From Monday 5 August to Friday 10 August, Sacred Heart celebrated NAIDOC Week with the theme for this year being “Because of Her, We Can”.

A display was set up in the McInerney Centre for students to have a wander through. It included work that Year 10s did in their Humanities class and two murals that students contributed to with the guidance of Caitlin and Grace from Urban Indigenous. Students also practised their weaving skills. On Tuesday, students had a selection of foods to taste, including kangaroo, emu and crocodile and damper. There were also biscuits infused with bush herbs (Lemon Myrtle Shortbread, Chocolate Wattleseed Snaps and Quondong Jam Drops) made by the Home Economics department.

Our assembly on Wednesday was a hit with the students and Mr Sofoulis’ band, The Struggling Kings, performed at the end. My daughter, Keziah Bin Sali, and I spoke to the students and staff about our past and growing up in the country before moving to Perth.

On Friday we had a visit from Derek Nannup, a local Noongar man who enjoys performing in front of people and entertaining them with his humour and Indigenous culture.

Overall, the week was a wonderful celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and particularly the role played by women.

Jodie Hunter
Aboriginal Liaison Officer