Mas­cot Borobi pops in to visit city school

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Amy Lyne amy.lyne@thechron­i­

THE 2018 Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games’ mas­cot Borobi yes­ter­day made a special visit to a Toowoomba school.

Har­ris­town State School was the only Toowoomba school to be cho­sen as part of a re­gional tour to 40 schools in the state to pro­mote the sport­ing event.

Prin­ci­pal Jonathan Druce said it was a great op­por­tu­nity to have Borobi visit. Borobi means koala in the lan­guage of the Gold Coast’s Yugam­beg peo­ple.

As well as stu­dents learn­ing the “Borobi boo­gie”, its indige­nous dance group did a special per­for­mance, com­plete with a smok­ing cer­e­mony in hon­our of the big blue koala.

“We are very proud of our cul­ture in the school,” Mr Druce said.

“We have over 25 per cent of our stu­dents iden­ti­fied as Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der, so it is a big part of our cul­ture and who we are.

“The kids have been so ex­cited for the last cou­ple of weeks.

“We have been talk­ing it up and learn­ing a lit­tle bit about Borobi and get­ting to know his name and why he is called that.”

Har­ris­town State School will also have two peo­ple in­volved in the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay - this year’s school cap­tain Sean Lind­say-Hol­ley and chap­lain Josh Wil­lis.


SPECIAL VIS­I­TOR: Ex­cited to meet Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games mas­cot Borobi are (from left) Bri­anna Ri­ley, Sean Lind­say-Hol­ley and Mitchell Row­botham from Har­ris­town State School.

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