In­dige­nous ed­u­ca­tion for Wild Ones

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

THE Wild Ones were thrown a cul­tural curve ball, or boomerang, at last week’s ses­sion.

The af­ter school care adventure pro­gram wel­comed sev­eral In­dige­nous lo­cals from the Ngara tribe at last Thurs- day’s meet­ing at the Whit­sun­day PCYC.

Wild Ones’ mem­bers were shown how to throw boomerangs and heard sto­ries de­pict­ing the tribe’s his­tory.

Wild Ones’ co-or­di­na­tor Ron Pet­ter­son said the kids en­joyed learn­ing about In­dige­nous life. “It teaches them about In­dige­nous cul­ture in this area. Kids don’t get a lot of ex­po­sure to it here and it’s good to learn about the peo­ple you live with and re­spect­ing their cul­ture,” he said. Ear­lier this month the Wild Ones held a team-build­ing games night, which in­cluded re­lay races us­ing hula hoops, hide and seek and other high-en­ergy games.

“At this age it’s im­por­tant to learn to mix and so­cialise with other kids out­side their peer group,” Mr Pet­ter­son ex­plained.

“It’s also men­tor­ing prac­tice for the older kids. Th­ese things are im­por­tant when we go camp­ing or go on hikes and we see their lead­er­ship in ac­tion. The big­ger kids can help the younger kids and they do it with­out us ask­ing.” Tonight the Wild Ones will par­tic­i­pate in a science night at the Whit­sun­day PCYC from 5.30pm.

GO WILD: Leah Thom­sen, Kate Bennett, Cody Pet­ter­son and Ai­den Franke at the Wild Ones In­dige­nous Night.

CUL­TURAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Wild Ones' Jay­den Scullen, Zoltan Holeczy and Banjo Groves were taught how to throw boomerangs by Arthur Gabey (sec­ond from left) last Thurs­day night.

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