Woy Woy PS celebrates Aboriginal connections

Woy Woy Public School commemorated National Reconciliation Week earlier this month with a series of activities aimed to teach students about Aboriginal culture.

The school celebrated national Reconciliation Week on June 2 with a walk around the school’s Dreaming Circle and Bush Tucker Garden.

Classes finished off the day with cultural activities.

Principals, Ona Buckley and Dan Betts, said staff had worn their new Woy Woy Public School Aboriginal staff polos in commemoration of National Sorry Day on May 26.

“We wore our new polos with pride … National Sorry Day provided us all with an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture,” they said.

“We flew the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week in recognition of the significance of these events for all Australians and as a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture.

“The ‘Walk for Reconciliation’ was a lovely way to demonstrate the pride we as a school have in the respectful relationships we have established with our Aboriginal students, families and local community members.”

The school’s cultural dance group, Guliyali Dancers, were also successfully accepted into the Central Coast Dance Festival this year.

The dancers performed the opening number for the show on June 16 at Laycock Street Theatre.

The school is also set to celebrate NAIDOC Week on June 23 with the Aunties from Mingaletta, Uncle Tim Selwyn and Maurice Goolagong to teach all students about Aboriginal culture.

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