Wagga Christian College connects with Wiradjuri roots

Wagga Christian College student Rebekah Hector, 8, (front) has spent this week learning about the Wiradjuri people along with her classmates, with the help of (back from left) Army chaplain Major Ivan Grant, College teacher Kim Heath and principal Hugh MacCallum. Picture: Laura HardwickWAGGA Christian College students have spent this week learning about the Wiradjuri people and their connection with the area as part of the school’s first Nation Building Days.

A number of notable indigenous Australians have visited the school to speak to students, including broadcaster Stan Grant and his father, Stan, who has spent the past 30 years studying the Wiradjuri language.

Principal Hugh MacCallum said the days had been valuable experiences for students.

“This has been a chance for us to partner with the local indigenous population and help the kids to learn more about the Wiradjuri nation, which lived in this area,” he said.

“It’s also been a chance for our kids of any background to say, here is a person, they’ve been a successful Australian and they’re indigenous, to change stereotypes.”

Wagga Christian College’s connection to the indigenous community stretches right back to its earliest days, with founding principal Alan Brown coming from an Aboriginal background.

One of the guest speakers, army chaplain Major Ivan Grant, said his key message for students was there were many high-achieving indigenous people in their community.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have achieved amazing things and you can achieve anything you want to have a crack at,” he said.

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