NAIDOC celebrations at Bungwahl Public School on Thursday, July 5 brought two school communities together as students shared food, dancing and friendship.
Teachers from Buladelah Central School, Michelle Pic and Jody Mostyn, organised the Koori Performance Group to do a tour of schools in the Bungwahl area.
This talented group of students performed Indigenous dances inspired by their work with the Bangara Dancers.
They also performed the song ‘Deadly’ and the male students demonstrated how to play the didgeridoo.
The group of young performers then led groups of Bungwahl students to teach them the dances and the stories behind the dances.
The two schools then combined for a performance.
It was then the Bungwahl students’ turn to share their knowledge and talents with their older peers.
The stage three students, led by the kitchen garden specialist, Nikki Dixon planned and prepared a luncheon to share.
Utilising the Bungwahl Indigenous garden the students cooked up a feast, including sabee kumala, warrigal greens and myrtle parcels, warrigal green frittata, kale salad and native honey and lemon dressing, lemon myrtle and fingerlime tart, cinnamon myrtle biscuits with chilli honey and lemon myrtle and orange aniseed myrtle cordial.
The students discussed the native ingredients used and the origin of the recipes.
This cooperation between the two schools enabled students to be both teachers and learners.
The Bungwahl students performed their dances to parents and friends at the ‘dinner under the stars’ end of term community gathering at the school.
Bungwahl students also embraced this years theme ‘Because of her, we can’, by studying the artwork on this years NAIDOC poster and creating their own artworks linked to the theme.
The very successful NAIDOC celebration ended with local Worrimi man Steve Brereton sharing local indigenous history and stories around the campfire.