Singleton students immersed in NAIDOC week

PROUD PERFORMERS: Singleton Heights Public School students performed an Aboriginal dance for the end of term assembley ahead of NAIDOC week.
PROUD PERFORMERS: Singleton Heights Public School students performed an Aboriginal dance for the end of term assembley ahead of NAIDOC week.

Singleton primary students shared the same voice, treaty and truth last week on the eve of the school holidays.

These were the three elements which formed this year's theme for NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week which officially commences today.

Singleton Heights Public School teacher Kate Ferguson-Smith told the Singleton Argus she was proud to see how far her school had expanded its Indigenous awareness in recent years.

"We had a NAIDOC ceremony which saw students perform some dance and singing," the Mrs Ferguson-Smith explained.

"This year's theme is 'Voice, Treaty and Truth' so we've sung songs in a Torres Strait Islander language and we've discussed having a voice for the culture within our school.

"As a result we had ten minute sessions talking about artefacts, different exhibits about different things we do around the school and students completing artwork and games and music and lots of other things."

Students and staff were immersed in the culture last week before parents and distinguished guests gathered on Friday afternoon for the opening of the school's new yarning circle.

"A yarning circle is a practise which has been going on for Aboriginal culture for centuries," Mrs Ferguson-Smith continued.

"It's a way to facilitate open and honest discussions it's a way to resolve any issues or complex problems going on.

"We are very grateful to Glencore for having it."

MEANWHILE students and staff from the Singleton Public School were also intrigued to participate in a smoking ceremony on Thursday morning.

The ancient aboriginal custom involves burning various native plants to produce smoke, which has cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits from the people and the land and make pathway for a brighter future.