NAIDOC Celebration Event
On Friday 4 August Darwin High School held a NAIDOC Celebration event at lunchtime to celebrate the 2017 theme Our Languages Matter. A student led initiative by Year 11 Community Studies student Monique Ah-Sam, the event was generously supported by the Darwin High School Community.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. While Darwin High School has a history of acknowledging NAIDOC Week, this is the first time a student has approached the School Board and Executive team for support to deliver an event of this size.
Principal, Jill Hazeldine said
This event is a great opportunity for students, staff and the Darwin High community to participate in a range of activities and to support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Approximately 1400 Senior School students participated in the Darwin High School NAIDOC event activities, which included a traditional Welcome to Country and didgeridoo performance, a performance from local artist Ali Mills in language and a traditional dance by the TSI Dancers.
The event was also generously supported by the Hon. Michael Gunner, MLA, Paul Kirby, MLA, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Headspace, IYMP, CDU Batchelor College, Anglicare, Danila Dilba and Mission Australia.
Congratulations to Monique on such a fantastic event, plans are already underway for Darwin High School NAIDOC Week 2018.