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NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July (2-9th July 2017) and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and recognises the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. All Australians are encouraged to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

Our Languages Matter

This year’s theme aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Project Habitat Competition

To celebrate NAIDOC, primary schools in NSW have been invited to encourage their students to participate in Project Habitat’s NAIDOC competition. Students are asked to design their own banner, based on what the 2017 NAIDOC theme means to them. There will be three entry categories, Kindergarten – Year 2, Years 3-4 and Years 5-6.

To Enter

To enter, teachers of NSW Primary students are to complete the provided registration form (download below) and post this, along with the original student entries from their class, to Taronga Zoo, Taronga Project Habitat, Education Centre, PO Box 20, Mosman, NSW 2088.

Entries must be completed on the provided A3 sized entry template in portrait orientation (download below). No writing is to appear on the artwork. The entrant must also complete the details section of the entry template, including student’s first name, year, school and 75 words or less describing the significance of their artwork.

Entry is limited to one (1) per NSW primary student. Students must enter into the category in which they are currently enrolled (ES1 - Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3).

The competition opens Monday 24th April and closes on Monday 5th June 2017. To be eligible, all entries must be received by Taronga on or before Monday 5th June 2017.

The Prize

The winners from each category will have their artwork made into banners and displayed around Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo. About 10 of each winner’s banners will be produced. The winners and their families will also be invited to either Taronga or Taronga Western Plains Zoo to see their banners displayed in grounds.

In addition, the winning designers and their class will receive an Animals of the Dreaming Zoomobile visit to their school, compliments of Boeing Australia. If the school is in a remote location, where Zoomobile is unable to visit, they will receive an Animals of the Dreaming Video Conference.