Denman Public School kick-starts a big week of NAIDOC celebrations, with indigenous events planned at Muswellbrook and Singleton

DENMAN Public School (DPS) kicked off NAIDOC Day 2019 in style this week.

A large crowd of community members and special guests, including Hunter Valley Police District Commander Superintendent Chad Gillies, joined the educational facility on Thursday to acknowledge the important date.

"Students and staff participate each year in a full day of celebration as part of their commitment to supporting Aboriginal learning and culture," DPS principal Megan Druitt said.

"The 2019 theme, Voice. Treaty. Truth, was recognised in the opening assembly by both Aboriginal pupils and Uncle Charlie, who delivered a NAIDOC Day address and Welcome to Country.

"Then the school's Aboriginal dance group, led by Jacob Ellis, performed a number of items in traditional nargans and ochre.

"The youngsters are also participating in a range of rotating activities throughout the day including Dreamtime stories, art and boomerang throwing.

"They'll share treats such as bush tomato scones and ice cream with Aboriginal toppings - wattleseed and lilly pilly with ginger, too.

"A barbecue lunch will provide students with the chance to try crocodile, kangaroo or a traditional beef sausage."

Meanwhile, the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council will host its annual flag raising ceremony and morning tea at its Maitland Street premises in Muswellbrook on Friday, July 5.

The service begins at 10am.

Then, on Monday, July 8, the Wanaruah NAIDOC committee welcomes the community to its main event at Simpson Park.

From 10am until 3pm, residents can enjoy lunch, music, demonstrations, activities and information stalls, which will follow the announcement of the 2019 NAIDOC Art Competition awards and raising of the Aboriginal flag.

Singleton's also planned a massive program - highlighted by a family fun day - and entertainment at the Singleton Civic Green lawn on Wednesday, July 10, from 10am until 2pm.

A host of children's activities comprising of the Croc Encounter Show, baby animals, jumping castle, slide and face painting, as well as painting, cultural dance workshops and more, are also on the cards.

Best of all, everything - including lunch by Rapid Relief and a NAIDOC cake - is free.