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Flying high at New Town Primary School

THE students at New Town Primary School are flying high with the addition of a brand-new Aboriginal flag.

Local Member for Denison Elise Archer visited the school recently to hand over the new addition.

New Town Primary School year six students Sophie Strong, Evie Csendes, Megan Praghan and Monica Elmudir were on hand to receive and raise the new flag, where it proudly flew alongside the school’s Australian flag.

“I think the Aboriginal flag is important because it represents the Aboriginal’s culture, which is important,” Sophie said.

Monica said she thought it was important because this was Aboriginal land.

“We are all very pleased that Elise was able to give us a new Aboriginal flag as our old one was getting really old and tatty, so it’s going to be good to have this new one flying on our flagpole,” she said.

Ms Archer said she was more than happy to help out when contacted by schools and community groups for new Australian, Tasmanian or Aboriginal flags.

“I’m always visiting schools in my electorate for various events and it makes me proud to walk through the school gates and see the Australian, Tasmanian and Aboriginal flags flying high,” she said.

“I believe flying flags at school helps students to identify with their nation and state.”

The Australian Aboriginal flag is one of the official flags of Australia and is often flown together with the national flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.

The symbolic meaning of the Aboriginal flag colours is black to represent the Aboriginal people of Australia, the yellow circle to represent the sun and red to represent the red earth.

If your school or community group needs a new flag, please contact local Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer on 6212 2210 or email elise.archer@dpac.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Local Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with New Town Primary School grade six students Monica Elmudir, Evie Csendes, Megan Pradhan and Sophie Strong.

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