Message from Sally
Opening of The Clouds by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Colin Hunter
Last Friday afternoon, NMPS held our first ever Smoking Ceremony. A Smoking ceremony is when native plants are collected and used to produce smoke. This is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off unwanted and bad spirits, which was believed to bring bad omens. Uncle Colin Hunter performed this ceremony beginning with a wonderful Welcome to Country. As always, our students were very respectful and listened intently in the hot afternoon sun. In the Good Weekend on Saturday 15th October, Aunty Millie wrote, We’re all custodians now...(w)e all contribute to making Australia what it is, including us Aboriginals...(n)ow we’ve all got to make things better.
I feel privileged to have been witness to this lovely start for our new spaces and recommended to School Council that we should have a Smoking Ceremony at the start of each new year. School Council will also acknowledge our Wurundjeri elders with a Welcome to Country at the start of each meeting. Thanks to Emma, Year 6 teacher and her student led team for the work they have been doing on our RAP – Reconciliation Action Plan.
The 2017 School Calendar will be distributed to all families, early next year and will also include many of our families’ special cultural events and celebrations. Thank you for your input.
Allocation of Rooms
All 2017 students will go to their new spaces on 19th and 20th December, except the Foundation students who are transitioning on 4th and 11th November this year.
Sally Karlovic, Principal