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2014 NAIDOC Day

​NAIDOC Day Celebrations 2014
We are all members of a very diverse school. Many of you come from the far reaches of our wonderful world. We are a small school with an enormous heart.

NAIDOC Week has been established so that every year as a nation we can recognise our cultural diversity during the first full week of July. . As the first week of July occurs during our school holidays, we have declared Friday June 27 as our NAIDOC Day.

Today we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For us at Moorooka, this means celebrating with our indigenous friends across the school.

My name is Zac Syntageros. I am proud to be Aboriginal. Thank you to everyone for helping to celebrate my culture today. 

As the senior most indigenous student at Moorooka State School I have the honour of introducing our Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students to you.

My name is Sylvia Malayta. I am very proud of my Aboriginal heritage. I’d like to share some information about my flag.

The Aboriginal Flag, which was designed in 1971, symbolises Aboriginal identity. 
Yellow represents the sun: the giver of life, and yellow ochre. Red represents the ground: our earth, and red ochre used in ceremonies. Black represents the Aboriginal people. And that’s the three colours, black, yellow and red that, represent the Aboriginal flag.

My name is Anakii Titasey and I am from the Torres Strait Islands. This is my flag. The Torres Strait Island flag symbolises the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders. The green on top and on the bottom represent the lands of the people. The blue is the sea surrounding our land. The black represents the people. The Dahrri headdress is a symbol for all Torres Strait Islanders.

My name is Ella Ruben and I am also Aboriginal. I want to share some of my culture with you today. We have planned lots of different activities for you to be involved in today. You will get to hear some traditional Aboriginal stories and see some old hunting and food gathering artifacts when you meet with Troy. Some classes will get to play traditional Aboriginal games and there are some colouring activities and videos to watch.

There is one very special emblem of the Aboriginal people that you will have the opportunity to learn about today: the boomerang. Once used as hunting tool, the boomerang is unique to the Aboriginal people. Our gift to you today is a boomerang painting ceremony. Every member of our Moorooka community will be given their very own boomerang to paint in traditional colours and take home. You won’t be able to throw it, but you will be able to hang it proudly on your wall at home.