Ju­lat­ten cel­e­brates NAIDOC

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - @SCHOOL -

JU­LAT­TEN State School cel­e­brated NAIDOC with the sup­port of Sean Ryan, abo­rig­i­nal mu­si­cian, artist, dancer and ed­u­ca­tor. Sean be­longs to the Kuku Nyunkal bubu ba­manga, the peo­ple of the Black Cock­a­too mother coun­try.

He grew up in Mossman and has been liv­ing in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne in re­cent years, per­form­ing, ed­u­cat­ing and sup­port­ing stu­dents.

Sean or­gan­ised a mem­o­rable NAIDOC pro­gram to re­open the Ju­lat­ten State School Learn­ing Gar­den.

The day be­gan with a tra­di­tional Wel­come to Coun­try and smok­ing cer­e­mony, fol­lowed by an en­ter­tain­ing didgeri­doo per­for­mance.

Ju­lat­ten Groote Ey­landt stu­dents per­formed a se­ries of five tra­di­tional dances on the stage. The au­di­ence was en­thralled by the per­for­mances in such a beau­ti­ful, natural lo­ca­tion.

Through­out the day, Sean con­ducted art work­shops with classes and shared his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of bush tucker food and medicine dur­ing a walk through the Learn­ing Gar­den. Sean pre­pared a tra­di­tional feast cooked in a gar­rama, a fire pit of river rocks with meat and veg­eta­bles wrapped in banana leaves and cooked for more than six hours.

Stu­dents en­joyed a de­li­cious feast of pork, chicken, taro, potato, pump­kin, sweet potato and pineap­ple for lunch.

The day was a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of in­dige­nous cul­ture and achieve­ment.

Sun­bird Child Care Cen­tre, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity mem­bers were in­vited to at­tend and par­tic­i­pate in the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Prin­ci­pal, Mrs Gaye Love­lock, said NAIDOC is an im­por­tant an­nual event on the school cal­en­dar.

Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­land per­spec­tives are a cross­cur­ric­u­lar pri­or­ity of the Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum.

The day pro­vided an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, and gain knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ings of tra­di­tional ways of life and art.

The school com­mu­nity would like to thank Sean for his ef­forts, en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and sup­port of stu­dents at Ju­lat­ten.

Sean Ryan was the spe­cial guest

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