During NAIDOC week this year students participated in a variety of competitions including colouring in and poem writing for those in Primary School. High School students could enter the short story writing, creative writing and essay writing competitions.
There were an overwhelming number of entries in the 2019 NAIDOC Week School Initiative Competitions, with Luka Barac from Bingara Central School being awarded the NAIDOC Medal of Excellence.
Luka was one of only twenty awarded across the state. “It makes me really happy (to receive this award),” said Luka to the Gwydir News. “The contest was colour in a dolphin,” explained Luka. “I coloured it in blue, green, brown, purple, silver, red and pink and lots of colours.”
Koori Kids and the Department of Education ultimate aim of this initiative was to provide students with a greater understanding on the importance of friendship and cultural diversity.
The competition is held annually, broadly based on the year’s NAIDOC theme. The entries were judged by a diverse panel including their patron, Aboriginal Elders, Agency Delegates, and other members of the community.
Luka was asked by the Gwydir News if he was going to keep colouring in and if he was going to be the next Picasso. “Yes and yes,” Luka replied.