Fo­cus on Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture

South Western Times - - News -

STU­DENTS par­tic­i­pated in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties cel­e­brat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture with a fo­cus on “Our Lan­guages Mat­ter” at the New­ton Moore Se­nior High School’s an­nual NAIDOC Day on Tues­day.

Or­gan­ised by the school’s Abo­rig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tion team and in­dige­nous girls’ ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tive the Girls Academy, tra­di­tional dance per­for­mances, elder talks and work­shops through­out the day on tra­di­tional art, lan­guage and music as well as an as­sem­bly and brunch were on the sched­ule. Abo­rig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tion coach Shayne Tay­lor said the aim was for in­dige­nous stu­dents to en­gage in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties and for non­indige­nous stu­dents to em­brace and cel­e­brate Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

“The kids are en­gaged through music and dance which ed­u­cates them in a pos­i­tive way,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“As we grow into a more mul­ti­cul­tural world, this is a good way to start pro­mot­ing all cul­tures.”

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New­ton Moore Se­nior High School Abo­rig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tion Clontarf coach Shayne Tay­lor pro­motes lan­guage and cul­ture at the school's an­nual NAIDOC Day.

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