Today we gathered together as a College to celebrate NAIDOC Week. This year's NAIDOC theme, Always Was, Always Will Be, acknowledges that this nation's story began at the dawn of time and didn't begin with documented European contact.
We welcomed back two Old Boys of the College, Ben McGuire ('17) and Lachlan Sibosado ('19) who both spoke wonderfully. Ben discussed his ancestors, specifically his Nan, and shared with our students some of the struggles she faced as a young Aboriginal woman living in Western Australia (WA). He thanked her for helping to pave the way for him and other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. Lachie spoke about his own cultural experiences growing up in WA. He shared some of the difficulties he faced fitting in with his peers and finding his place. He urged all students to look past stereotypes and appearances and reminded them that truly knowing yourself is an ongoing process.
Following Ben and Lachie's addresses, Year 10 student Colby presented an art project to the Head of Year 10, Ms Amanda Marocchi, that reflects this year's NAIDOC theme. The Year 10 cohort joined the Year 10 students in the Aboriginal program in placing their thumbprint around the artwork to reflect their understanding and appreciation of Australian Aboriginality. Together they created a beautiful piece of art.
The assembly concluded with three performances that did not disappoint; a musical piece from the Didge Boys, a vocal performance from Year 11 student Nehemiah and a cultural dance.
As usual, the students in the Trinity College Aboriginal Program did a terrific job in today's assembly. A big thank you to Mr Malarkey and Ms McLernon, the Aboriginal Coordinators, for their work in organising today's events.