Next week is NAIDOC week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures. The name stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee, a group which pioneered recognition of indigenous culture in the 1920’s. Every year since then the week has been dedicated to this important initiative. This year’s theme is Voice, to coincide with the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.
To mark NAIDOC week, I introduced our assembly on Wednesday with some words from the Darug language, the indigenous language that is nearest to Glenaeon and still living: Warami budyari mullinawul, which means Welcome and greetings! We flew the Aboriginal flag, the one recently presented to the school by our local MP Trent Zimmermann.
Also on Wednesday our Year 11 students returned from Katherine and Kakadu in the NT where they worked with aboriginal children at MacFarlane Primary School. This year our students were taken “on country” by the Arnold and Levina, the cultural elders who work with the school, and we look forward to Year 11’s report on their expedition at the first assembly next term.
End of term:
With the school now on winter break, Mike Thomson’s Maintenance team is geared up for a number of projects. An external contractor will be undertaking a large, the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the Hall and the D&T building.
Steiner Education Australia is holding its biennial conference at the Cape Byron Steiner school and a large contingent of teachers will be travelling up to engage with 250 teachers from across Australia for a week of professional learning and celebrating 100 years of Steiner education around the world.
I wish all students and families a restful and refreshing break, and look forward to seeing everyone for the first day of Term 3 on Wednesday July 24th.
- Andrew Hill