Bribie and District Woodcrafters Association give gift to local school

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

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For the information of anyone who wondered why Ian Trail and John Westerhuis from the Bribie and District Woodcrafters Association (The Woodies) delivered a large box of boomerangs to the Bribie Island State School recently, they were doing so as a response to a request from Deputy Principal Stan Vipen and Indigenous Community Engagement Councillor Madonna Gibson to assist in the preparation for NAIDOC week celebrations. Whilst the official NAIDOC Week is from July 9th until July 15th, the students engaged in their celebrations early due to the term coming to an end as well as other issues.

Featured Image(above): Deputy Principal Stan Vipen (L) and Madonna Gibson accompanied
some of the students to receive the boomerangs from Ian Trail (R) and John Westerhuis from The Woodies.

From Sunday, 24 when the celebrations commenced with a BBQ in Brennan Park, students and their teachers were involved with a variety of activities throughout the week, ending with a school assembly and closing ceremony on Friday, 29.

Stan Vipen explained to me that the NAIDOC Week activities had been a joint project between himself and Madonna Gibson and they had worked together to organise a series of activities to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultures and offering students the opportunity to engage in them.

Indigenous Community Engagement Counsellor Madonna Gibson looks on approvingly as students set about the task of decorating the boomerangs

He said that the boomerangs which had been made by the Woodies were to feature in the week’s activities and would be decorated by some of the students on Thursday. ‘It will be a really nice way to finish off the school term,’ said Stan.

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