Students across Macarthur celebrated Indigenous history, culture and achievements last month ahead of this year's NAIDOC Week.
Around 12,000 public school students from 374 schools across the state were involved in a special week of celebrations last term (21-25 June).
Representing all 54 Aboriginal nations of NSW, the students virtually came together to participate in a number of activities recognising this year's NAIDOC theme - Heal Country!.
School's from across Macarthur and the south-west were involved.
The week-long celebration kicked off with tree-planting ceremonies at more than 20 schools, held in partnership with Landcare Australia, across the State on Darug Wiradjuri and Gumbaynggir Country.
More than 1000 native trees were planted as part of the initiative, which provides students the opportunity to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment.
It also included a virtual singalong with celebrated musician Christine Anu and students from 124 public schools who celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage by singing My Island Home and Taba Naba.
Tanya Neal, director of Aboriginal outcomes and partnerships, said the events were an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of Aboriginal Culture and the importance of Country.
"From sea to desert sands we came together in schools and corporate offices to share stories and celebrate NAIDOC week 2021," Ms Neal said.
"We did this with our Virtual Education Message Stick, which is dedicated to celebrate the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal peoples within NSW Schools.
"The Message Stick travelled over many NSW Aboriginal lands to showcase Aboriginal students' connection to Country and Culture and culminated with a virtual singalong with Christine Anu and students from across NSW.
"Events like NAIDOC Week are an ideal opportunity to highlight our commitment to Aboriginal education and celebrate the achievements of our staff and students."
The following south-west school's took part in the celebrations:
- Busby Public School
- Holsworthy Public School
- James Busby High School
- Warwick Farm Public School
- Ajuga School
- Bradbury Public School
- Briar Road Public School
- Bringelly Public School
- Campbelltown East Public
- Eagle Vale High School
- Elizabeth Macarthur High
- Fairfield High School
- Fairvale Public School
- Gledswood Hills Public School
- Lansvale East Public School
- Lurnea High School
- Mawarra Public School
- Rosemeadow Public School
- Sackville St Public School
- Yandelora School