Shining a light on culture and tradition

Students lit up Chifley College Dunheved Campus for Reconciliation Week. Sophie Lambert reports.

Paper lanterns lined up in rows. Paper lanterns lined up in rows.
Image: Rows of lanterns line the lawn for Reconciliation Week at Chifley College Dunheved Campus.

Students from Chifley College Dunheved Campus gave their community a chance to be a voice for generations at the inaugural ‘Light up Dunheved’ event last Friday.

Interactive light displays glittered while illuminating an Aboriginal nature experience, a Freedom Ride bus, a Tent Embassy and a showcase of Australian native animals.

Chifley College Dunheved Campus principal Jennifer Ribeiro was delighted her school could encourage families to come together in the spirit of reconciliation to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and histories.

“Our school places community at the heart of all we do - ‘Light up Dunheved’ provided members of the public with an opportunity to celebrate cultural unity in a fun, engaging and exciting way,” she said.

“A large SORRY light exhibition welcomed attendees as they entered the school grounds to really shine a light on the importance of ‘sorry’ in the healing process.

“Each artwork and light installation was meaningful in a uniquely sophisticated way.”

The event included musical performances from community members, including a Torres Strait Islander musical demonstration. Uncle Wes Marne recited his poems from the ‘Through Old Eyes’ anthology and students recorded his poetry.

Community member Mariama was dazzled by the elegant designs and said the event was informative and educational.

“It was really beautiful to see the pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,” she said.

“The school should be proud of the event.”

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