Year 5/6 students and teacher with Arakwal representatives Tellara Kay-Thorpe and Delta Kay who helped judge the shire wide Byron NAIDOC t-shirt competition and presented the winning class with their shirts at St Finbarr’s.
Year 5/6 students and teacher with Arakwal representatives Tellara Kay-Thorpe and Delta Kay who helped judge the shire wide Byron NAIDOC t-shirt competition and presented the winning class with their shirts at St Finbarr’s.

Byron Bay students win T-shirt comp

STUDENTS at Byron Bay’s St Finbarr's Catholic Primary School were delighted to have members of the Arakwal community present them with the winner’s prize for the 2011 Cape Byron - Arakwal Coorporation- National Parks and Wildlife T-shirt design competition. 

Year 5/6 children at St Finbarr’s proudly wore their Naidoc shirts, each shirt printed with winner Rose O’Neills’ design.

The theme chosen by the class was Hands Across Byron Bay, inspired by the Generation One school project called Hands Across Australia. 

“The connection between St Finbarr's and the Arakwal community has been important to the education of students and teachers in local Aboriginal culture and Australia’s indigenous cultures in general,” the children’s teacher, Greg Flint, said.

“The complex thinking and concepts expressed in the posters were a culmination of all the great learning done during Reconciliation week this year and the fantastic on-going support of the Arakwal community over many years.”

St Finbarr’s in conjunction with the Arakwal community is preparing to mark 10 years of Naidoc celebrations at the school with a cultural learning and activities day on Friday August 12.

Naidoc at St Finbarr’s is a special day on the school calendar, a day that all the children look forward to and talk about long after.



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