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NAIDOC Week marked

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August 09, 2017

The NAIDOC Week assembly closed with students performing traditional Aboriginal dances.

All of the school’s Aboriginal students participated in the assembly.

Students performed with musical instruments during the assembly.

Shepparton’s St Georges Road Primary School students celebrated Aboriginal culture at a NAIDOC Week assembly on Friday.

NAIDOC Week, which is held during the July school holidays, is celebrated by the school in the third week of Term 3 so students can learn about Aboriginal culture.

During the assembly, the school’s Aboriginal students danced, sang and performed with didgeridoos and clap sticks in front of fellow students, teachers and family.

‘‘This assembly follows up a lot of learning that takes place in the classroom on the First People curriculum,’’ principal Dougie Souter said.

‘‘It’s a celebration of our Koorie culture program, which is a part of the curriculum.’’

Ms Souter said it was important the school celebrated Aboriginal culture because of its diversity.

‘‘Identity is really important to our students for wherever they have come from,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s about being an inclusive school and respecting culture.’’

Year 4 student Clinton Edwards, 9, delivered a speech at the assembly about how he celebrated NAIDOC Week.

Clinton, who is part of the Bangerang Cultural Centre dance group, performed in different towns across the state.

He then performed similar dances in front of his peers on Friday.

‘‘I like celebrating my culture and being who I am,’’ he said.

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