Churchlands: Newman College performance wins reconciliation award

Newman College students with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt (centre) at the PALS Reconciliation Awards.
Newman College students with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt (centre) at the PALS Reconciliation Awards.

NEWMAN College students have won a State award for their cultural performance promoting reconciliation.

The Churchlands school took part in the PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program, run by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, which encourages young people to learn more about Aboriginal culture.

Students created and performed Koort Kadadjiny Kadidjiny (Heart Learning), which used Noongar language, original music, song, movement and visual art to explore Australia’s cultural history.

It was one of more than 620 projects by primary and secondary schools entered in the PALS Reconciliation Awards.

Newman College won the arts and culture award and the overall award, presented by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt.

Year 11 student Elizabeth Metcalf said the production impacted performers and audience members.

“This PALS project has changed the attitudes, values and lives, of those involved in the Newman College Arts Collective and those in the audience who watched the performance,” she said.