Dimboola Primary School plaque acknowledges traditional owners

HISTORY: Dimboola Primary School captains Isaac Wren and Brook Ward with Aunty Nancy Harrison and Aunty Leila Harradine and the school's new plaque. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

HISTORY: Dimboola Primary School captains Isaac Wren and Brook Ward with Aunty Nancy Harrison and Aunty Leila Harradine and the school's new plaque. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

DIMBOOLA Primary School students have paid respects to their Aboriginal heritage at a special ceremony on Monday.

Principal Greg Sampson said the school unveiled a new plaque as part of Harmony Day.

The plaque states that the school is proud to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, along with Elders, past and present.

“The entire Wimmera and Mallee region has a strong Indigenous connection,” Mr Sampson said.

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“Dimboola is known for its large Koori community and population.

“We felt that these families have an important role in our history.”

Mr Sampson said it was important for students to acknowledge their history, as well as different cultures.

The unveiling ceremony included speeches from parents and community Elders.

Parent Kerrie Clarke, who has a Koori background, spoke about the significance of the unveiling.

Elder Leila Harradine also spoke.

“All students were involved in the ceremony,” Mr Sampson said.

The ceremony was followed by a morning tea.

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