Indigenous performer Matthew Doyle visits Year 2

In March, Year 2 was fortunate to have one of Australia’s leading performers, Matthew Doyle, present a varied cultural program spanning traditional Aboriginal culture and contemporary dance.

Matthew Doyle is a descendent of the Muruwari people from the Lightning Ridge area of New South Wales and he grew up in Southern Sydney on Dharawal land. He has toured extensively both in Australia and overseas and much to the girls’ delight, he told them he has even performed on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as on top of the Opera House!

A skilful didgeridoo player, Matthew’s program also included original and traditional music as well as dance. The girls were able to recognise the sounds of familiar animals through his playing of the didgeridoo and joined in with song and movement to mime fishing from canoes. A range of musical instruments was used during the performance and the students were able to gain an insight into a culture that is tens of thousands of years old.

The incursion gave the girls some understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ connections to Country as part of the Geography unit this term, People and Places.

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