NAIDOC Week grows cultural appreciation

Heidi Kraak

The importance of learning about different cultures and practices was emphasised during NAIDOC Week celebrations at Liddiard Road Primary School earlier this week. School principal Richard Price said students rotated through six different NAIDOC-themed activities during the day.

Oliver, Declyn, Reid and Aaden helped create a giant rainbow serpent picture with their own handprints. photograph hayley mills

Oliver, Declyn, Reid and Aaden helped create a giant rainbow serpent picture with their own handprints. photograph hayley mills

"The activities were centred around developing their understanding of Koorie culture," he said.

"They looked at the flags, the Koorie flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag and then looked at symbols and artefacts."

Mr Price said the school had a guest speaker who talked to students about the different tools Aboriginal people had developed.

"They also did a couple of Dreamtime stories so they learned about those and the meaning behind the Dreamtime stories," he said.

"It was really just about developing their understanding of Koorie culture.

A popular activity on the day was the creation of a big rainbow serpent which students made with their own handprints.

Mr Price said NAIDOC celebrations were important because they helped students develop an appreciation of other cultures.

"We've got quite a few Koorie students at Liddiard Road so it is good for the other students to learn about their background and develop some more tolerance, tolerance for differences," he said.

"Usually people are not so tolerant when they are not informed of how other people operate.

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