Yesterday a group of BSSC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students presented a didgeridoo and storytelling performance at White Hills Primary School—the culmination of a wonderful project.

It began in a pre-Covid world—more than 18 months ago—when the college received a $2000 grant from North Central Catchment Management Authority.

With the guidance of Koorie Education Support Officer, Simon Briggs, and the musical skills of Uncle Paul Chapman, a group of young ATSI men learnt to make and play their own didgeridoos.

Uncle Paul also created a story with animal noises played on the didgeridoo. A former student made illustrations to go with the story and a book was printed.

Yesterday, two of our young ATSI women read the story while the boys played along on didgeridoos—much to the delight of the White Hills students who loved learning about Aboriginal culture.

“Our presenting students felt so proud and valued,” teacher Sue Pickles said. “They can’t wait to bring this performance to more audiences.”