Council supports NAIDOC School Initiatives

5 December, 2016Posted in: Community, Events

NAIDOC School Initiatives 2016

Wingecarribee Shire Council was proud to support the 2016 NAIDOC Week School Initiative Competition.

The initiatives were coordinated by Koori Kids in partnership with the NSW State Government Departments of Education, Health, Education and Communities NSW, Aboriginal Affairs NSW and Transport for NSW.

“These activities aim to promote awareness, respect and harmony within school communities,” said Council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer Melissa Wiya.

“Council has supported this initiative for the past ten years ensuring that schools within our Shire have the opportunity to participate,” continued Ms Wiya.

Over 210,000 entries were received across a range of categories including a short story, essay writing and colouring-in competition.

Bowral Public School student Trieste Cauchois was presented with a NAIDOC Medal of Excellence by Executive Director of NAIDOC Week 2016 School Initiatives, Dylan Williams on 11 November 2016.

“During the assembly it was announced that Bowral Public School was the only school within our Local Government Area to have received an award two years in a row,” said Ms Wiya.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the school and our community.”

Bowral Public School student Lulu Sandilands received a NAIDOC Medal of Excellence in 2015.

NAIDOC Week 2017 will be celebrated from 2 to 9 July 2017 and will focus on the theme, Our Languages Matter.

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