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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920’s which sought to increase the awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

This week (15-19th July), we will be holding our NAIDOC Week celebrations at BSHS. Although it was celebrated nationally last week (8-14th July), we have pushed our celebrations back a week due to the demands of the start of the term. This year the theme of the celebrations is “Yirrkala Bark Petitions”.  We have a number of events running in the school including:

·         The NAIDOC afternoon tea to experience some Aboriginal culture, local foods 
          and meet some of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait parents.

·         Student vs. teacher Indigenous Game called " Kabi Buroinjin” 
          (Ka-bi  Ka-bi  Bur-oin-jin)

·         ARTIE Launch (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education)

·         YUGAMBEH plaque unveiling

This will be a fantastic week to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful work that occurs here at school with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.