Kempsey High School’s NAIDOC assembly

Prior to the holidays, Elders, special guests, parents, students and staff collaborated for the NAIDOC assembly led by the Junior AECG in preparation for the celebrations for NAIDOC Week 2017.

To open the event, Aunties Esther Quinlan, Gladys Atkinson, Caroline Bradshaw and Juli Morris, with students from the Girls Academy sang ‘I Am Australian’ in Dhungutti language. Those assembled learnt more about the deep spiritual significance of Aboriginal languages, which enables Aboriginal people to maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law.

Seven students were honoured with NAIDOC Awards.


Leadership Awards: Dominic Hearne and Connor McKelvie

Vocational Education: Sarah Honess

Creativity: Genevieve Dunn

Academic: Teesha Spearpoint

Sport: Ivan Madden

Citizenship: Trent Fernando

Encouragement Awards: Leon Thompson, Natoya Quinlan and Katherine Honess

NAIDOC Staff Award: Georgie Morris

Story contributed by Jed Peisley from Kempsey High School. Story published in 2017.