Hastings Public School celebrates NAIDOC Week

Hastings Public School celebrated NAIDOC in Week 10 of Term 2. The assembly was run on Monday morning by our Aboriginal students who are actively involved in the Junior AECG.

NAIDOC WEEK 2017 Theme: Our Languages Matter
NAIDOC WEEK 2017 Theme: Our Languages Matter

This year’s NAIDOC week focus was Our Languages Matter. The students celebrated this by learning the traditional Gathang language. Junior AECG members shared their knowledge of some Gathang words, and our K-2 students performed ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in Gathang language.

We had Uncle Bill O’Brien give the Welcome to Country at the beginning of our assembly. This was followed by Charles Maher telling us his story about his personal and sporting achievements as part of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. We then had a wonderful didgeridoo performance by Hayden Harry from Hastings Secondary College to end our assembly.

Every student created an Aboriginal artwork which was then used to decorate the school. Students participated in Indigenous games with Aboriginal students from Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus. They played a variety of games including Kolap, Goori and Wana. The whole school also participated in a Stomp Out The Gap fundraiser in which students shared stories.


Story contributed by Jason Kelly from Hastings Public School. Story published in 2017.