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Schools celebrate Aboriginal culture

12 July 2012
NAIDOC Week was embraced by students everywhere with many schools putting on their own events recently.

Cyril Jackson Senior High School students cooked up a storm for their celebrations.

A bush tucker cooking master class with chefs Mark Olive and Josh Catalano was held and students from seven primary schools in the area took part.

Mark has been a chef for more than 25 years and stars in his own television series The Outback Café. Josh shot to fame as a contestant on the first series of television show MasterChef and works at the family business Catalano’s Seafood in Bassendean.

Carey Ewing from Cyril Jackson Senior High School said the NAIDOC Week events were a huge success.

“The look of delight on the students’ faces when they received their kangaroo sausages and emu meat pies was worth its weight in gold,” she said.

“Staff who helped our students with the cooking came back from the various primary schools saying it was one of the best experiences they have had in years. So all round it was a great success.”

The school has also launched Live…To Tell Your Story, a new program which has Mark Olive as the patron and helps students develop life skills and make healthy food choices.

Campbell Primary School also had a special guest at its own NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Aboriginal performer Levi Islam held Dreamtime storytelling at the school and played the didgeridoo.

Levi selected students to go up on stage and perform actions to stories and songs he performed. He also did an interactive dance with students.

Teacher Maxine Wylie said the performance provided an important history lesson for students.

Photo: Campbell Primary School pre primary school students Lilly Crispin and Zayvien Cox with Levi Islam.

Page last updated 22 August 2012

Schools celebrate Aboriginal culture