The whole school celebrated NAIDOC week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
It is now a week that is celebrated each year in the first week of July. We celebrate NAIDOC week so we can show our respect to the Indigenous people whose land we are gathered on.
We have learnt about the history of NAIDOC week and more about our Indigenous culture. Mark, our Koorie Education Support Officer, came in to speak to the Year 5s about this very important week.
He taught us lots of facts about Indigenous culture and how NAIDOC week was formed. He also told us a very interesting and special fact about our school! OSPS sits on two traditional Aboriginal lands – Wurundjeri and Bunurong lands.
The Year 5 building is on Bunurong land while the Preps and Year 1s are on Wurundjeri land.
The Year 5s did lots of different activities in our classrooms like creating a new flag using parts of our 3 flags, research about significant Australian Indigenous people who have made contributions to our community and read lots of amazing picture story books about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.