Kids celebrate indigenous culture
FERNLEIGH Public School students Sam Nash, Jayden Younson and Max Redding celebrated a vital part of Australia’s history with their peers yesterday.
Two years after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a heartfelt apology to the Stolen Generation, the school marked the day with a variety of activities which principal Michaela Reina said were ‘a huge success’.
Sam, 10, Jayden, 8, and Max, 9, all tried out their artistic skills with indigenous-style dot painting, while other students tried their hand at cooking bush tucker and had plenty of fun playing Koori games.
“(Today) marks two years to the day since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made an official apology to the Aboriginal People of Australia for past injustices,” Ms Reina said.
“Fernleigh Public School teacher Ray Crane organised an information session and a number of workshop activities such as Koori games, Dreamtime painting and the cooking of johnny cakes for students to learn about Aboriginal culture.”
Ms Reina said events such as the anniversary of the official apology to the Stolen Generation are ‘very much a part of our Aboriginal education curriculum’, allowing students to learn about their past and create a better future.
“Students also reflected upon Australia’s history and ways that they could help to build a brighter future for the indigenous peoples of this country,” she said.
“All the students and parents who attended had a great time participating.”