Published on: 8 August 2019

Emus, kangaroos and dingos came to life in our Pre-Primary classrooms this week as the boys learnt Australian animal dances to the sounds of the didgeridoo in celebration of NAIDOC Week.

Olman and Rickeeta Walley taught the boys how to stand and move like the animals and to listen carefully to the sound of the didgeridoo and respond through dance. The boys also learnt the song Chitty chitty warnyiny coolbardy which tells the story of a Willie Wagtail bird talking to a magpie and danced to tell the tale of the birds.

“As there is no written language of the Bardy people it’s so important that the children listen to these Dreamtime stories and bring them to life with song and dance,” explains Pre-Primary Teacher, Brooke Gonnella.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to hear the stories, listen to the didgeridoo and develop an awareness of the Indigenous culture.”