CELEBRATE AND ACKNOWLEDGE: Matilda Jones, Xian Samaniego, Phyllis Brown and Lilly-May Woodbridge helped celebrate NAIDOC Week.
CELEBRATE AND ACKNOWLEDGE: Matilda Jones, Xian Samaniego, Phyllis Brown and Lilly-May Woodbridge helped celebrate NAIDOC Week. Meg Gannon

School celebrates their rich culture through art

DALBY State School was a sea of red, black and yellow as they finished off the school term with a celebration of Dalby's rich indigenous history.

Students engaged in colouring competitions and activities to start celebrations for NAIDOC week.

In collaboration with Act For Kids, Dalby State School encouraged their students to understand and appreciate the indigenous culture.

Despite being a somewhat confronting topic when addressing the historic abuse the Indigenous Australians faced, teacher Samantha Sharples said it was important for students to understand the importance of the indigenous culture to our country's history.

"It's really important that our kids know not just about their culture, but also about the land that we are on,” she said.

"We do generally do it just through activities and engaging tasks so we don't actually go a lot into the past with the stolen generation.”

Ms Sharples said it was important for kids even as young as the prep students to learn about the country's history and to gain an appreciation for the culture.

"It is part of what our history is,” she said.

"With the number of students that we have here who are indigenous, it's important for their culture to also be heard and their stories to be heard.”

Act For Kids is a charity that works to prevent child abuse and neglect, and played a part in the school's NAIDOC celebrations.


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