Traditional indigenous games were enjoyed by the students.
Traditional indigenous games were enjoyed by the students.

Old games played by modern kids

INDIGENOUS students at Baryuglil Public School have introduced a number of their traditional sports to pupils from Grafton schools.

On March 10, about 100 students from Grafton Public School visited Baryulgil Public School for games, culture and friendship.

As part of the Schools in Partnership program, student leaders from South Grafton High School led the younger students through a variety of traditional indigenous games.

Many of these games have been played in indigenous communities across the country for thousands of years and have now been introduced to a whole new generation to enjoy and experience another part of Australia's indigenous culture.

Uncle Andrew Donnelly welcomed the visitors to country.

“The South Grafton High students did a fantastic job in presenting these games to the younger students with such patience,” Andrew Patterson, relieving principal at Baryulgil Public School, said.

“Thanks must go to Kerry Skinner and Maggie Skeel from South High for organising these activities and sharing them with us.

“Many of the games involved hitting targets and in times past would have been played by children to hone their hunting skills.”

Baryulgil students enjoyed having so many visitors and some new friendships were formed with the students from Grafton Primary.

Baryulgil teachers and community members commented on the fantastic behaviour of the visiting children and their willingness to join in all activities.

Members of the Baryulgil community from The Square and Malabugilmah joined in the fun.

The community members helped make the day a success by catering for everyone, which included cooking kangaroo sausages on the barbecue and Aunty Lynette's famous Johnny Cakes.

“It was a great day for all the kids and adults involved and I am very grateful to the community for coming along and providing all the support they did,” Mr Patterson said.

“In two weeks' time we will be doing it all over again with another 100 students from Grafton Primary, and I'm hoping our community will be out in force for that one as well.”

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