NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
On Thursday July 4, EBPS held a NAIDOC celebration with a whole day of Indigenous activities. And what a colourful and exciting day we had! The year 1-7 children were partnered up with a ‘buddy’ from a different year group and placed in a ‘clan’. To kick off the day, Luke Tooze and Sam Orme played the didgeridoo and the school choir entertained us with a song. Then the clans rotated through 6 activities over the day; including face painting, bush tucker, dreamtime stories, rock painting, music, dance, sports and mya myas. The children thoroughly enjoyed interacting with new friends while learning about the Aboriginal culture and traditions.
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. We were proud to be involved and to honour the traditional custodians of the land.
We held a special assembly today in recognition of East Butler being a “Waterwise” School. City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and “Waterwise” Schools Program Coordinator Mike Bryant, attended the ceremony and presented our school with recognition certificates.
As well as the school receiving a certificate, Mrs Williamson and Mrs Anderson also received certificates for being the coordinators who have played a crucial role in East Butler being officially recognised. Our Head Boy Harry and Head Girl Skye proudly accepted the award for our wonderful school.
During the special assembly the students from Room 13 and 14 also shared some of their PowerPoint presentations about being water wise and then led the whole school in our new community song “Revolution” by Tracy Chapman.
Congratulations also to the students that won our major values prizes for Term 1.
Our students in Room 8 finished their cyborg named “Mechanico” this week and it is now on display at Lakeside Joondalup. We are hoping that all of our families visit and vote for our school.
The cyborgs are located in the Great Space in the Centre. Sunday is the Re-Cyborg Family Fun Day. Everyone that comes to the Centre to vote will receive double votes for their favourite school! Just to recap friends and family can vote when they shop at the Centre and show their receipts to the Information Kiosk who will give them a voting form for every receipt. All voting forms will also go in the draw for a customer prize to win one of three $200 Sisters Supa IGA Gift Vouchers.
There will be a range of free family activities on the day as well, these include
· Jitterbug Workshop – Create your very own mini robot to take home
· Face Painting
· Live Music
· Mindarie Regional Council Workshop – Interactive display including games and activities
The free games and entertainment will be available from 11.30am – 3.30pm.
The Cyborgs will be on display for the next two weeks until Tuesday 16th April so there is still plenty of time to get as many votes in!
Today our fantastic Student Leadership Team received their shirts and badges. We look forward to the students wearing their shirts proudly at special events and when representing our school.