NAIDOC Celebrations 2021

Ellenbrook Secondary College is on Whadjuk Noongar Country. 

To end Term 3, the College celebrated a postponed NAIDOC Week, this years theme being ‘Heal Country’. Vaughn McGuire, a Whadjuk Nyoongar man and educator opened the day with a Welcome to Country at the College Assembly. Thank you, Vaugh for speaking at our assembly, sharing your knowledge and teaching the students and staff a few Noongar words. 

The Clontarf boys should be very proud of their first-ever performance as ‘Wern-Nup’ (spirit boys) with the help of Neil from the Midn Marr Cultural Group. Thank you to Neil Coyne, and his sons from the Midn Marr group for mentoring and preparing this moving and powerful performance. 

Ms McFarlane was busy this week cooking and preparing a feast for our students. Crocodile, emu and kangaroo were on the menu at lunch one, and it was safe to say the students were all eager to try the traditional food! 

To close our NAIDOC celebrations, Vaughn conducted a smoking ceremony for the Clontarf boys and Deadly Sista Girls to run through before their footy match. It was great to see many students down on the oval cheering on and spectating the impressive scratch match. 

Thank you to everyone involved in making this day possible, and a special mention to Vaugh McGuire, Neil Coyne, The Midn Marr Cultural Group, Mandy Christou our Aboriginal Islander Education Officer, Beni and Tyler our House Support Officers, Wayne and Matt from Clontarf, Siobhann from Deadly Sista Girlz and lastly out student services team.

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