Highlights from 2021 were:
NAIDOC Week celebrations were held at Warners Bay High School in July this year. Junior AECG students spoke about the significance of NAIDOC and the importance of this year’s theme, “Heal our Country” and the national anthem was played in both Awabakal and English. Junior AECG students then participated in painting and weaving activities and created a beautiful weaving piece.
Sorry Day 2021
Sorry Day was commemorated with a whole school assembly run by Junior AECG students Ruby and Madison. They spoke passionately about the impact of the Stolen Generation on families and the importance of reconciliation and acknowledging of the past. Laeysha lit the candle of remembrance and Simone read a significant poem about new beginnings and positive relationships by Meriki Raelene Parkinson Fraser.
Junior AECG students
Twelve Junior AECG students represented the school at the opening of the Biddabah yarning circle where they were entertained by singing, dancing and stories from Biddabah students and their families. The students were very proud to see WBHS alumni Kara Kelly's artwork "Let's Yarn" welcome visitors and guests to this wonderful space designed for people to meet and share stories.
Aboriginal Numeracy Gala Day
Four students attended the Aboriginal Numeracy Gala Day held at McDonald Jones Stadium. This day, run by the University of Newcastle provided the students with an opportunity to develop their numeracy skills while running drills, working out salary caps and building their dream NRL teams. They also got to meet some of the Newcastle Knights players.
Wollotuka Insight Day
Four students attended the Wollotuka Insight Day at Newcastle University to experience university life and see how their school subjects align with university courses. Students took part in interactive workshops delivered by various faculties such as the School of Creative Industries, Nursing, Architecture, Business and Education. This informative day provided students with an increased understanding of what University courses are available and how Wollotuka can support their further education.
Bangarra Dance program
Thirteen Junior AECG students participated in an online Bangarra Dance program over four weeks. Students learnt about the significance of Aboriginal dance, worked collaboratively to develop some of their own choreography and integrated this into a contemporary dance piece. They were supported by AEW Kalina Kelly and Deputy Principal Ms Megan Fletcher who assisted the students with the choreography and participated in the dancing.