Mater Dei College event celebrates Aboriginal culture

Noongar mamman Lenny Yarran and Yamitji mamman Ian Clinch at Mater Dei College's Whadjuk Gift Day. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitynews.com.au d492145
Noongar mamman Lenny Yarran and Yamitji mamman Ian Clinch at Mater Dei College's Whadjuk Gift Day. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitynews.com.au d492145

ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander culture was celebrated at a Mater Dei College event this month.

The Edgewater school held the Whadjuk Gift Day on Wednesday, April 3, starting with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

Noongar mamman Lenny Yarran.

 

Principal Annette Morey said students then took part in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games and activities devised by teachers.

Whadjuk ambassador Ingrid Cumming.

“This art, HASS, home economics and design and technology cross-curricular project has involved five invited Catholic primary schools,” she said.

“The premise of the event is to develop meaningful cultural knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nations.

“Each primary school have designed and printed t-shirts that represent one of 17 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations.”

Students wore their nation t-shirts for the day of celebration, activity and culturally relevant sports at Mater Dei College.

Sir Douglas Nicholls mural.
Mater Dei College Year 7 student Kiara Toby.
Noongar mamman Lenny Yarran.