St Helens District High School launch String Bark canoe for NAIDOC Week

FLOATING: St Helens District High School pulled together to build a canoe out of reeds and bark to celebrate NAIDOC Week. The canoe was launched on Friday at the St Helens Foreshore. Picture: supplied.

FLOATING: St Helens District High School pulled together to build a canoe out of reeds and bark to celebrate NAIDOC Week. The canoe was launched on Friday at the St Helens Foreshore. Picture: supplied.

St Helens District High School put in a team effort to keep NAIDOC Week celebrations afloat this year.

On Friday, the school anxiously watched as they launched their stingy bark canoe built by hand.  

The school’s Aboriginal services worker Nindarra Wheatley said the students “absolutely loved it”. 

“I really wanted to show the kids at the school how we used to build things out of all natural materials,” she said. 

“They were mesmerised that you could actually do something out of bark and reeds and it would actually float.” 

Materials for the canoe were collected from another teacher’s property.

The canoe has been a “work-in-progress” for about 12 months and was funded by Aboriginal Services. 

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