The NAIDOC Week School Initiative Competitions have been an instrumental activity during NAIDOC Week for the last five years. The competitions have brought a coordinated educational component to the week-long celebrations. The competitions have been overwhelmingly successful and last year was no exception which produced over 69,990 entries from schools who participated in a variety of competitions and we are delighted to announce this year’s “2011 NAIDOC Week” Colouring-in/short story and Creative/Essay writing Competitions. Entry is open to all primary and secondary school students in communities.
The ultimate aim of these initiatives is to provide our kids with a greater understanding on the importance of friendship and cultural diversity. The competitions reflect Aboriginal ancestry and promote the growth of positive attitudes in all students towards Aboriginal people. They are broadly based around each year’s national NAIDOC theme with this year being ‘'Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way”. The colouring-in/ Short-Story competitions are open to all primary school students and the creative writing/ Essay Writing competition will be open to all secondary students. The winning students are each year awarded prizes from our major sponsors; Panasonic, Toshiba, Rip Curl, Xbox, Rebel Sport and Microsoft ranging from a computer for their school or an indigenous concert with renowned indigenous artists.
As part of National NAIDOC Week celebrations Noongar kids coordinates, with the support of various government departments and local councils an educational component to provide a link of cultural diversity to our kids with the NAIDOC Week School Initiative Competitions. These competitions have been a successful part of NAIDOC Week and to date we have received over 203,990 entries which include colouring-in, short story, creative writing and essay writing. As a result we have awarded over 130 major prizes including; Computers, Televisions, XBox consoles, DVD Players, Stereos, and Encyclopedia’s. We have presented some 500 encouragement awards including; CDS, DVDS, Movie Tickets and certificates to all participants
This year our patrons include a broader spectre recognising Indigenous talent in sport and their contribution to the national identity Casey Donovan (Australian Idol) and Lance Franklin (Indigenous AFL Player). Our message this year is that education is knowledge and knowledge is GOLD
We acknowledge and appreciate the support of council’s last year and seek your involvement again in this year’s competitions. We are asking that you assist this year by preparing a report to council and continuing your support to the initiative with a $400.00 contribution towards printing and distribution for students within councils LGA. Entries received will be forwarded to council for display in local library and or council foyer. Support last year was recognised by both the Premier & Minister – Indigenous Affairs at the NAIDOC Awards presentation held during NAIDOC Week. Logo was displayed on all materials sent to both principals and student’s across council’s LGA and a proof of the 2011 competition entry forms for your information is attached. Support was also recognised in all media which included the Advertiser, National Indigenous Times, ABC Radio, Local media and ABC TV’s Message Sticks.
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