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NAIDOC WeekPosted in College Community on Monday, 9 September, 2019

NAIDOC Week was celebrated in the College during Week 7, with lots of festivities.

A special NAIDOC Week College Crest was designed by Year 9 student, Dakota Griffiths and was displayed proudly on the front-of-College LED sign, welcoming students to NAIDOC Week.

On Tuesday, the Secondary students were treated to a special music performance by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse. Known for her pure, haunting vocals, Gina Williams is one of those rare performers who connects and captures audiences through the power of song, made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language. Gina has been steadily gaining a reputation across Australia for bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments and poignant stories with that beautiful voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured and represented, and there’s an endearing onstage charisma that comes from someone who, in spite of all that’s happened before, simply refuses to give up. Gina is a Balladong (Noongar) daughter with links, through her grandmother, to the Kitja people of the East Kimberley. Her music is informed by an ancient Indigenous culture and she has drawn from a deep well of recent West Australian stories and an even deeper personal history.

The smell of lemon myrtle cake and freshly made golden damper with bush tucker jams, bush tucker oils and dukkha wafted into Central Park, enticing students to step forward and try something new. Students who purchased a sausage sizzle for lunch had the choice of kangaroo or beef sausages, with the money raised being donated to an Aboriginal charity to help children in need.

The National NAIDOC Theme for 2019 was – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. MCC NAIDOC Week contributed in taking that next step towards this goal.

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