NAIDOC Week celebrations were held across Australia last week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. We are invited to walk with First Nation people in a movement of theAustralian people for a better future. This year's theme was: Heal Country, heal our nation.

Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Whilst NAIDOC week was celebrated during the holiday period, many classes at St Sebastian’s have participated in learning activities this week. Within our teaching and learning at St Sebastian's School, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures are included as a Cross Curriculum priority. These are priorities that give students the tools and language to engage with and better understand their world at a range of levels. Engagement with the priority encourages conversations between students, teachers and the wider community.

Cross-curriculum priorities are identified and developed across subject areas where they offer opportunities to add depth and richness to student learning in content elaborations. As our students progress through the year levels, organising ideas and concepts are developed as understanding matures.

Through the development and implementation of our school RAP plan, recognition of significant weeks and days such as NAIDOC Week and Sorry Day, and through the implementation of the Australian curriculum, we aim to demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation and aim to educate all of the rich history, culture and contributions, both past and present of indigenous Australians.