Students, children reconcile

Students from Hincks Avenue Primary School and children at the Gabmididi Manoo Children and Family Centre recently came together to produce artwork for Reconciliation Week.

The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week was ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’, which focused on highlighting some of the lesser known aspects of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Gabmididi Manoo Director Kellie Bails said the project was funded by The Wight Foundation via a Rural and Regional Youth Education Grant.

“Each class participated in a journey of learning about a piece of Aboriginal history and created a collaborative piece of artwork that is being displayed at the Middleback Arts Centre,” she said.

“The outcomes of the program included an opportunity for all children to understand the significance of Reconciliation Week in our community and learning about the importance of storytelling in Aboriginal culture.”

After the project was completed students attended Black Screen, a short film showcase of South Australian indigenous cinema,  at the Middleback Arts Centre.

Students then visited Edward John Eyre High School where they shared fruit platters, before returning to Hincks Avenue for the unveiling of their art projects.

“We have loved working closely with Hincks Avenue Primary School, we’re proud of the learning that has happened between the two sites,” Ms Bails said.

ASEO Anita Taylor, who took the lead from the Hincks Avenue side, said the school’s art project focused on the history of famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represented on a snake.

“There’s a lot of information about the past, present and future on it,” she said.