Last month, Ms Kymberley
Oakley, Aboriginal Education Coordinator put together a week full of culture to
reflect this year’s NAIDOC Theme – Because
of Her, We Can!
The week commenced with La Salle College’s Aboriginal Teacher Assistant and
Artist Mr Kevin Bynder (who also designed the Indigenous Round Guernseys for
West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide) designing a 6 panel artwork that depicts
the Noongar seasons. All students at the College were invited
to paint these panels which will then be displayed in the iCentre.
La Salle College Year 7 and 8 Boarding students
together with Woodwork teachers Mr Peter Pooley (Learning Area Coordinator –
Technologies), Mr John Velardo and Mr Peter Vitalich were busy making the 128
Message Sticks for the 64 Pastoral Care Groups. Each Pastoral
Care Group created their own message of reconciliation on the sticks, that have been placed on the prayer focus tables in each Pastoral Care Group.
Les Oakley, a Malgana Chef who owns 2 Deadly
Food and Fitness prepared with the boarding students morning tea for
staff. The students were dressed in chef's whites and serving food
to the staff.
The menu included: Emu Pizza, Smoked
Crocodile Pizza, Kangaroo Sausage Roll with Bush Tomato Sauce, Mini gluten free
Kangaroo Burger, slow cooked sticky Kangaroo tail, mini gluten free bush
damper, Lemon Myrtle Cheese Cake, Native Bush Berry Pavlova, Bush Inspired
Tiramisu and Sponge Cake Quandong Jam and Cream.
“The morning tea is about experiencing something
new and broadening people’s understanding and assisting our students to develop
confidence and self-esteem” whilst also “raising money for literacy resources
for our 13 remote Kimberley Schools”
During the NAIDOC Assembly, special guests included
Boorloo Cultural Experience, Tinesha Sampi, Moombaki Choir, Krista Dunstan and
Mr Olman Walley.
The students entered the Patricia Rodrigues Centre
with a Smoking Ceremony by Mr Olman Walley who also did the Welcome to
Country. Ms Kymberley Oakley spoke
about this year’s theme and special guest speaker Krista Dunstan, Principal
Policy Officer with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, spoke to
students and staff.
Hip Hop Dance Performance by Tinesha Sampi and
Moombaki provided the entertainment for this special assembly.
Tinesha has created her own dance company and
currently dances for both Elan Dance Company and Society Dance Company.
Moombaki is Noongar for ‘where the rivers meet the
sky’. Moombaki are an eclectic ensemble of artists who perform a
mixture of their own songs and covers of songs by various Aboriginal
artists. The group's style is a mixture of contemporary and R&B that integrates
spiritual influences and incorporates their own unique style of hauntingly
beautiful and inspirational lyrics.
NAIDOC Week concluded with the Pastoral Care
Group’s Quiz Competition. The quiz
related to indigenous facts, policies, people and information relating to
Aboriginal Education at La Salle College. Students competing
in this quiz were required to find the answers by interacting with students
within Aboriginal Education.
Congratulations to McCormack 6 who won the cooking
demonstration by Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi Dreaming.