Inaugural Interschool Traditional Indigenous Games Carnival – 9th November 2017

We are proud to deliver the Young Achievers Club program in a number of Perth metropolitan primary schools. It has been proven to increase Aboriginal student attendance, cultural identity and pride; and improve academic performance and parental school engagement. At the end of each term, the program includes a cultural celebration, which can take many forms. Past celebrations have included dreamtime stories by Elders, excursions to local significant sites, bush tucker and traditional art and dance. This term, we again tried something different, an Interschool Traditional Indigenous Games Carnival.

More than 90 students from five schools – Arbor Grove Primary School (PS), Ashfield PS, East Maddington PS, Midvale PS & West Beechboro PS – participated in a fun round robin competition playing Borna Jokee (originating from the Nyoongar nation) and Ilye from the Wogadj people of Central Australia.

The event launched with a welcome to country by Elder, Liz Hayden and a traditional dance performance, in which teachers and children joined. At the end of the competition, Arbor Grove PS took the Championship Cup and a place on the Perpetual Trophy. Along with runner-up Midvale PS, team members also received individual medals.

We would like to thank the participating schools, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (program funding partner), Swan Districts Lions Club (lunch preparation and serving), Brian Hadwin (Earth Bound Photografae), Midland Bus Company, Liz Hayden, Olman Walley Productions (dance), Phil Hobbs and Department of Communities (venue – Keith Maine Centre).