Mission Australia reaches out to community

Kindergarten students from Narrandera Public School entertaining the bystanders with a dance.

As a part of Child Protection Week, the Narrandera office of Mission Australia put together a service providers information day, held in East Street last Thursday.

With each department and service providing their own stall, the day involved a sausage sizzle, friendly help and performances from students from Narrandera Public School.

Leslie Houston (nee Briggs), the Family Case Management Co-ordinator for Narrandera-Leeton, was the main orchestrator of the day, and said she was glad the day was a success.

“We do it every year as part of building a strong community,” Ms Houston said.

“I’m just glad all the service providers managed to come out. It’s about the community, and families finding out what’s available, so it’s that positive promotion of information.

“It’s been brilliant today, we’ve had people here since 11am. The barbecue is finished because everything’s been eaten. Having days like this and inviting everyone along are really good, not just for the community, but so we can grow our children strong,” Ms Houston said.

Principal of Narrandera Public School Sue Ruffles also attended the day with her pupils. The students opened the event with an Indigenous dance.

“It’s Child Protection Week and Mission Australia have taken the lead on this, which has been great,” Ms Ruffles said.

“The theme is ‘It takes a community to raise children’. So this is the inter-agency approach – it’s wonderful, isn’t it?”

Students from NPS performed during the day.

“We’ve got our drum group, it’s bringing together child wellbeing options with creative arts. They love it, so it’s across the school. Kinders came to do an Aboriginal dance and we had a singing group as well.”

The students, led by teacher Isaac Henderson, sung “Inanay”, a traditional Yorta Yorta song made famous by the band Tiddas.

Kindergarten students came along and danced along to the twist.

“We’re just celebrating with the community, connecting with the community and the kids,” Ms Ruffles said.

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