Stu­dents value Noon­gar cul­ture

Melville Times - - Opinion -

THE Leeming Se­nior High School Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre hosted an as­sem­bly last week to en­cour­age aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Noon­gar cul­ture.

The school is on Whad­juk coun­try, the tra­di­tional home of the Noon­gar peo­ple.

The as­sem­bly, in­clud­ing per­for­mances from stu­dents in years 8 and 9, was a PALS ini­tia­tive.

Launched in 2004, PALS stands for Part­ner­ship, Ac­cep­tance, Learn­ing and Shar­ing, and en­cour­ages WA schools to de­velop projects that pro­mote rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Year 9 teacher Lor­raine Vann said the school had em­barked on a wide range of projects to en­cour­age aware­ness of Noon­gar cul­ture, lan­guage and her­itage.

“Some of th­ese projects in­cluded Abo­rig­i­nal sym­bols, ori­en­teer­ing, search­ing for bush tucker plants around the school and Dream­time sto­ries, mu­sic, dance, drama, rock art and his­tory,” she said.

Year 9 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the spe­cial as­sem­bly.

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