Lumen Christi College recognised for Naidoc Week celebration


Lumen Christi students receiving their PALS program award with school Aboriginal liaison office Simon Wright (back left), Treasurer Ben Wyatt (back right) and Head of Arts Carmen Stewart (front right).
Lumen Christi students receiving their PALS program award with school Aboriginal liaison office Simon Wright (back left), Treasurer Ben Wyatt (back right) and Head of Arts Carmen Stewart (front right).

A COLOURFUL and passionate display of Aboriginal culture has earned Lumen Christi College a prestigious award.

The school has received a Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing (PALS) Program award in the arts and culture section for its Naidoc Week celebration.

The program encourages schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation and engage non-Aboriginal students to learn more about the culture.

Lumen Christi’s Naidoc Week celebration featured a Year 7 dramatic performance of Corina Martin’s The Toast Tree and the creation of a Noongar-themed community canvas with renowned Indigenous artist Jade Dolman.

School head of the arts Carmen Stewart said she was very proud of the students and staff for their enthusiasm towards the projects.

“Any of these performances take enormous effort and collaboration and when you have students with a huge range of abilities and experience coming together, that’s a challenge from a teaching point of view,” she said.

“Each of the departments, art, media arts, drama and dance, so all the Year 7 students, contributed to the play.”

Art students tie-dyed T-shirts and made costumes and banners, media arts students created artworks to be projected into background, while drama students performed the story and the music students composed the score.

Mrs Stewart said the award was special but also slightly surprising, given they were one of 600 schools who entered.

“(The award) was most unexpected, but we were thrilled to receive it, as a lot of hard work went into production, and it was nice recognition,” she said.

“For some of our students, accepting the award from (State Treasurer Ben Wyatt) was a really humbling and exciting experience.”

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