Stu­dents to cel­e­brate cul­ture

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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