IGS Indigenous students connect with culture

IGS Indigenous students across Primary and High School enjoyed pooling their artistic talents, led by local Aboriginal artist Bianca Caldwell who runs Wiradjuri Dreaming.

The workshop was initiated by IGS Head of Stage 3 Jessica Price, who wanted the students to design a permanent Acknowledgement of Country poster to be displayed in all classrooms.

The experience gave the students the opportunity to be involved in a cultural activity with a local artist.

“All of the Indigenous students met in the School art room to collaborate and design their poster print with Bianca, stating what it means to be part of the group at School and what they like about being Indigenous at IGS,” Head of Indigenous Education and Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies Teacher Jade Carr said.

“The students talked about coming together from all of their different mobs around NSW and Queensland, yarning and learning together.

“They then participated in a drawing workshop to come up with the design and colour scheme for their canvas. They contributed to painting the canvas which will be touched up by Bianca over the next few weeks to reveal the final product.

“The students are proud to know that they contributed to the development of the artwork and will be proud to see it hanging in each classroom in the School, knowing that they have contributed to its design.”

Students enjoyed kangaroo burgers for lunch cooked on the barbeque by students Jai and Tate.

To conclude the day, students wove headbands.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed the day, as did the supervising teachers, and most of all spending time together. Many have missed their usual Koori Club morning teas which had to be cancelled due to COVID restrictions,” Jade said.

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