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A nurturing trip to Ngatana Lui - 24 March 2015

This month, Lourdes Hill’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, accompanied by Mrs McGleenon, Mrs Larkin and Aunty Joan, travelled to the Ngatana Lui Cultural Centre, Inala for a day of Cultural Immersion based around the theme of “Women’s Business”. The day commenced with traditional face painting and an Aboriginal dance workshop where the girls were taught about the meanings and importance of traditional dance. This was a great chance to have a bit of fun and bond as a group. A stimulating bush walk around the beautiful Ngatana Lui campus educated the group about the natural bush medicines their ancestors once used to provide aid to themselves and others. Using soap leaves sourced from trees on the walk, the customary art of soap-making was taught and practised.

Highlights of the trip included damper-making and creating a collaborative piece of artwork, painted by the girls and Aboriginal artist, Aunty Maxine Zealey, in the traditional style of dot painting.  The painting was gifted to the school by Aunty Maxine and will serve as a beautiful reminder of the immersion experience.

The outing was an all-round enjoyable, exciting, educational day where the students and teachers had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures. It was a trip everyone will always remember and be grateful for.

Meg Bower, Year 11