Mildura Weekly : Friday August 14 Vol 9 No 40
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU PUPILS from Red Cliffs Kindergarten embraced Australia’s indigenous culture last week as part of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. The day is a chance for people to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the impact that community, culture and family play have in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chil- dren. Red Cliffs Kindergar- ten pupils were treated to a diverse range of ac- tivities as part of the day, including hand-painting, making traditional in- digenous necklaces and bracelets, painting boo- merangs and making Johnny Cakes. There was also a tradi- tional Aboriginal smok- ing ceremony to mark the occasion. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day was first held in 1988 and has been celebrated annually ever since. The theme for this year’s ‘Children’s Day’ was ‘little people, big futures’. • TRADITIONAL: Red Cliffs Kindergarten pupils received a comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal culture last week, including a smoking ceremony, the art of traditional fire-lighting and didgeridoo playing, demonstrated here by traditional knowledge teacher, Uncle Will Hannah. Children embrace Aboriginal culture Mildura hosts small business experts A SEMINAR for small business owners will be held next Monday, August 17, facilitat- ing participants’ access to relevant, reliable and affordable information. The ‘Crisis Planning for Business work- shop,’ which will be held at the Mildura Development Corporation office (The Setts Business Centre, 110 Eighth Street) from 9.30am, is being offered as part of the 2015 Small Business Festival Victoria, with the festival now in its 10th year. This year’s program is being billed as the “biggest and best yet,” and will offer more than 350 business events, workshops and networking sessions across the State. More information is available online at business.vic.gov.au/workshops. Applications open for MRCC grants APPLICATIONS are now open for five Mil- dura Rural City Council grant pools, with Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne inviting local community groups, clubs and not-for-profit organisations to make the most of the op- portunity. Applications will close on September 14, with grants available in the current round for an Environmental Project Grant; a Recreation Facilities Upgrade Grant; Rec- reation Development Grant, Community Project Grant, and Events and Festivals Grant funding. Applications must be submitted online via Council’s website, and staff are available to help with the process. “Each grant focuses on a different aspect of our community, and have slightly differ- ent criteria,” Cr Milne said. “We encourage groups to read the application guidelines carefully and speak to a Council staff mem- ber before starting their application.” More information is available online at www.mildura.vic.gov.au/grants, or by con- tacting 5018 8100. Musical Futures Champion School Chaffey Secondary College Deakin Avenue, Mildura | P: (03) 5023 0538 www.chaffeysec.com Chaffey Secondary College has recently become a Champion school for the Musical Futures Program. This opportunity is a privilege afforded only to some regional schools. For our students this means that music as a classroom activity is hands-on and builds on students existing passion for music. It focuses on students building foundational skills in music including playing instruments, such as: guitar, keyboard, drums, bass and singing. The program extends to include song writing and improvisation. The Musical Futures Program began 10 years ago in the UK. Our music teacher, Mr Luke Peak has recently been invited along with 11 other champion school teachers from across Victoria to visit the UK Musical Futures schools from Manchester through to London. Students who are part of the Chaffey Musical Futures and Performance Arts program recently put on a 90’s Night showcase that highlighted the musical talents and skills of our performing arts students. Students performed confidently on stage in front of a crowd full of family, friends and staff. We are now looking forward to our up- coming performances at The Beat and Chaffey’s Pride.
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