Cultural workshops at Umina

Umina Beach Public School recently hosted cultural workshops for aboriginal students.

The workshops were run by community elders, Uncle Stu McMinn and Aunty Janelle, according to principal Ms Lyn Davis. “The students were taught traditional dances and their stories, witnessed a coolamon bowl being carved from a gum tree and were taught about several aboriginal artefacts,” Ms Davis said. “As part of the day Uncle Stu was involved in the opening of the Literacy Yarning Circle and performed a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse the area,” she said. “Our aboriginal students danced in the offi cial opening.”

SOURCE: Newsletter, 5 Apr 2017 Lyn Davis, Umina Beach Public School