Teaching young generation about nation’s rich culture
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.
SECRETS OF THE BUSH: Teacher Marlon Riley shows the students bush medicine techniques.