NAIDOC Week festivities at Scotch

Scotch College students embraced the opportunity to appreciate the different aspects of Aboriginal and Islander culture during the school's NAIDOC Week celebrations.

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee and the week of celebrations for Scotch boys meant being actively involved in tangible experiences including Bush Tucker tasting, a collaborative reconciliation art project, indigenous dance and a fast-paced game of basketball with students from Clontarf.

The week culminated in the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags to the sounds of the bagpipes and didgeridoo with 'welcome to country' delivered by Mr Shane Obdella acknowledging traditional custodianship of the land. Mr Obdella also lit a smoking fire to symbolise cleansing of the spirit.

Contemporary elements weren't forgotten with Paul Callow, WAMI 2009 Indigenous Song Writer of the Year, performing his own hip-hop song at the senior assembly in the Dickinson Centre.