Indigenous education for Wild Ones
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.