Alstonville High students become Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC
STUDENTS from Alstonville High School yesterday made a public show of support for the celebration of indigenous history, culture and achievements as 850 students formed a human Aboriginal flag on the school grounds.
As part of 2013 NAIDOC Week celebrations, the students, along with teachers, parents and other community members, took the chance to dress in red, black and yellow and together form the shape on the oval.
Rachel Varela was one of the teachers behind the event. She was so pleased with how it turned out and how obliging and respectful the students were.
Principal David Silcock spoke to the students about how, in order to nurture a love of learning, one must first open their mind to learning about other cultures and appreciating other perspectives.
"To have a love of learning, you must first prepare to challenge your own perspectives sometimes," he said.
Alstonville High School captain and Aboriginal student, Connor Floyd, 18, said the public show of support from the school and students was great to see.
He said as he was in Year 7 when then prime minister Kevin Rudd made his apology to indigenous Australia. He's grown up watching as support and action has developed and increased - an excellent thing to see, he said.
"(Forming the flag today) is a great sign of support - it's every student in the school saying they recognise indigenous culture, that they recognize NAIDOC," Connor said.
Gold Coast Titans NRL players Matt Beddow and Caleb Binge visited for the celebrations, taking students through a football clinic and said they were happy to see the kids embracing the event.