Getting deadly

 Local Aboriginal elder Eric Bell was thrilled at the turn out for Deadly Day last week.

“I think it was brilliant seeing everybody there,” Mr Bell said.

Deadly Day is organised by local Aboriginal community members as a day for people from Aboriginal backgrounds to get together.

Last Monday, students from five different schools, with the help of Mr Bell, came together to celebrate being Aboriginal.

About 40 Aboriginal students celebrated the day.

The schools that participated were Yass High, Yass Public, Mt Carmel, Berinba and Boorowa Central School.

Though the day is only new and only celebrated in Yass, Mr Bell wants to celebrate Deadly Day twice a year, every year.

The day featured many dances, lots of socialising and a sausage sizzle.

The dances were about many Australian animals and how they move, walk and eat.

They were entertaining and the dancers had lots of fun.

After a couple of dances some parents, teachers and friends actually got up and danced.

The sausage sizzle was very successful with a number of people lining up for a good sausage or two.

The day was celebrated on Ngunnawal land but was open to all Aboriginal groups.

The main agenda of the day was to conduct a meeting about the student’s education.

The Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) worked with the people at the event on ways to further assist Aboriginal students.

A dance group which performed at Riverbank Park. Photo: Lawrence Mercieca

A dance group which performed at Riverbank Park. Photo: Lawrence Mercieca