NAIDOC Week at Warners Bay High School

On Friday 24th June, NAIDOC Week celebrations were held at Warners Bay High School (WBHS).

The day began with a ceremony led by Year 12 students Chloe Whitson and Kyle Norman.

The National Anthem was sung by Junior AECG member Brittany Biles and accompanied by WBHS’s newly formed didgeridoo group.


The didgeridoo group, supported by Mr Alex Nean and boys from Wallsend High, performed for the first time using the didgeridoo’s they have spent the last 6 weeks making. They were followed by the wonderful dancers from Hunter Sports High School.

Year 7 and Year 9 students attended the ceremony, along with members of the Junior AECG, their families and community members.

At the conclusion of the ceremony there was a delicious morning tea, followed by some traditional games and a wonderful weaving workshop.

The students learnt to make rope and bracelets during the workshop that was run by Cherie Johnson from Speaking with Colour. It was a wonderful day.

Student comments:

I really enjoyed participating in NAIDOC Day as it brings me closer to my culture.

NAIDOC Day was fun. I liked the Aboriginal games and the food. The didgeridoo group was a great experience. I loved making it and playing it.

I liked being part of the didgeridoo group because it was a good experience and I played on stage learning new didge skills.

I thought the didge group was a fun experience and I enjoyed learning how to make a didge.

I liked watching the dancers, listening to the songs and hearing the Dreamtime story.

I enjoyed the basket weaving. I had a pretty good day.

Story contributed by Lisa Curran from Warners Bay High School. Published in 2016.