Students to celebrate culture
Horsham Primary School students will showcase what they have learnt through this year’s Nyupun program at an end-of-term picnic and assembly on Friday.
The program is the result of a partnership between the school, Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Parks Victoria.
Sixteen indigenous students from years three to six will present a dance to celebrate weeks of engaging in and learning more about Wotjobaluk and western culture.
Principal Chris Walter said the program provided wonderful opportunities for the students.
“It has been exciting to see them learn about what it means to be a young indigenous person in today’s world and how they can become the next generation of people who can carry forward their cultural traditions,” he said.
“The Nyupun program has been running for three years and something that has visibly developed in the students is a sense of pride.
“They are proud of who they are and what they represent and we are looking forward to them proudly presenting themselves through dance at the end-of-term assembly.
“It is going to be the biggest assembly we have had so far this year and we look forward to welcoming lots of parents and community members to help us celebrate another term of great achievement.”
The students completed the program at Horsham Police Paddock.
They previously enjoyed a visit to Grampians National Park, where they learnt about the traditional creation story of Bunjil at Brambuk – the National Park and Cultural Centre.
The also saw culturally significant rock art at Bunjils Cave and visited Lake Lonsdale to collect ochre.
The students went on an outing to Little Desert Nature Lodge to explore flora and fauna and learn about native animals.