Port Lincoln school marks NAIDOC Week

HANDS: Lani Cocks and Taylah David among the hands planted with NAIDOC Week messages at Port Lincoln Primary School.
HANDS: Lani Cocks and Taylah David among the hands planted with NAIDOC Week messages at Port Lincoln Primary School.

Celebrations for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week may have been postponed across the country until later this year but the spirit was shown to be alive in Port Lincoln.

The National NAIDOC Committee announced last month NAIDOC Week would be moved to November 8-15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However Port Lincoln Primary School continued with its celebrations on the last week of term, with students learning about what it meant to be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and the significance of this year's theme, 'Always Was, Always Will Be'.

The week started with a ceremony and raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags with activities throughout the week including badge making and cutting a NAIDOC Week cake.

Finally the school gathered for a march around the school on Friday before planting hands made by the students, which on one side they wrote about their cultural background and on the other what reconciliation meant to them.

Hands planted by students at Port Lincoln Primary School.

Hands planted by students at Port Lincoln Primary School.

The school's Aboriginal education teacher Cheryl Harris said students learned that when Captain Cook came to Australia he did not find it, Australia always was and always will be here.

"Science shows the Aboriginal people have been here for 60,000 years, so they always have been here and always will be here," she said.

Primary school student Lani Cocks said her her the week was about sharing our cultures and recognising the Aboriginal people were here first.

Fellow student Taylah David is of Torres Strait Islander background and said it was great that the school still celebrated the NAIDOC theme at this time of the year.

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council community administrator Heather Hirschausen-Cox said it was great to see local students continue to observe the week.

She said community events would take place in November, including the march and community cookout.

"We are bound by the COVID restrictions and therefore will have it in November," she said.