Issaiah Thommers (left) and Preston Coe received certificates for their speech at the (NAIDOC) public speaking and debating championships. Two Henty Public School students have excelled in public speaking and placed first at the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) public speaking and debating championships.
The two boys, Issaiah Thommers and Preston Coe were paired up to reasearch and speak about indigenous people serving in Australian war times.
They traveled to Wagga to compete against other schools in the region on August 28.
The boys spoke with Wiradjuri elder Aunty Nancy Rooke from Albury about her own personal family’s involvement in the armed forces.
The aim was to pair up a non-indigenous child with an indigenous child in order to increase their understanding of the past.
The judges wereparticularly impressed with the research the pair completed for the speech.
NAIDOC week is celebrated each July to celebrate theculture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Henty Public School has a new flag pole to fly the Aboriginal Flag which was paid for by a grant from the Greater Hume Shire.
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