About Us – Goondoi Project
Here at Radiant Life College we have a deep appreciation for our country’s Indigenous history. Our Goondoi Project aims to provide education and insight into this rich history for our students of all backgrounds.
Each week, classes from prep to grade seven are treated to a story and a lesson teaching the history and language of the local Indigenous Mamu people. A Mamu Elder representative is present at every session to generously share their knowledge and skills with our students.
With a large majority of our students coming from Indigenous heritage, we hope the project will strengthen their cultural pride and identity through a greater understanding of their background. For students who do not identify as Indigenous, the project aims to give them greater awareness of the world’s oldest living culture. All students are taught respect and responsibility for elders and their culture.
Radiant Life College is proud to promote Indigenous Australian heritage with the help of our knowledgeable team.
Manni Edwards – Traditional Mamu Descendant, cultural educator in Language and Arts
Daniel Appo Purcell – Traditional Mamu Ranger
Sheldon Purcell – Song and Story Lines from the Dugulbarra Area
Tracey Dickman – Traditional Mamu Song Line, Dance and Language Mother
Understanding Our Local Culture
Cultural education plays an important role within our school and community. It’s so important for our students to learn about the rich culture and history of Indigenous groups local to our area and throughout the country.
Australia’s Aboriginal history is a story over 50,000 years in the making, but one that has generally been excluded from Australia’s school education system. Our cultural curriculum provides significant opportunities for our students to improve their understanding of Aboriginal history and through this understand the legacys of the past. The benefits for true reconciliation through teaching future generations about the past 50,000 years are enormous. The history many of us carry into our adult lives is that which we are taught at school.
A great way to get our students better educated in the culture of our local people is to get them actively involved. The pictures on this page are members of our Goondoi Dance Group. The Goondoi dance group is open to all students and teaches students the traditional dances and songs of the local Mamu people.
Our Dancers perform at school events along with performances at local community and national events. Our dancers are proud to share the history of their ancestors and perform with a level of passion and commitment that would make them proud.