Jigalong, Parnngurr and Punmu were the lucky communities to receive visits as part of Ngurra Kujungka school holiday program during the October school holidays.
Week one saw Ngurra Kujungka’s assistant, Charley Gregorio, kicking off activities in Jigalong. Morning sport sessions on the basketball courts with up to 30 children from the Jigalong community and some visiting students from rustic pathways were kept busy playing basketball & football, and getting to know each other. A healthy snack of sliced fruit & water concluded each sessions before the team from Fair Game took over.
With a focus on cleaning and hygiene promotion Fair Game engaged the kids through fun and interactive games including art creations, dodge ball, wedge tail eagle & piggy in the middle. A healthy lunch consisting of cold meat & salad wraps prepared by the kids, enabled the Fair Game crew to further promote nutrition and the importance of healthy eating and hygiene.
With temperatures rising, a popular decision was made to spend the afternoon sessions with Charley playing games at the pool. Swimming races, diving contests and general tom foolery had all the kids laughing, high fiving and enjoying Ngurra Kujungka’s presence in Jigalong. The day concluded with another healthy snack of sliced fruit & water to everyone’s delight.
Desert Feet Tours were in Jigalong to support the Ngurra Kujungka School Holiday Program on their way to Wangkatjungka. Desert Feet and their amazing crew had children engaging in music lessons, song creation and concerts every night. Jigalong were also the beneficiaries of some donated music equipment that Desert Feet have been sourcing over the past few months.
Many thanks must go to Fair Game, Desert Feet, their volunteers and Samantha Dalton from Jigalong Community School for their help in Jigalong.
Parnngurr was the next stop for a busy first week of school holidays and with the assistance of Ngurra Kujungka Recreation Officers Darlene Richards and Alwyn Booth, Ngurra Kujungka was able to run a basketball session on Thursday morning.
A healthy snack was distributed before lunch where Ngurra Kujungka Officers ran a clean hands and feet session. Following this session the children prepared their own healthy focusing on the importance of healthy eating and hygiene.
After lunch the children enjoyed an afternoon sports session including football and basketball games, before finishing off at about 5pm with another healthy snack.
Football, Fruit and Fun in Punmu!!!
Ngurra Kujungka Indigenous Sports Development Officer Callan Hatchman travelled to Punmu for the second week of school holidays. With plenty of kids in town they eagerly awaited Callan’s arrival to relive the boredom of a hot community spring. Day one and all the boys wanted was a game of football so after a quick unpack Callan led the troops to the oval for an invigorating game that ended with only one goal between the two teams.
On day two Ngurra Kujungka’s cooking program kicked off with a focus on nutrition and involvement in meal preparation by the kid’s, brekkie consisting of eggs on toast with a healthy meat and salad wrap for lunch. Fruit was provided throughout the week with oranges going down a treat. This component of Ngurra Kujungka’s holiday activities is invaluable to communities who sometimes lack fresh fruit and veg. It also provides children with the skills to prepare their own meals and understand the importance of eating healthy foods.
Across the next two days art workshops were conducted with some fantastic designs created as well as a mysterious painted door handle on Callan’s car that no one wanted to claim. Prizes were handed out during sport activities with nearly every kid in Punmu now having a Bali bangle adorning their wrist. Friday night ended the week with a disco for the kids to show off their dancing skills and burn off what leftover energy that had.
Ngurra Kujungka is supported in its programs by our major sponsors Newcrest Mining and additionally through funding provided by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Healthway, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Medibank. A big thanks is extended to Fair Game and Desert Feet Tours for assisting Ngurra Kujungka in its holiday activities, . The ongoing support and welcome received by Jigalong, Parnngurr and Punmu Communities is also greatly appreciated.
Ngurra Kujungka will be continuing its school based activities in term four before kicking off another round of school holiday programming in January 2017.