Coming together for NAIDOC Week

Coming together for NAIDOC Week

Traditional dancing at the NAIDOC Week assembly.

CBC Fremantle commenced NAIDOC Week celebrations with a vibrant College assembly, including a stunning performance of traditional Indigenous dancing.

The assembly launches a week of events at the College, including didgeridoo lessons and face painting, culminating with an all-day incursion for Year 7 students on Friday.

Tyrese Warrell and Nathan Cleary (both Year 8) began the assembly with an Acknowledgement of Country, and explained why the opportunity to express respect for the traditional owners of the land is so important both for the boys and the College.

Marcus Hayden (Year 8) was then joined by Olman Walley, who performed a traditional Welcome to Country, a ceremony that can only be performed by Indigenous people.

The event continued as Lucus Steffensen (Year 8) explained the significance of the Aboriginal flag, and Jimmy Roe Thompson (Year 9) raised the colours.

Principal Shaun Kenny emphasised that CBC is not an exclusive community, but rather strives to be as inclusive of all people. He also reminded boys that our strength as a community comes through unity, which we can achieve by recognising and celebrating our differences.

The highlight of the ceremony was a display of traditional dances while Mr Walley played the didgeridoo, imitating animals and the sound of the Australian bush with musical droning and bursts of staccato rhythm.

Students departing on the Kiwirrkurra Immersion were also farewelled at the assembly, as they prepare to spend 10 days in one of the world's most remote communities in the Pilbara.

NAIDOC Week is a highlight on the College calendar, and serves as an important opportunity for students to learn about the world's oldest culture.