Samaritans donate Tiddalick the Frog book to Cessnock-area schools for NAIDOC Week

This week Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre Cessnock provided a copy of Tiddalick the Frog, plus puppets and resources, to each school in the area.

The books were presented to the schools in acknowledgement of this year’s NAIDOC Week theme “Our Languages Matter”. Thank you to The Advertiser Cessnock for your coverage of this story.


Schools in the Cessnock local government area now have access to special, local Dreamtime story in their libraries.

Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre Cessnock has provided a copy of Tiddalick the Frog, plus puppets and resources, to each school in the area.

The books were presented to the schools in acknowledgement of this year’s NAIDOC Week theme “Our Languages Matter”.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent and Samaritans project officer Denise Crossley with local students at the presentation of ‘Tiddalik the Frog’ on Thursday.

Samaritans Foundation senior worker Greg Stevens said the book has local significance, as the rock formation known as Tiddalick can be found at Wollombi.

“I hope the schools and their communities will find this is to be a very appropriate resource, which will be relevant to students,” he said.

Students from 20 schools attended the presentation at Cessnock Public School on Thursday.

Kurri Kurri High School students Emily Lloyd and Darcie Cliff were joined by Skye Adam (Greta), Gypsy Harris (Congewai), Chloe Ford (Millfield), Lincoln Jopp (Bellbird), Madison Minter (Weston) and Paige Williams (Cessnock East) to act out the story with puppets on stage.

Samaritans also presented books to Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent for the council and its libraries.

Korreil Wonnai Aboriginal Education Consultative Group president Sonia Sharpe said the books will be a great addition to Cessnock and Kurri Kurri schools.

“It’s a local story in their own backyard,” she said.

“The kids can act it out at school and teach others about it.”

Meanwhile, Korreil Wonnai AECG will hold its annual Kullaburra Awards at Kurri Kurri High School on August 23.

The awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri areas.

Students from Cessnock-area schools with their copies of Tiddalik the Frog, which has been donated by Samaritans to each school. Picture: Krystal Sellars