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NAIDOC Celebrations 2016

​Students painting outside the Goombuckar Bus
Bribie Island State School celebrated NAIDOC Day during the week of Monday, 20rd– 24th June 2016 and what a week it was! This year the school was fortunate to receive funding from the Australian Government to allow all of our students to attend the celebrations free of charge.
The Goombuckar Cultural bus was the main attraction which both entertained, informed and inspired our students. It was a very successful day with all students from Prep to Year 6 involved in a range of interesting and educational cultural activities.
Each class attended sessions both inside and outside the bus. Inside the bus, students learnt about local Gubbi Gubbi culture, language and traditional stories. It was fascinating to learn about some of the local Gubbi Gubbi legends.
Outside the bus students enjoyed experimenting with paint to create artworks that reflected native Australian animals. Students also enjoyed experimenting with ochre, painting traditional symbols on their faces and various parts of their body.
Students and teachers overwhelmingly reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the Goombuckar cultural experience. It was also great to hear from parents that their children had been keen to share their experiences that evening.
During the week, our annual Indigenous Morning Tea was held. Families enjoyed spending time together. It was also an opportunity for Stephen Nicholson to share the school’s vision for a community garden with families contributing ideas and support for this exciting project.
Many thanks to the Indigenous Committee for their support and assistance, Mr Nicholson for sharing his vision for the Community garden and to Peter Aczel for his help in setting up the morning tea and the Goombuckar Van. Also a big thank you to our tuckshop for providing a wonderful morning tea for our indigenous families.
Funded by the Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet