Teach­ing young gen­er­a­tion about na­tion’s rich cul­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL -

ST JOSEPH’S Catholic Pri­mary School is teach­ing its stu­dents the his­tory and cul­ture of in­dige­nous Aus­tralians through the Ngutana-Lui in­dige­nous education group.

School leader Tom Halt said the ex­pe­ri­ence was fun for the stu­dents.

“It has been re­ally fun hav­ing them come here to our school. We had them here last year as well and it was re­ally good,” Tom said.

Tom said the chance to learn about the Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture was fan­tas­tic and the stu­dents had lots of new things to learn.

“I didn’t re­ally know any of it, so I was re­ally sur­prised when he told us about all the dif­fer­ent uses for leaves in the bush,” Tom said.

Mar­lon Ri­ley hosted a bush medicine demon­stra­tion, with the stu­dents hang­ing off his every word.

“We come here from the Ngutana-Lui Cul­tural Cen­tre in Inala in Bris­bane and we are a Catholic education group and it is de­signed to bring the cul­tures to­gether and is part of that rec­on­cil­i­a­tion,” Mr Ri­ley said.

“The cen­tre has been open for 25 years and we do pro­grams within the Catholic education, but we also open up to all schools and all age lev­els.”

The Catholic education sec­tor is where the group’s pri­mary fo­cus lies, with Ngutana-Lui mean­ing ‘to teach’.

“It is al­ways re­ally good do­ing these things,” Mr Ri­ley said.

“Catholic schools have a ten­dency of com­pas­sion. They are more open to the cul­ture and are very ap­pre­cia­tive of what we share and show that with great par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

Tom said the danc­ing and mu­sic were his favourites.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

SE­CRETS OF THE BUSH: Teacher Mar­lon Ri­ley shows the stu­dents bush medicine tech­niques.

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