Concert a highlight of NAIDOC

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse with Greenbushes Primary School students Edyn Hardy, 11 and Tess McgGinty, 6.
Camera IconGina Williams and Guy Ghouse with Greenbushes Primary School students Edyn Hardy, 11 and Tess McgGinty, 6. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Greenbushes Primary School got into the spirit of NAIDOC Week, with a full slate of events held at the school.

On Wednesday night, the school hosted Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse for a concert, with the duo performing songs in Noongar language.

Principal Kylie Loney said her students were impressed with the concert.

“The students absolutely loved it, they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sing along with Gina and Guy,” she said.

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“They also commented about how entertaining it was, not just from a musical perspective, but in terms of the stories they told about the songs they had written and their experiences, the kids were absolutely enthralled.

“Our kids have been learning Noongar as their language at school and have been learning a lot of Gina and Guy’s songs in their music lessons, so it was a culmination of all they’ve been doing.

“At one point the children actually made Gina cry, because they knew the words to her songs and it was a priceless moment.”

Mrs Loney said working towards reconciliation was a high priority for the school.

“Although we only have a very small number of Indigenous students, it is a huge priority of ours to ensure that we work towards reconciliation by beginning at the grassroots level with our children, making sure that feeds back into their families and community and certainly into our community,” she said.

“We certainly want to continue bigger and better things year after year, making sure that our kids are given every opportunity to take part in reconciliation work.”

As well as the concert, the school will play host to a community NAIDOC celebration on Friday, featuring bush tucker, dance and storytelling, as well as other attractions.

“We’ll have Josh Whiteland and some of his crew members from Koomal Dreaming coming along,” she said.

“It’s going to be a really fun-filled day, in which kids will learn a lot about Indigenous culture but also enjoy that chance to work together.”

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