In this issue:
- Geographe Bay Music update
- Winter Carnival
- Lightening Carnival
Students and staff at Busselton SHS have enjoyed an array of NAIDOC celebrations including in class curriculum activities, sports, entertainment, arts and food. In addition to this we got to learn so much about local Wardandi culture thanks to local custodians Zac, Wayne and Toni Webb who shared their culture and stories with the whole school at a series of compelling assemblies.
The week kicked off with a friendly game of footy between Busselton and Clontarf SW Academy with mixed teams; the rain held off and the boys all had a good run out, although Mr Gray’s pop up shelter was lifted up by high winds and came to earth with a thud! (Very sorry Mr Gray). Meanwhile the girls enjoyed a game of netball in the gym. The activities continued with a massive NAIDOC dodge ball game as well as two bouts of boomerang throwing.
Every day during form students were able to enjoy and learn form a multi-media presentation with a specific focus on Nyoongar language and culture, this culminated in a quiz on the last day of the week. Students were also able to participate in an art project decorating a sea of hands to be displayed on school grounds. The designs were as varied as they were impressive and are sure to brighten up the school landscape for the remainder of term.
Thursday was the big day for us as local elder and custodian Wayne Webb accompanied by Toni and Zac shared Wardandi history, identity and culture with each year group. The students were enthralled by Zac’s command of the Nyoongar language and his ability to relate everything to the land and the environment; places that we are familiar with such as Yallingup (place of caves) and Quindalup (place of the Quenda/bandicoot) were explained as was the need to respect the environment and not to remove things or cause damage. Places such as caves may well have been burial sites and Zac explained that items found in Devil’s lair have been carbon dated up to 67,000 years. This makes Aboriginal heritage and culture truly the oldest surviving civilisation in existence and one which we all ought to be able learn from. “I learned more today about Aboriginal culture than I have in the last twenty years.” commented one staff members after experiencing the Wardandi presentation.
Also on Thursday, Gwen had organised for crocodile, emu and kangaroo sausages to be cooked for everyone to try as well as making damper to go with it, this was served in the main quad as the Dudley Park Dancers entertained the audience with song and dance including an impressive rendition of We are Australian in Nyoongar language which was an apt way to finish a fantastic NAIDOC Week which was themed Our Language Matters.
We would like to thank Gwen Gray, our hard working AIEO, Mr Holt, Mr Ligtermoet and our great student support in particular Lakeeta Farrell, Dennis Colbung, Jaxon Barr, Jarrah Nannup, Peter Hermitage, Zen Sanderson and all of the staff who made this week possible. We would also like to thank Mr Couzic and the school admin for supporting this great NAIDOC event. This is the core business of education and we can be proud of marking NAIDOC week with such in-depth exploration of local Aboriginal identity, language and culture.
Article Featured in Busselton Mail
Busselton Senior High School principal Dainon Couzic is on his way to Harvard University to take part in a leading development program.
Twenty independent public school principals will spend a week at the prestigious university in Boston to learn from the world's best at the Graduate School of Education.
Education Minister Peter Collier said once they have finished learning in the hallowed halls of Harvard, they go on to complete an online course through the famed university and then take on short-term change projects to reform aspects of their schools or the broader public education system.
"They, along with 20 principals currently in the program, will form a pool of highly skilled leaders who can be called on by the Department of Education for a range of roles, including acting as mentors to other principals and contributing to school leadership development programs."
Mr Couzic said while it was a surprise to be selected for the program it was recognition that the school was performing well and staff were doing a good job to make sure the students succeed.
“I am hoping to bring back some new ideas that I can bring back into the school and to improve the school even more,” he said.
“It should give me a bit of insight into high level leadership skills to make our school as best we can.
“It feels fantastic to be going to Harvard and to learn from some of the best people in the business I am excited about that.”
The Geographe Bay Music Group officially launched tonight! In a celebration of music and community, the concert showcased the talents of local schools who have come together to form this exciting collaboration.
Bringing together the music programs of Busselton Senior High School and Cape Naturaliste College, Geographe Bay Music Group also includes students from:
Read more in today's feature of the Busselton Dunsborough Times
We are extremely proud of our students for embracing a worthy cause to support children in the slums of Africa and help provide them with a brighter future. BSHS students have been raising awareness for Tenderfeet Education Centre in Kenya. Driven by our Student Executive and Mr Holt, students participated in our annual 'Walk for Tenderfeet'.
Read more in the Busselton Dunsborough Times article
The Tenderfeet Education Center is a school for 125 orphans and other vulnerable children of pre-school through fifth grade age in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tenderfeet provides a warm learning environment for these extremely needy children. But it does more than just educate and teach the children to read and write. The children’s health is looked after and they get to eat twice a day. Almost all of these children are orphans or have only one caretaker. Many have lost parents to AIDS, while others were abandoned.
Learn more about Tenderfeet Education Centre