Bankstown Public School Celebrates Reconciliation
Tuesday 4 June 2013 2:31 PM
This week is National Reconciliation Week with the Bulldogs and Cowboys doing battle for the annual Reconciliation Cup this Saturday.
To mark the symbolic week NYC Captain Moses Mbye and team mate Jaelen Feeney joined local Aboriginal artist Daren Dunn at Bankstown Public School on Monday, June 3 as part of the “Get Black on Ya Feet” program.
The program which is very close to Daren and the player’s hearts’ engages local students in creating pieces of artwork.
The overall aim of the program is to increase student’s attendance at school and increase their personal pride in their Aboriginal culture.
The workshop saw the group work side by side to create an exceptional one-off piece of artwork piece to display loud and proud at their school, which features their hand prints combined with traditional dot painting.
“It is not just about just being Aboriginal it is about all cultures coming together as one,” said Daren.
Daren’s association with the Bulldogs came about through the NRL’s Learn Earn Legend School to Work (S2W) Program which was developed to create pathways to successful careers for Aboriginal students in years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney.
Now in its second year the program aims to support students to complete their senior schooling and move into further study, training, or meaningful employment.
The Cowboys will be hosting the traditional clash for the Reconciliation Cup which the Bulldogs currently hold. A Welcome to Country will commence the evening’s activities with the trophy presentation to conclude.
The Reconciliation Cup is contested annually by the Bulldogs and Cowboys, after being struck in 2007 to mark 40 years since the 1967 Referendum (May 27), when Australians voted to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Indigenous Australians and to recognise the High Court Mabo decision (June 3, 1992).
To learn more about the “Get Black on Ya Feet” program and to see some of Daren Dunn’s amazing creations go to: