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Dharumbal Dash

4/08/2017
​Elie and Usharne taking a break
On the 4th August, the annual Dharumbal Dash was held at Allenstown State School. The day is organised for our Indigenous students in years 4 and 5 to celebrate their culture and come together with respected cultural identities.
23 students represented Glenmore State School and they participated in a wide range of activities to celebrate their culture and their future.
The first session was an engaging safety talk presented by the Red Cross, about what to do in times of emergency evacuations.  The 'Pillowcase Project' has been well received throughout Qld and teaches children safety procedures through natural disasters. In emergencies, filling a pillowcase with basic needs, rather than wants can be life saving.
The next session was a meeting with Harold in the Life Education Van on the importance of leading a life free of smoking.  Smoking kills and I'm sure all students came away with more awareness of how much smoking can and will destroy their dreams.
Our 3rd and 4th stops both involved the importance of communication. Firstly, the students had to use very clear and concise words to instruct their group members to use their bodies to form amazing shapes. After this session, we learned Indigenous language and culture from Uncle Poi, and Aunty Marcia. They are very proud Indigenous leaders in our community and the student’s showed the utmost respect as they spoke. The students enjoyed participating in a cultural dance.
Our final session was the outstanding Indigenous game called Thepan. Students get to whack each other (below the knee!) with pool noodles. I don't think any of us will forget Beau chasing Robbie around... and whacking him!!
A wonderful day was had by all. We are so privileged at Glenmore State School to have Clem and Marg Domic, who put so much time and effort into raising Indigenous awareness within our school, and creating these outstanding cultural opportunities for our students, to encourage a sense of belonging. Thanks Clem and Marg for a great day.