Jindabyne students perform surprise flash mob

Pictured are Ngarigo elders Colleen and Stanley Dixon surrounded by JCS students at the flash mob

Pictured are Ngarigo elders Colleen and Stanley Dixon surrounded by JCS students at the flash mob

A FLASH mob has taken place at Jindabyne Central School (JCS) as part of National Reconciliation Week activities.

About 700 students, teachers, staff and indigenous leaders combined to perform a flash mob dance on Friday to commemorate this year's Reconciliation Week theme - Let's walk the talk.

Students had spent the past week learning the moves to the dance and were sworn to secrecy about their surprise performance.

The school had planned to carry out the flash mob at the Jindabyne Community Stage at the Claypits but with dark clouds threatening, a last-minute decision was made to switch the venue to the JCS grounds.

Prior to the flash mob, Ngarigo elders Colleen Dixon, also known as Ngerran or Spirit Moon, and Stanley Dixon, whose traditional name is Murrum, meaning fish, spoke to the entire JCS community about the importance of reconciliation and learning about indigenous culture.

"Reconciliation is about coming together and sharing," Ms Dixon said.

"When it comes to our children, it's always nice to share country, the land, everything we walk on - caring and sharing.

"It's all part of learning."

JCS principal Debbie-Lee Hughes told students reconciliation was about working in harmony.

"Reconciliation is about us building better relationships between the wider Australian people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build a better Australia," she said.

Ms Hughes said JCS had worked hard to ensure the school community recognised the importance of indigenous culture and history.

She asked students what they could do to make a difference.

"Think about in 2014 what steps you can take as an Australian to be part of reconciliation - righting the wrongs of history," Ms Hughes said.

The flash mob dance performed by JCS students and staff was choreographed especially for Reconciliation Week and was performed at hundreds of venues across the country.

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