On Tuesday 31st August our students from all 3 school sites came together at the Willagee site for our Aboriginal Cultural Day. The day started with learning some Noongar songs with performers from KOORLONG – Noongar Songs in Schools. The students then broke into groups and went through rotational activities including painting Australian animals, playing some Aboriginal sports and games, craft activities, puzzles and playing musical instruments.
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As part of the lead up to our NAIDOC celebrations, on Thursday 24th June our Willagee students were very fortunate to be a part of a traditional Smoking Ceremony. Pop Neville, a highly regarded Fremantle LDC and Beeliar Elder performed the Smoking Ceremony and had recently performed it for the “Dream Time at the G” at Optus Stadium.
The smoking ceremony is a traditional Noongar ritual used to not only cleanse and purify a specific area, but it cleanses the spirit, body, and soul whilst you are on Noongar Country. It also helps to ward off warra wirrin – bad spirits and to bring in the blessings of the kwop wirrin – good spirits.