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Coal & Allied sets the stage for outstanding Aboriginal students

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article image A Bangarra dancer with Singleton High School student Travis Burns (right)

Seven Aboriginal students from Muswellbrook and Singleton High Schools in the Hunter Valley attended a two-day excursion thanks to Coal & Allied’s Aboriginal Development Community Fund (ADCF).

Selected for excellent performance in dance and high attendance rates, the seven Aboriginal students were sponsored by Coal & Allied to attend the two-day excursion that also included the Bangarra Dance Group and Sydney Opera House.

The Coal & Allied sponsored excursion in the lead-up to the NAIDOC week, provided the students with the opportunity to learn more about local indigenous culture and dance while staying at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE).

Singleton High School student Tameeka Cottom enjoyed the fun experience, especially watching Bangarra Dance and meeting some of the dancers at Sydney Opera House.

The students also attended a dance workshop at the NCIE gym, hosted by dancers from Australia’s leading indigenous performing arts organisation, Bangarra.

Supervisor and Aboriginal Education Support Officer at Singleton High School Sharon Bailey commented that it was an amazing experience for her students as they were all part of the Singleton Aboriginal dance group.

Following an interactive workshop with Bangarra, the students watched the professionals in action at the Sydney Opera House for the Koori Kids Performance of their new work ‘Blak’.

To top off the culturally packed two days, students experienced a walking tour of the Redfern area that detailed the history of the suburb and its important place in Australia’s Aboriginal social history.

Aboriginal Education Worker at Muswellbrook High School, Melisa Powell observed that the two-day trip to Sydney was an amazing experience and a great opportunity for the students and also for her.

Singleton High School students recently showcased a dance performance during their school’s NAIDOC celebrations supported by Coal & Allied.

Coal & Allied is part of Rio Tinto , an Australian coal mining organisation.

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