SPARKING CULTURAL INTEREST: Aboriginal artist Rick Roser teaches students Jayden Cleven and Zoe Swain how to start a fire.
SPARKING CULTURAL INTEREST: Aboriginal artist Rick Roser teaches students Jayden Cleven and Zoe Swain how to start a fire. Paige Ashby

Elders inspire Warwick kids' interest in Aboriginal culture

WARWICK State High School celebrated Aboriginal culture yesterday for the school's own NAIDOC day.

It's the day the students and teachers come together to spread knowledge and awareness of their history and culture.

Students participated in a range of activities from painting, feather art and making fire to throwing a boomerang and cooking damper.

Head of department for junior schools Michelle Ferdinand said the students were excited to learn from their elders.

"The kids are so interested and so keen," she said.

"It's an excellent day. We celebrate NAIDOC in different ways and on different days."

Almost 50 indigenous students attended the celebrations yesterday.

Community education officer Tammy Brown organised the activities for the students.

"The best part is the student engagement," she said.

Aboriginal artist Rick Roser paid a visit to the school and brought his fiery skills with him, teaching the students how to make fire with sticks and dry grass. The students also had their face, arms and legs painted.

Mr Roser travels around to schools to run indigenous workshops.

He said he met marvellous people through his work - principals, teachers and kids.

For the past 30 years he has visited schools across the state, including schools in the outback or in the northern rainforests.



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