School helps to end Indigenous disparity

Students from Cooma Public School have entered the CREATivE CHANGE GenerationOne School Competition for the chance to win $15,000. GenerationOne is a movement to bring all Australians together to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation.

Now in its third year, the CREATivE CHANGE GenerationOne School Competition encourages primary schools to perform and film their own version of the GenerationOne theme song Hands Across Australia, and secondary schools to use the Warumpi Band's Blackfella/Whitefella to inspire their CREATivE CHANGE response to Indigenous disparity. One primary school and one secondary school will win $15,000.

All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 at Cooma Public School have been working together to create their entry for CREATivE CHANGE. The entire school has also been rehearsing the GenerationOne theme song Hands Across Australia, to perform as the finale for their biennial school musical.

Teacher Grace Bligh said, "Our school prides itself on inclusivity and team efforts to achieve our best results in all we do. Our school is a close community which prides itself on valuing the individual. We have a small population of Aboriginal children who we nurture and encourage. We celebrate their culture and achievements.

This competition sounded like the perfect opportunity to showcase all our children, reinforce our ethos and promote our school further afield through the entry."

Cooma Public School filmed their entry on the last day of the musical "It's all about the dance" at the Cooma Ex-Services Club on Thursday September 13.Two matinee performances were held on Wednesday and Thursday.

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