Coolum Primary School students celebrate NAIDOC Week: Back, Chantel Kennedy, Sam Hope, Holly Fraser; centre, Jai Williams, Dion Riemann; and, front, Tom Yarwood and Teigan Thomas. Photo: scw913a
Coolum Primary School students celebrate NAIDOC Week: Back, Chantel Kennedy, Sam Hope, Holly Fraser; centre, Jai Williams, Dion Riemann; and, front, Tom Yarwood and Teigan Thomas. Photo: scw913a

Cultures come together

Coolum Primary School students and teachers joined in NAIDOC Week activities last week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Students from prep to Year 7 learnt about Indigenous music, dance, art and crafts, traditional food and storytelling.

The school used the NAIDOC Week theme of Advance Australia Fair to talk about reconciliation.

Deputy principal Karen Hatchman said the week’s activities had educated teachers and students as well as the wider community about the history and culture of Australia’s traditional people.

“The school has facilitated lots of learning about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and through our children I think their parents are being educated by the information that they’re taking home and sharing with them,” she said.

One of the most popular activities of the week was the communal art workshops that produced vibrant, colourful creations honouring indigenous culture.

The works are of such a high standard that there have been suggestions of a public exhibition.


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