From Mr Richard Bryant, Student Formation and Wellbeing
This year’s theme “always was always will be” recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for well over 65,000 years. It recognises that First Nations People are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.
This year Waverley College celebrated that connection in several different ways. The most significant of these celebrations was the smoking by John Allen, grandfather of Hamish Witten and Oliver Brownie, John explained the importance of smoke to First Nation People and gave us a beautiful “Fire Blessing” which resonated with us all.
Fran Grant (mother or Lachie and Charlie) came in later in the week and explained this year’s theme, she explained how NAIDOC week had come so far in her lifetime but also recognised we had much further go.
It was great this year to have NAIDOC week fall during the school term, and we look to celebrate further in 2021.