Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Keely Receives Prime Minister’s Naidoc Medal

A poem about Reconciliation has won  Keely, a Year 4 
student a prestigious Prime Minister’s Naidoc Medal. 
She was one of only 20 students in both secondary 
and primary schools presented with a medal across 
Queensland. Keely received the award, for her winning 
entry in the poetry section of the competition, formerly 
known as the Naidoc Week School Initiatives Competition. 
Keely said she wrote the poem after learning about 
Aboriginal history and culture in class.

“My poem was about the need for reconciliation which 

meant that we learn about cultural values and then we 
respect each and every person and treat them like we 
would be like to be treated,” she said.

“We were also lucky to have visitors from the 

Ngutana-Lui Centre who came to our Year 4 class to 
teach us about Aboriginal culture.

“It was exciting to learn about Boomerang throwing, 

dancing and didgeridoo playing, we also learnt about 
gathering and cooking food as well as dot painting.”

Keely received her medal at  a special assembly last 

Friday attended by Dylan Williams, Executive Director 
of NAIDOC Week Initiatives and Clinton Braddick, 
Executive Coordinator of NAIDOC Week Initiatives. 
Mr Williams said the ultimate aim of the nationwide 
competition was to provide younger children with
 a greater understanding of friendship and cultural 
diversity. He said the judging panel chose Keely’s 
poem because it had a lot of meaning and for such a 
young child they thought it was truly inspirational. 
Keely’s poem will be displayed alongside other 
winning entries in Parliament House, Canberra.

Well done, Keely! We are all very proud of you! 

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