Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre stu­dents im­mersed them­selves in Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture as part of the school’s hu­man­i­ties and so­cial science pro­gram last week.

Dubbed Abo­rig­i­nal for a Day, stu­dents took part in an all-day im­mer­sion to de­velop a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the cul­ture, lan­guage, life­style and be­liefs of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple.

Mem­bers of Western Cre­ation, an Aus­tralian indige­nous group, vis­ited the school to teach stu­dents about Abo­rig­i­nal dance, didgeri­doo play­ing, art and sto­ry­telling.

“Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory is Aus­tralian his­tory and we all need to feel part of it,” Noon­gar el­der and Western Cre­ation group leader Alan Har­ris said.

The school’s hu­man­i­ties and so­cial science co-or­di­na­tor Deb­bie Lim said the event aimed to en­gage stu­dents and have them par­tic­i­pate in an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence and face to face dis­cus­sions with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to learn more about their cul­ture and his­tory.

“As part of the cur­ricu­lum stu­dents are learn­ing about Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy,” she said.

“Hope­fully stu­dents will be able to re­fer back to this day for fu­ture dis­cus­sions.”

Stu­dents Chloe Watt, 17, Bella Fraw­ley, 16, and Shane Lam­beck, 18, with Western Cre­ations' Leonie Har­ris.

Kat Eddy, 15, and Damien Lum­ley, 15, learnt about tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal art, an­i­mal tracks and sym­bols.

RSHS ESC ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant Arief Pam­budi had a les­son in the didger­doo from Western Cre­ations' Tris­tan Har­ris.

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