Proserpine schools get together to celebrate NAIDOC Week

A TOTAL of six schools took part in NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Proserpine State School on Monday.

Students from St Catherine's (high and primary), Proserpine State School (high and primary), Cannonvale State School and C and K kindy kids all took part in face painting, sand art, boomerang throwing, collage and beading and plaiting workshops.

Deputy principle of the Proserpine Sate School, Alison Bradford, said it was the first time all schools had participated in NAIDOC Week celebrations together.

 

"We have teamed up Proserpine and St Cath's kids together. There is a buddy class from each school that work together," she said.

"We have older Proserpine kids with younger St Cath's kids and older St Cath's kids with younger Proserpine kids."

Acclaimed indigenous author Boori Monty Pryor was also at the school to conduct storytelling workshops.

He employed a teaching method that encouraged kids to be a part of the story he was telling rather than sitting passively.

"They become part of the story by being inside the story," he said.

This makes "their artwork and their feeling a lot deeper".

Mr Pryor said the message of NAIDOC Week was getting across to the younger generation.

After the activities the schools combined for a Welcome to Country ceremony performed by Sue West and then participated in a march around the oval.


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