Cultures join at Rosedale
ROSEDALE State School opened its doors and arms to the world to celebrate World Indigenous Day.
Students from Rosedale were joined by busloads from Agnes Water and Lowmead state schools to welcome indigenous peoples, including entertainers, to the schools community.
Organisers said the day went extremely well with students able to experience indigenous culture and develop better understanding and appreciation of their neighbours.
The day began with a Welcome to the Country ceremony with the Gooreng Gooreng people performing the welcome dance for all the attendees, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
Rosedale State School principal Kerri Moore said the World Indigenous Day celebrations held at the school were valuable for the students, staff and guests.
“Students participated in a number of activities throughout the day, that aimed to celebrate and give students a better understanding and appreciation of indigenous culture,” Mrs Moore said.
Special guest international Indigenous comedian Shaun Choolburra kept the smiles coming, while students also opted for face painting taking part in indigenous art – and sampling kangaroo sausages.
Guests, students and staff and their families were treated to a fun day, which included appreciation of, and participation in, indigenous art, music and dance as well as getting to know a little bit more about the indigenous populations of the world; and in particular our own indigenous people.