Guyra Central School pupils visit Oorala at University of New England for 30-year anniversary

SENDING A MESSAGE: The Sea of Hands for Reconciliation was a popular attraction at the Oorala anniversary celebration.
SENDING A MESSAGE: The Sea of Hands for Reconciliation was a popular attraction at the Oorala anniversary celebration.

Indigenous students from K-11 at Guyra Central School travelled to the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England on Tuesday, October 31, to celebrate its 30-year anniversary.

CELEBRATION: Local students went to the 30-year anniversary of the Oorala Centre at UNE.

CELEBRATION: Local students went to the 30-year anniversary of the Oorala Centre at UNE.

Alecia Blair, Clea Townsend and Justine Eddy accompanied the students to the event.

Mrs Eddy said it was an amazing day and everyone had a wonderful time.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Guyra Central School pupils Tiana Kirk and Sativa Collins enjoying the boomerang painting lessons.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Guyra Central School pupils Tiana Kirk and Sativa Collins enjoying the boomerang painting lessons.

“The students got to see inspirational speakers Dean and Brad Widders, spent time with Dolly Jerome learning to weave a basket, painted boomerangs and had faces painted as well,” Mrs Eddy said.

“Students also got to have photos taken with Isaiah Firebrace – an Australian singer who won the eighth season of The X Factor Australia in 2016 and represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest.

“A very special thank you to Gwyneth Pearson for our yummy lunches and fruit.”

Mrs Eddy also thanked the bus driver and teachers including Mrs Nicholson.

“It was a great day and fantastic cultural and mentoring experience,” she said.

The Oorala Centre was founded in 1986 and offers facilities, programs and services of a nationally recognised standard to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have chosen to study at UNE.

Oorala comes from a local Aboriginal word meaning “a camp” or “a place where people come together” and it was chosen by Indigenous students enrolled at UNE when the centre opened.

For more information about the Oorala Centre, visit its website at www.une.edu.au/info-for/indigenous-matters/oorala/about-oorala