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27/07/2017

Assembly Leaders: Indigenous Leaders, Tallis Martin and Maddison Pashley

Acknowledgement of Country: Uncle Darby McCarthy

Principal's Address

Mr Green welcomed our Indigenous Guests and Speakers. It is Mr Green's custom for NAIDOC assemblies to speak about a particular Indigenous person who has made a significant contribution. This year, Mr Green inspired students with the story of Evonne Goolagong Cawley from her first tennis racket, made by her father, to winning Wimbledon at age 19 and becoming the greatest female indigenous sports star.

Guest Speaker - Mr Thomas Draper

Hawks welcomed back Mr Thomas Draper who motivated and encouraged with his personal story of facing challenges and rising up  to chase dreams. Through his story he delivered messages about the value of hard work; fighting the need as a teenage to feel accepted and becoming trapped in a life of wrong choices; and working to be a role model for indigenous students. He encouraged students to never use the colour of your skin or the circumstances of your life as an excuse. He challenged students to celebrate their achievements and put 100% energy into their work rather than be lazy or scared of failure. Be roses that grew from concrete.

Kooma-Didgeri Dance Group

William Haupt acted as spokesperson, introducing and explaining a selection of dances from the Stradbroke Island mob.

Thank you to Stacey, our guests and students for your contributions to Assembly. Well done.