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Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! NAIDOC Week 2022

Each year in the first week of July, Australia celebrates NAIDOC Week to promote, acknowledge and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth!”- naidoc.org.au

Our focus on Indigenous education at Eden Academy extends all year long, and NAIDOC week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate as one. This year’s theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! to showcase the incredible efforts made by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have always fought for change and continue to do so today.  

“We need to move beyond just acknowledgement, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments. Enough is enough.” – naidoc.org.au

Here are some of the exciting educational experiences and provocations that the children enjoyed over NAIDOC Week! 

Isle of Capri

Jingeri! From Yugambeh Country!

There were diverse learning experiences offered to the children at Eden Academy Isle of Capri that enhanced their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures. In the mornings, they joined together in celebration around the fire to acknowledge country and to tell dreamtime stories.

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Marni niina pudni from Kaurna country!

The children at Eden Academy Newton explored what NAIDOC week offered through a mix of sensory play, messy play, mark making, patterning and art!


Wominjeka from Bunurong Country!

Our dedicated educators at Eden Academy Newport provided so many natural provocations for the children to become immersed in. They shared this beautiful poem on their social media along with many photos of their educational experiences:

“Someone’s Land”

For thousands and thousands of years,
Aboriginal people lived in the land we call Australia.

The land was where people
built their homes,
played in the sun,
and sat together to tell stories.

When the white people came,
they called the land
Terra Nullius.
They said it was nobody’s land.
But it was somebody’s land.

This beautiful book is read with our children followed by Acknowledgment of Country every morning.

Holland Park

Galang nguruindhau from Turrbal and Jagera country!

Uncle Boomerang taught the children at Eden Academy Holland Park more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during his exciting visit. They explored clapping sticks, working as a team to create letters and shapes with the clapping sticks, singing familiar Indigenous songs and games and practiced playing the didgeridoo.

Middle Park

Galang nguruindhau from Turrbal and Jagera country!

The Kindergarten and Pre Kindy children at Eden Academy Middle Park were so excited to celebrate the beginning of NAIDOC week with a visit from Uncle Boomerang, where he taught the children heads, shoulders, knees and toes and enjoyed some traditional music and dancing.