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RE-cycled: Indigenous culture with rapper Philly

RE staff at Marymede Catholic College  |  19 November 2015

RE staff at Marymede Catholic College have fast-tracked their course material into the 21st century and brought RE to life for their students. To enliven their unit on Indigenous culture, RE Year 5 and 10 students were shown award-winning Koorie rapper Philly (Phil Murray) performing Bob Marley’s ‘Three little birds’ on Triple J’s ‘Like a version’.  


The Year 5 students were so inspired by Philly's message, they emailed him and Philly decided to visit the college. He peformed and lead a workshop for the Year 5 and Year 10 Linkage Program.

Philly's message is one of tolerance and compassion. He reminds everyone Indigenous Australian culture is the oldest civilization on the planet and therefore we are all connected through this common history.

This is what two Year 5 students had to say after Philly's visit.

‘Cool how he put on a performance for us and told us about his life as a child. The music was great – he said he took inspiration from his own life and childhood.’ Adrian – Year 5 Student

‘I liked how he told us all about Aboriginal spirituality and how he put on a performance for us. It was a good opportunity because we have been learning about Aboriginal history and culture in class.’ Grace – Year 5 Student


View more pictures of Philly's visit on the Marymede Catholic College's facebook page here


Topic tags: australianidentity, religiousandculturaldiversity, indigenousaustralians

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