Traditional games and dance lessons part of USQ celebrations

ABOUT 240 students from nine local primary schools, their teachers and several Butchulla people will gather at USQ Fraser Coast on Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2013.

The two-day festival called Burunga-m Gambay (learning together) is being organised and run by USQ Fraser Coast in support of NAIDOC Week, which showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, cultures and achievements.

Project manager Chrissie Young, from USQ Fraser Coast, said the event would also encourage the Year 7 participants to value education and motivate them to work hard at school and aspire to higher education. 

"Over the two days of Burunga-m Gambay 2013, six groups of students will rotate between various cultural and educational activities," she said.

"Language, song and future aspiration sessions will be held the USQ Fraser Coast campus, while traditional games, art, music and dance lessons continue at the neighbouring PCYC hall."

Ms Young said that at 2pm each day, students would demonstrate songs and dances they had learnt during Burunga-m Gambay, including the well-known children's song Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in the Butchulla language. 

"Everyone will have their morning tea and lunch on the grassed areas between USQ and PCYC," she said.

Attending schools are Sandy Straits State School, Albert State School, Yarrilee State School, St James Lutheran College, Pialba State School, Star of the Sea, Fraser Coast Anglican College and Urangan Point State School.

The name of the project, 'Burunga-m Gambay' means 'Learning Together' and comes from the local Butchulla people who support the project.



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