Lockridge Primary students embrace Aboriginal culture


Rickelle Bromfield (9) of Lockridge, Lincoln Watkins (8) of Lockridge, Alice Lawson (Aboriginal Islander Education Officer, AIEO), Emily Mason (8) of Caversham and Leilani Ugle (10) of Bassendean.  Lockridge Primary School students will be taking part in Culture 2.0 workshops run by the Yirra Raarkin Theatre Company from March 9 to 23. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d480361
Rickelle Bromfield (9) of Lockridge, Lincoln Watkins (8) of Lockridge, Alice Lawson (Aboriginal Islander Education Officer, AIEO), Emily Mason (8) of Caversham and Leilani Ugle (10) of Bassendean. Lockridge Primary School students will be taking part in Culture 2.0 workshops run by the Yirra Raarkin Theatre Company from March 9 to 23. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d480361

A GROUP of 30 Lockridge Primary School students are embracing Aboriginal culture through three workshops with the Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company this month.

The Culture 2.0 workshops provide students an introduction to Aboriginal forms of storytelling and offer an Indigenous approach to devising theatre and performance.

Topics discussed during the workshops include family, totems, celebrations, language, connection to country, food, sustainability and respect.

Yirra Yaarkin performers will showcase their show Karla Kaatijin to the school at the end of term two.

Lockridge PS performing arts teacher Tania McGhee said the workshops increased students’ skills and confidence in performance and gave them an opportunity to “have their voice”.

“We are a very multicultural school… we all have rich and diverse backgrounds that make us who we are,” she said.

“The performing arts provides a perfect vehicle to explore and preserve all of the cultures that make-up our school.

“We are in great hands with Yirra Yarrkin, whose name means Stand Tall in Noongar, to do this.”

The students will take part in the final workshop on March 23.

MORE: Residents call for Shire of Mundaring CEO to be investigated for decision to prosecute two dogs acquitted of sheep killing

MORE: Construction of Yanchep rail extension likely to begin late 2019

MORE: Homestead 4 Youth helps man turn his life around after meth addiction