Alexandria Park High School, NSW
Red Room Education , 2016
Alexandria Park Community School is both a primary school for students in Kindergarten to year 6 and a high school for students in years 7 to 12. The middle school practices for years 5 – 7 is organised to ensure best educational and well-being support for children aged from 11 – 13 years with a focus on a supported transition for Year 7 to high school.
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Building upon their work at Alexandria Community School, Lorna Munro and Eric Avery will take their Aboriginal language project, Yala Gari (“speak the truth”) to their senior counterparts. Over the course of one day, Lorna and Eric will work with year 8 students to develop unique poetry that respond to their local surrounds using Aboriginal languages.
Eric is from the Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung people of NSW. Eric’s practice as an Indigenous Interdisciplinary Artist is based in his Dance and Music.
Eric has an ancestry of strong, resilient creative people. Believing in the strength of his people’s art Eric aims to revitalise aboriginal language in his practice. To speak his ancestors tongue is what Eric describes as being a transformative experience – to hear the different intonations is an inspiration musically and to engage with his language is a continuance of culture. To share this is Eric’s goal.