NAIDOC Celebrations – St Brigid’s College

NAIDOC Celebrations – St Brigid’s College

19 July 2022

MADALAH staff joined St Brigid’s College for their NAIDOC Week assembly.

On arrival, staff, students and guests were invited to a smoking ceremony conducted by Elder James Kearing where they all walked through a gentle smoke before entering the gymnasium. This was followed by a beautiful Welcome to Country where James explained that when we walk through the smoke we leave all the bad energy and spirits outside.

The celebrations continued with guests from Binar, including MADALAH scholar Malachi Desmond. Together they performed 4 songs, played the Didge and danced amazingly. They also interacted with the students from all year levels, asking the crowd engaging questions!

St Brigid’s also invited additional guest speakers, including MADALAH Student & Families Support Officer Tiarna Wynne, who is also MADALAH alumni and Miss NAIDOC 2021. Tiarna spoke about her experience at the college and the Miss NAIDOC Program. It was fantastic to hear each of the guest speakers stories, how they are tied to country and what the 2022 NAIDOC Week Theme of “Get up, Stand up, show up!” means to them.

We were also super proud of our soon-to-be graduates for introducing each guest speaker to the stage!

Acknowledgement of Country

MADALAH acknowledges and pays tribute to the Whadjuk Noongar, the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work, and we pay our respects to their Elders – past, present and emerging. This acknowledgement extends to the First Peoples’ land across the state of Western Australia which is home to the many students that we support.

MADALAH recognises and values the continuity of cultural, educational and spiritual practices of First Peoples.

We wish to advise our First Peoples that this site may contain the names, images or audio-visual recordings of people who have passed.