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St Catherine's Indigenous students with Christine Anu for NAIDOC Day
Published
03 August 2018

My Island Home NAIDOC 2018

​K–12 students and staff were enchanted with stories and songs from special guest Christine Anu at our NAIDOC Week special assembly on Monday 30 July 2018. We were delighted to welcome Christine to our school, to share stories of her childhood growing up in the Torres Strait Islands and about being an Indigenous Australian.

Dressed in Indigenous colours our girls sang, danced and laughed along with Christine as she taught them songs from her childhood and her hits, including Sunshine on a Rainy Day and My Island Home. The girls especially loved seeing a snippet of Christine performing Taba Naba, a traditional song from the Torres Strait Island, alongside The Wiggles!

We are so grateful to Christine for being part of this special event and for being so generous with her time. Following the assembly, our senior students continued the NAIDOC celebrations with a BBQ lunch on the lawn. A big thank you to Mrs Robyn Blomfield, Indigenous Coordinator, and our Indigenous students for putting together a wonderful and memorable day of celebration.

Reflection
The annual NAIDOC festivities at St Catherine's are always fun and exciting, however this year's was definitely one to remember. All students K–​12 came together in recognition and celebration of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, swapping out their usual navy blue for the colours of the symbolic cultural flags. Famous singer and actress Christine Anu dropped in to provide everyone with some insight on her culture, as well as getting everybody on their feet and raising their voices to some of her most popular hits. And of course, all were able to enjoy a hearty lunch from the outdoor BBQ, with proceeds going to the G​O F​oundation, who provide many Indigenous students with the opportunity for an education through various scholarships. Eden Timbery Year 9