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St Patrick’s Year 9
students cooked up some
Jamaican jerk chicken
last week in an effort to
Cohesion program is
being rolled out by the
Foundation for Regional
and Rural Renewal (FRRR)
and ABC Heywire Youth
Innovation Grants in an
attempt to break down
racism. Food is universal
and by coming together
to cook and celebrate
the food from different
cultures, the Cooking for
Cohesion program looks to
bring people together.
from not being exposed,”
Regional Council Youth
Development Officer Mel
“In a small community like Cooma, we don’t get to see
as big a variety of people and cultures that others in cities
might. When you are not exposed to something, it is hard to
understand it. Through sharing food and coming together to
cook, the students will be able to ask questions and get to
know different cultures. It’s all about breaking down barriers.”
Omar Brown from Jamaica came to St Patrick’s School
on Thursday April 6 to show the students how to cook his
delicious jerk chicken.
Omar runs a food van in the area and has become
passionate about living in Cooma and the Snowy Monaro
“I am really big on community building, which is why I was
happy to accept the offer to show the kids how to cook my
chicken,” says Omar.
“I want to create a better environment for all of us to live in.
A small community is better and if we build on the activities
and bringing each other together, it becomes a happier
community. When it comes to promoting multiculturalism, I
also want to be a part of that because I think we need to do a
lot more to create better understanding.”
“I am happy to be introducing something new to the kids
and tell them about another culture. I am happy to answer any
questions they have about Jamaica - it is my home.”
There are two more Cooking for Cohesion workshops
planned for the second school term, exploring even more
cultures in the community.
Students combat racism by Cooking for Cohesion
Year 9 St Patrick’s students making a salad for the Cooking for Cohesion program.
Omar Brown seasoning his jerk chicken.
Omar Brown fires up the barbecue.
Omar was happy to share his culture.
The Cooking for Cohesion workshop aims to break down barriers and combat racism.
Mature Mob enjoys autumn outing to Tidbinbilla
Perfect autumn weather unfolded on Thursday 6 April, for
Mature Mob’s coach trip to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Ainslie
Church of Christ folk hosted Morning Tea on arrival at a lovely
large picnic ground in the Reserve.
Two ACT Park Rangers, Tom and Travis, divided the large
group and each led an informative and very interesting
Talk and Walk into both the Sanctuary and the Koala Path.
Everyone benefitted from both sessions.
The Sanctuary offered fabulous opportunities to experience
a wetlands ecosystem, surrounded by bushland and
protected by a predator-proof fence. Mobbers searched for
platypus from the boardwalks and observed the resident and
migratory bird life. Then it was “looking up” at the cute and
fascinating koalas in their eucalypt tree.
Aboriginal Ranger Travis also explained the background
to the name Tidbinbilla, the name having derived from the
Ngunnawal word ‘Jedbinbilla’ - a place where boys were
made men. He spoke of Aboriginal culture and showed
various implements - boomerangs, spear throwers, digging
sticks, bark cradles etc.
Meanwhile, back at the Reserve large picnic ground, the
Ainslie hosts were busy preparing a barbecue lunch and a hot
The Mob travelled on to GeoScience Australia for a
guided tour and to experience different and educational
information about Australia’s natural geology and mineralogy
and the objectives of the facility – tsunami alerts, earthquake
monitoring and a very comprehensive library.
A Mobber’s Day, as always, is full of Fun, Fellowship and
The next Mature Mob outing is Thursday 1 June
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre & ???, Eden
Contact Heather – Bookings open 1 May on 6452 1544/
Parish Office, St Paul’s
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