Indigenous culture lesson for students, teachers

THE first week of Term 3 at Bega High School has started with a varied program of activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week, which fell in the second week of the school holidays.

On Monday - a designated staff development day - teachers and staff took part in a Indigenous culture tour around Bega and Tathra, hosted by Graham Moore of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and were also involved in several activities focusing on Indigenous learning and understanding.

Indigenous support officer Mark Rose said he has received a lot of positive feedback from the teachers and staff about the tour, a first for the school, and hoped to organise something similar again.

Special education support teacher David Britton said the tour had some “eye-opening moments”.

“I really enjoyed it and was able to gain an understanding of the Indigenous people’s connection to their land,” Mr Britton said.

“It was great to learn about these special places and what they mean to the previous inhabitants.

“I think it was a very positive experience for the teachers.”

During the week, students from Years 7 to 11 have been involved in many special activities.

On Thursday, Allan Aldridge of Eden demonstrated the art of boomerang throwing and taught the students about the history of the boomerang.

He was impressed with the students’ skills, with a few even catching their returning boomerang.

“All the kids were enjoying the activity and learning about the culture,” he said.

Warren Foster from Gulaga Dancers then guided students through some Indigenous dances.

He started by saying the dances were to be respected and that the students should be proud of these dances and, in turn, their culture.

The boys were led by Mr Foster, while the girls were led by Kerri-ann Perry, one of his dance students.

Both groups participated in the dances with enthusiasm.

Friday’s activities include jewellery making, rope making and art.

In addition, faculties have prepared interesting Indigenous units of work during the course of the week including literacy, bush tucker, numeracy and woodwork.

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