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Indigenous Art Day

posted 22 Feb 2017, 19:56 by Jennifer Crippin   [ updated 22 Feb 2017, 19:58 ]

On Monday 20th February, the students at St Patrick’s participated in an Aboriginal Education Day. Eve and Brian from Wandana, a Sydney based company, who specialise in Aboriginal education, visited to work with the students. Using non tokenistic activities the students explored areas of Aboriginal culture and its people in song, dance, didgeridoo, art, history and storytelling. We started the day with a Reconciliation Prayer, Acknowledgement of Country and traditional smoking ceremony. Throughout the course of the day, each and every child from Kindergarten to Year 6 contributed to a St Patrick’s Aboriginal style artwork. The completed work was then presented to the school community at an assembly.

The artwork captures the true essence of the School, Church and community. At the centre of the painting can be seen St Patrick’s Church. The large U shapes represent the teachers and parents of the school. The small U shapes are the students and the children of the school community. The 21 colourful U shapes represent the original 21 students when the school was established in 1862 and the multi cultural aspect of the School Community. Both these large & small U shapes are in the School colours and inspired by St Mary of the Cross.