City kids head out bush
Friday, 24th June, 2011
A new cultural exchange between a Sydney school and the Menindee school has been an eye-opening experience for all involved.
The exchange had students from the North Sydney school, Linfield East Public, go to Menindee at the start of the week.
The 14 students enjoyed a walking tour of Menindee, visited the lakes, ate freshly-cooked kangaroo and made Johnny cakes.
The students, aged between 8 and 12 years old put on a performance for the Menindee students who then returned the favour with a dramatic performance of the life of a stolen generation elder.
Last year Menindee Central School students went to Sydney.
The principal of Linfield, Andrew Stevenson, said his students visited Broken Hill yesterday, went to Silverton for lunch and were thinking about visiting the sculptures.
Mr Stevenson said the partnership between the schools was unique due to the different cultures and backgrounds.
"The partnership is about developing and accepting difference," he said.
"There are 740 students (at Linfield) and over 50 different nationalities."
Mr Stevenson said they really enjoyed their trip.
"The children have been 'blogging' back to school about how they have loved it.
"This is a unique opportunity for them."
Mr Stevenson said that for all but one student, this was their first visit to Broken Hill and Menindee.