About 15 students from Haasts Bluff in the Northern Territory were in Echuca this week as part of the students' history and science studies.By Jess Craig
A group of children from an isolated Northern Territory community visited Echuca this week.
About 15 students from Haasts Bluff arrived on Monday.
The visit is part of the students’ history and science studies and was initiated following Echuca teacher Kevin Morgan’s visit to Haasts Bluff earlier this year.
‘‘I’ve been to Haasts Bluff twice, in June this year and once last year,’’ Mr Morgan said.
‘‘My trip came about from a program that gets retired people involved in going out to remote communities, learning about different culture out there and meeting with the communities.
‘‘(Haasts Bluff teacher) Dick Sheehan had the idea to bring the kids to some of the areas that these volunteers come from.’’
Mr Sheehan said the visit was important to his students and he was happy to see them having new experiences in Echuca.
‘‘They’ve had a ride on a paddlesteamer and had a look around the Port area and today (Tuesday), they’re meeting some students from Echuca Primary and playing a game of softball,’’ Mr Sheehan said.
‘‘The students will travel to Cummeragunja and take a tour of the Barmah Forest and then they’re off to Ballarat for the next part of the visit.’’
He said the visit to Cummeragunja was timely, as the students had been learning about Sir Douglas Nicholls, who is buried at the reserve’s cemetery.
Haasts Bluff is also known as Ikuntji. The locality was established as a Lutheran mission in 1946 and is home to Western Arrernte, Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara people.
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