National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day


Jingeri! (Greetings!)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is our national day dedicated to celebrating all First Nation children and it is recognised across the country each year on 4 August. Children’s Day is an opportunity for us to show our support for First Nation students by acknowledging the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in young people’s lives.

Our A.B. Paterson College community showed their support for Children’s Day by replacing the College Bells with the Didgeridoo. This initiative displayed support for our First Nations students by inclusively integrating Aboriginal culture within our community.

Students also participated in lunch time learning hubs to hear First Nation stories, play with clapsticks and learn to count in Yugambeh. Do you know how to count to five in Yugambeh?

Counting in Yugambeh Yabru - One Bula - Two Bulayabru - Three Bulabula - Four Dunngunn - Five

Our First Nation staff and students also shared knowledge with students to complete a collaborative art project. Year 11 student, Caitlin Thornbury from the Kamilaroi mob, guided our younger students to yarn about what the Aboriginal flag represents. Then the students were guided to paint their hand and add this to a canvas. This artwork will be displayed in the College to acknowledge our First Nation community. We are very proud of our students for displaying a love of learning and for being supportive of their First Nation classmates.

Baugull Wanyi (Thank You)

Samantha Middleton | Junior School Curriculum Coordinator & Year 3 Teacher