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Bossley Park Public School celebrates NAIDOC week

Bossley Park Public School held their NAIDOC week assembly in the lead-up to the school holidays.

The student representative council ran the assembly which featured performances from the school choir, who sang the national anthem in the Darug language, and a combined school Aboriginal dance group.

After the assembly, representatives from each class planted new trees and bushes in the school's bush tucker garden.

Assistant principal Judith Birkett said the school opted to have their assembly before NAIDOC week (July 4 to 11) to make sure it had the "significance it deserved" and so students can do activities in their classrooms in week one.

This year's NAIDOC week theme is Heal Country.

"We emphasised the fact that for the Aboriginal community, country is more than a place. It is emotional, spiritual, physical and inherent to our country," Ms Birkett said.

"We had an Aboriginal elder, Uncle Wes Marne have a yarn with the students and tell them some of the beautiful stories that had been passed down to him. He also started a smoking ceremony for us using a combination of healing leaves. He told students about the different types of smoking ceremonies and their uses."

The event was organised by Aboriginal teacher Danielle Tran who is passionate about making sure the school has a strong understanding around her culture and Aboriginal perspectives. She also runs the Culture Club for the school's Aboriginal students.