NAIDOC Week 2020 Song Writing Project.

A collaborative song writing project exploring the NAIDOC week theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ through music. 

In Semester Two 2020, teachers and students from Craigmore High School and Playford International College worked with Barkindji woman and singer songwriter Nancy Bates, to explore the First Nations history and tradition of SonglinesStudents and teachers worked together with Nancy to investigate and interpret the NAIDOC week theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, and then wrote verses in response.  These verses have been woven into a ‘modern Songline in the form of the song on the video below. 

It’s important for young people to have this knowledge because things have to change. We just simply can’t keep doing things the way that we are. - Nancy Bates 

To learn more about the Songlines, or to create your own ‘Always Was Always Will Be’ song, download our Learning Resource.

Learning Resource


Behind The Scenes


Written & Performed by students of Playford International College & Craigmore High School 

Mentored by Nancy Bates 

Recorded at Northern Sound System 

Mixed by Ryan Martin John 

Filmed by Overdrive Films