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As the state and the city prepare to celebrate cultural diversity, Bendigo Senior Secondary College has kicked off a week of activities in appreciation of the people, places and customs that have shaped the community.
More than 130 Grade Three students from Goornong and Kennington primary schools attended the Language Centre on Tuesday for a day of cultural immersion.
How cool is this music lesson?! An insight into Indigenous Australian culture as BSSC celebrates the community's diversity. pic.twitter.com/3AHXHhYODY— Emma D'Agostino (@amassedmedia) March 15, 2017
Activities reflected the traditions of Indigenous Australians and people from Karen, Afghan, Thai, Ethiopian, Papua New Guinea and Chinese backgrounds.
There were games, dances and a lesson on the use of chopsticks.
Students learn the game of thepan, based on Indigenous Australian swordplay. pic.twitter.com/nYg1hbaE5d— Emma D'Agostino (@amassedmedia) March 15, 2017
Among those leading the session were visitors from Zhongshan Huaqiao High School, the BSSC’s new sister school in China, and students in the college’s EAL VCAL program.
BSSC Learning & Engagement Coordinator Mardi Holland said the day was “really special” for the EAL VCAL students, because they got to be the experts and the teachers.
All 43 of the program’s participants come from refugee backgrounds.
Safe to say they're enjoying thepan! pic.twitter.com/ZjCL1P7Hl6— Emma D'Agostino (@amassedmedia) March 15, 2017
Language and food are at the heart of further activities planned for the week, which culminates in a celebration of Chinese culture.