Broncos, bush tucker at Wellington Point NAIDOC celebrations

NAIDOC: South East Region 2019 NAIDOC Awards recipients and Monique Cora with Jack Bird of the Broncos.
NAIDOC: South East Region 2019 NAIDOC Awards recipients and Monique Cora with Jack Bird of the Broncos.

WELLINGTON Point State High School students and staff enjoyed cultural activities, bush tucker and a visit from a Brisbane Broncos star during NAIDOC celebrations last week.

Earlier this term,the school held a full school assembly followed by market stalls, live entertainment and kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat sampling.

The event was attended by various Indigenous members of the community as well as Broncos player Jack Bird, who was on hand to kick a football with students.

Kelly Marc from Wellington Point State High School said the school had worked for several years to build respectful relationships with Quandamooka communities.

"It is important that we continue to listen to the voices of our local Indigenous elders and community so that our students and school community can develop deeper understanding of respect and cultural awareness about Australia's history," she said.

"It is important to celebrate NAIDOC so that staff and students can have the opportunity to be immersed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and culture.

"Local artists, community groups and organisations attended our celebration to entertain and educate our students about the importance of NAIDOC and this year's theme - voice, treaty, truth: let's work together for a shared future."

In the school, 51 students identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The NAIDOC celebrations came after two Wellington Point students were recognised at the South East Regional Education NAIDOC Awards in June.

Year 12 student Monique Cora received the Senior Secondary Leadership award, while Bailey Malseed from year 9 won the prize for Junior Academic Excellence.

Ms Cora, a proud descendant of the Bundjalung and Barkindji people, is a peer mentor to junior year students and a member of the Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy.

The pair were among more than 300 students nominated.