NAIDOC FUN: JackMarshke, Kyle Gilliland, Beau Jorgensen, Taylah Bauer, Kate Bauer, Lisa Tucker, Ashley Smith and Michael Bradshaw at Gooburrum State School for the NAIDOC Week Celebrations.
NAIDOC FUN: JackMarshke, Kyle Gilliland, Beau Jorgensen, Taylah Bauer, Kate Bauer, Lisa Tucker, Ashley Smith and Michael Bradshaw at Gooburrum State School for the NAIDOC Week Celebrations. Simon Young BUN230713NAI5

Students learn about Aboriginal culture

THE 82 students of Gooburrum State School were enthralled this week with a celebration of local indigenous culture.

From painting to dancing, the day proved entertaining for both children and staff.

Following on from NAIDOC week, principal Halli Cantrell said three other schools - Oakwood, Avondale and Yandaran - took part in the festivities that took months to organise in consultation with Bundaberg's indigenous community.

"Basically the day is part of our school policy of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective into the school," she said.

"The aim was to try give the kids an insight into the indigenous community in our area."

Mrs Cantrell said the kids responded positively to the day engaging with the indigenous community.

"It's very hands-on," she said.

"The kids respond better to that than sitting in a class inside listening to someone talk about it."

Mrs Cantrell said the day was about educating the kids but in a fun and meaningful way.

"We had various elders come out and speak with the kids about different things," she said.

"One lady was discussing the meaning behind the Aboriginal flags and all the symbols."

Mrs Cantrell said she was grateful for the support from the other schools.

"We had the North Bundaberg High indigenous dancers," she said.

"And the indigenous group at Kepnock High School showed the kids how to throw boomerangs.

Mrs Cantrell said hoped to run the event again next year.



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