School unites for NAIDOC Week
BLAIR State School has united students, staff, families and the community in creativity for the school's NAIDOC celebrations.
Indigenous teacher's aide Katrina Jones, Sharon Farrow, Sharon Fourmile and Rose Maguire are the NAIDOC organisers.
"This year we have produced three major art pieces throughout the school," Ms Jones said.
The teacher's aide said the first artwork was four large fibreglass didgeridoos with each of the school's expectations written on them.
"The story wall has a picture of a rainbow serpent painted by one of our indigenous colleagues, Nathan," Ms Jones said.
Students and staff have also just finished their welcome garden.
A plaque contains a welcome message for visitors and a message of respect for elders. "The garden also has original hand-painted sandstones painted by parents, grandparents, students and staff," Ms Jones said.
"These projects will help the students feel a belonging and bring unity as one school. Our colleague Jacki Ferguson is currently on leave but was the main organiser.
"Our activities ran throughout the week, starting with boomerang painting and beading, boomerang throwing with Uncle Bill and Dean Smith from Kambu, indigenous games with Shannon from Deadly Choices, story cloth painted by students and made and donated by a staff member's mother."
On Saturday the school completed its NAIDOC celebrations with a closing ceremony, with Aunty Fawn doing the Welcome to Country and Blair indigenous dancers performing.