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INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 3, 2008 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Students on hand to celebrate the culture of the nation LAUREN MURADA Myra Holani, of Year 5, helps plant the sea of hands. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP160971 CHILDREN learnt how to throw boomerangs, make Aboriginal art and perform native dances as part of Ashfield Primary School's NAIDOC Week celebrations last Thursday. All 230 students were involved in the festivities and wore mufti in red, black and yellow. Living in harmony co-ordinator Joan Drummond organised the day and said the celebrations were important so children could understand the nation's history. ''Australian-born children need to know about the culture that has been here for thousands of years and children who are new to the country need to know about the history of Australia,'' she said. The day kicked off with an assembly featuring guest speakers, dance and choir performances. Children participated in activities for the rest of the morning which included art and craft, story telling, boomerang throwing and dancing. The school's Wangal garden was built a year ago to remember the Wangal people who used to live on the land, and was the site for the sea of hands activity. Principal Robyn Hutchinson said Ashfield Primary liked to celebrate all cultures -- there are 40 different nationalities in the school. ''We're a small school but very diverse and we like to celebrate all the cultures,'' she said. The school also celebrates Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week as part of its living in harmony program. ''The aim of the program is to promote self worth, support and being proud of your background,'' Ms Hutchinson said. NAIDOC Week is officially held from July 6-13. See Stepping Out for more events. Mayor's independent stand XAVIER TOBY STRATHFIELD Mayor Paul Barron has declared he will run as an independent at the council elections in September, despite being a member of the Labor Party. He said he had the support of Labor, but Strathfield State MP Virginia Judge did not want him on Labor's council ticket. Cr Barron said that after he was elected in 2004, Ms Judge asked the Labor councillors to take council papers to her so she could instruct them on how to vote at council meetings. He said Cr Keith Kwon was one councillor to do so. Ms Judge said since she had become a member of the State Parliament she had had nothing to do with local government. A spokesman from her office said her parliamentary duties, particularly as parliamentary sec- retary, kept her busy. Cr Barron said Cr Kwon would be number one or two on the ALP ticket at the council elections in September. During Ms Judge's previous election campaign, Cr Kwon do- nated $17,928 to the Friends of Virginia Judge. 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