Looking out for the other

CBC Fremantle began NAIDOC Week celebrations this morning with a special community assembly focused on the message of embracing diversity.

Elizabeth Hayden, grandmother of Hamish and Marcus Hayden (Years 7 and 9), opened the assembly with a Welcome to Country, calling on students to seize opportunities they receive and to be gentlemen in everything they do.

Speaking on the five attributes of a CBC gentleman, Principal Mr Domenic Burgio encouraged boys to seek out and get to know the 'other' in their lives, and to  embrace the opportunity provided by NAIDOC Week College activities to learn more about the historical treatment of Aboriginal Australians.

Flynn Cobb (Year 8) reflected on the significance and history of the Aboriginal flag, as it was raised in front of the assembly by Nathan Cleary (Year 9).

The morning's reflections continued with Aalin Mungit-Houston (Year 9) reciting a poem written by Nathan and Marcus, sharing what it means to be Aboriginal.

Under the theme of 'Because of Her, We Can', this year's NAIDOC Week celebrations focus on women who have played an important role in campaigning for equal rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Lucus Steffensen (Year 9) and Flynn introduced students to this theme, before Marcus and Hamish shared what makes their Mum the most inspirational woman in their lives.

Students visiting Kiwirrkurra were farewelled ahead of their Immersion, where they will spend two weeks in one of Australia's most remote communities, getting to know and the local people and the challenges of living in an isolated part of the world.

The Peru Immersion was also farewelled, with 10 students destined to travel to Lima to stay with the Christian Brothers, spending time in a local school, building houses for families in need, and even joining in with the locals to watch Australia take on Peru in the World Cup.

NAIDOC celebrations will continue all week, concluding with a full day of activities for Year 7 boys on Friday.