Kids tune in to Gina’s past
ABORIGINAL musician Gina Williams sang traditional songs and told stories about her family to Como Secondary College students as part of a reconciliation program.
Head of arts Monique Laves said Mrs Williams sang beautifully and was an impressive person on the day.
“Gina made the kids learn some Noongar words and explained them in English,” she said.
“As well as singing, she spoke about her family and the stories of her life and about the history of indigenous people.
“There were a few kids who didn’t know about the stolen generation. We are a really multicultural school and we have quite a few indigenous students.
“I think they could identify with Gina.”
Mrs Williams was the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Indigenous Act of the Year at the WA Music Industry Awards and has performed at festivals including the Nannup Music Festival, Jazz by the Bay and the Fairbridge Festival.
The school received a grant from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs as part of the PALS initiative, which stands for partnership, acceptance, learning and sharing.
The program encourages schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation.
Como Secondary College ran art and dance workshops on August 24.
Como Secondary College students learnt some of Gina Williams’ indigenous history.