Como Secondary students get lesson in reconciliation


Students Jesse Mah-Lim, Jocelyn Tamai, Pheobe Collard, Dwayne Collard, Gerald Woods, Anton Smith, Lynette Jonga and Jacinta Wozencroft. Picture: Jon Hewson
Students Jesse Mah-Lim, Jocelyn Tamai, Pheobe Collard, Dwayne Collard, Gerald Woods, Anton Smith, Lynette Jonga and Jacinta Wozencroft. Picture: Jon Hewson

COMO Secondary College students helped mend bridges as part of reconciliation activities held on the campus.

The school received a grant from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs as part of the PALS initiative, which stands for partnership, acceptance, learning and sharing.

The program encourages schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community and Como Secondary College ran art and dance workshops on August 24.

As well as holding the workshops, the school had Aboriginal musician Gina Williams perform and speak in front of the students.

Head of arts Monique Laves said it was a great day as the students learnt new skills and about reconciliation.

“The idea of the day was for the students to work in a culturally sensitive way to Indigenous culture,” she said.

“The students got involved in the workshops including dance, drama and visual arts.

“There was a printmaking workshop, during which the panels formed a fish when assembled together.”

Ms Laves said Mrs Williams sang beautifully and was an impressive person on the day.

“Gina made the kids learn some Noongar words and explained them in English,” she said.

“As well as singing, she spoke about her family and the stories of her life and about the history of Indigenous people, there were a few kids who didn’t know about the stolen generation.

“We are a really multicultural school and we have quite a few Indigenous students, I think they could identify with Gina.”