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    2018 - 07.03

    LONG before Warrnambool West Primary School stood between Hoddle Street and Tait Crescent, the surrounding area, known as Peekwhurrong, was a significant place for the indigenous community that lived there — rich in culture and dotted with sacred sites.
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    Yesterday, the pupils of the school, along with those from 11 other schools in the area, learnt about that history as part of a new indigenous cultural day held at Warrnambool West.

    Shane Harrison (left) tells Isaac Dalton, 11, Rylan Miller, 8, Iziah Harrison, 10, Sam Biasol, 10, Mallory Humphrys, 15, Indra Purcell, 7 and Iluka Drayton, 6, about bush tucker at an indigenous cultural day held at Warrnambool West Primary School yesterday. 150325LP22 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

    The special day is the first of four such events organised by Koori engagement support officers (KESOs) from Victoria’s Department of Education and Training that will take place at schools in the area throughout the year.

    Wayne Harradine, one of the KESOs involved, said it was a chance to share the culture of the region not just with pupils but also with teachers and parents.

    “It’s also now in the curriculum to teach indigenous history and culture, which reinforces its importance,” added Mr Harradine.

    In order to organise the day, the KESOs contacted school principal Phil Barnes who only began in the job last month.

    “The first thing I wanted to organise when I started as principal was an engagement with the area’s indigenous history and culture, so it was perfect timing,” Mr Barnes said.

    To celebrate the day, the pupils took part in indigenous art and sporting activities.

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