Aboriginal Studies

NAIDOC Day Friday 27th November

Dear Parents/ Carers

Re: NAIDOC Day 2020
Coonabarabran High School will be celebrating NAIDOC on Friday 27th November from 12:30 pm. This will involve a number of activities commencing with a formal ceremony, with special guest Mr Chris Shaw Director Educational Leadership, a BBQ lunch and concluding with the Bill Robinson Cup, inter house League Tag competition.

Student are to wear sports uniform or their NAIDOC shirts (which are available for purchase form the school office for $20). The school canteen will be in operation as well as a complementary BBQ lunch for all students.

Yours sincerely

Alison Stanton

Duncan Graham


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L-R: Mr Craig Ashby, Brother John Giacon, Mrs Alison Stanton

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