This year’s National NAIDOC theme is Our Languages Matter, which aims to emphasize and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity. Through story and song, languages link people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites.
The College welcomed two guest speakers to address the assembly, Mr Doug Powers and Mr Jake Cox (’16). Mr Powers is the father of a Year 7 student, and also an artist who worked with the students in our Indigenous Program to produce a beautiful painting which he presented to Mr Banks.
Mr Cox was a 2016 leaver, and also part of the Indigenous Program at Trinity. He spoke to students about his experience in the program, and how he changed career paths from a Traineeship to University. He is now studying Sports Science at UWA with teaching as his end goal. He acknowledged that changing pathways was difficult and daunting, but he urged all students to step out of their comfort zone and take a risk; even if they don’t succeed they will be closer to their goals than if they never tried.
The assembly wouldn’t be complete without some amazing performances. The audience was wowed by the Year 7-9 Indigenous students on the didge and beat box, followed by a vocal performance from Mr David Pigram (’81). The TC band Diversity took the stage next, with their original song “Sing for You”. This song is a tribute to a family member who passed away in 2016. The final performance was a dance choreographed by Mr Cox (’16) that told the story of two small groups of hunters hunting two kangaroos. The two groups needed to work together to catch the kangaroos, which were then resurrected into humans.