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Students gain appreciation of Indigenous culture

Shepparton's St George's Rd Primary School students celebrate NAIDOC Week.

SIONNIE KELLY August 1, 2014 3:04am

St George's Rd Primary School Year 3 students Kushbeer Kaur, Rose Rumbold, Andia Hoxha and Scarlett Hamer look through the bottom of a didgeridoo.

St George’s Rd Primary School started its NAIDOC celebrations this week with children participating in a range of activities, such as learning about artefacts, the Dreamtime and painting.

UnitingCare Cutting Edge presenters Kalun Atkinson and David Edwards held an interactive session for years 3 and 4 students to teach them about Aboriginal culture.

The UnitingCare Cutting Edge program helps to enhance economic and social prospects of Aboriginal youths aged between 10 and 24. But Mr Atkinson said the purpose of their interactive session at St George’s Rd Primary was to teach children about the importance of NAIDOC and about cultural artefacts.

‘‘Aboriginal culture is Australian culture, so it’s everyone’s culture,’’ Mr Atkinson said.

Children learned about a variety of different Aboriginal artefacts, such as the nulla nulla (wooden fighting club) and the dilly bag (woven basket).

Year 3 teacher Nick Mellington said it was important for children to learn about NAIDOC.

‘‘It’s really good for the Aboriginal kids in the class, they’re really proud for everyone to know about exactly how all the elders have made things,’’ he said.

Mr Mellington said the children were engaged during the session.

‘‘They can see how different it was from today,’’ he said.

‘‘They can learn about how important it is to regenerate all different sorts of animals — we can’t just keep eating and eating.’’

Year 3 student Scarlett Hamer, 8, said she had enjoyed NAIDOC Week and felt more connected to her Aboriginal friends when she learned about their history.

‘‘It’s fun and interesting to learn about other cultures,’’ she said.

Scarlett said she had enjoyed learning about the different artefacts Aboriginal people once used.

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