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Wesley College Indigenous Program

November 23, 2015

The Moorditj Mob is Wesley College’s Indigenous Program. The program is an important part of the culture at the College and something the Wesley community has great pride in.

The program currently supports 45 students from across Western Australia. Moorditj is the Nyoongar word meaning great or excellent and fits well with what the College strives to achieve.

The program offers cultural education and develops pride and understanding in identity that complements a mainstream education. Nyoongar students celebrate this pride in dancing and enjoy performing and teaching primary school students about culture. Last year they performed over 40 dances to different groups.

They have met and performed for Sir Bob Geldof, danced in the National NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony and at the Western Australian Youth Awards ceremony at Crown Entertainment Complex.

The boys recently returned from the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education in Hawaii where they performed 5 times, including the opening and closing ceremony.

As part of the Moorditj Mob program at Wesley College students learn about culture and how culture is important to their identity today. Performance and the teaching of culture is an important element of the program and assists in creating pride and understanding of the various local Aboriginal cultures.

We are grateful to local schools and organisations who invite the students to perform as it gives them this opportunity to publicly identify with their culture and teach others.

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