📷: (Left) MC and Year 11 student, Layla Lake. (Middle) Ryka Ali, an Indigenous performer, teaching the whole school some traditional moves. (Right) Stephanie Pholi and Allira Hammond Purcell (Year 9) spoke about the role language plays in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
On Friday 4 August, PLC Sydney celebrated NAIDOC Week with an assembly run by our Indigenous students based around this year’s theme 'Our Languages Matter'. Yvonne Weldon, an elder from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council opened the assembly with a Welcome to Country whilst Jade Clemm (Year 10) gave the Acknowledgement of Country in Wiradjuri. Stephanie Pholi and Allira Hammond Purcell (Year 9) spoke beautifully about the special role language plays in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the importance of conserving language. They also taught the school some words and phrases in Wiradjuri.
There were also some very special performances including a beautiful rendition of I Am Australian by Stephanie, Allira and Leilani Ngeru-Hall (Year 9). Ryka Ali, an Indigenous performer, had the whole school (including the teachers) up dancing and learning some traditional moves. It was a joyous occasion and the Indigenous students did a fantastic job of representing their culture. Particular thanks to Layla Lake (Year 11) for doing a great job as MC.