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Tibetan monks share their wisdom

THE Gyuto Monks of Tibet paid a special visit to Risdon Vale Primary School recently to share the importance of embracing change and accepting diverse cultures.

Together with their translator and Australian helpers, the monks provided a full day of activities including the creation of a sand mandala, the making of arts, crafts and friendship bracelets and a friendly game of basketball and soccer.

Risdon Vale Primary School principal Libby Robinson said the visit gave the school community the chance to make new friends.

“It also helped broaden our horizons about people, places, cultures and what it means to have compassion,” she said.

“We experienced the magnificent ritual chants of the monks and, in small groups, got to know them a lot better with the sharing of crafts in the creation of yaks and other cultural artefacts.

“The day ended with a spectacular ceremony to sweep away the sand mandala, which was aimed at reminding us that life is about change and to use our efforts to look after ourselves and each other.

“The monks left a very lasting and positive impression on us all.”

Risdon Vale Primary School grade five student Connor Hansson said he “really enjoyed” listening to the interpreter translate for the monks, as well as the chanting.

“We played a game of basketball with one of the monks at lunchtime and he was very good,” he said.

Risdon Vale Primary School will be hosting its annual school fair on Friday 5 August from 4-7pm.

The event will feature the Gee Whizzer, alongside other rides, classroom stalls selling a wide variety of goods and treats, a barbecue, the schools 24 Carrot Garden (sponsored by Mona) selling produce and goods, and a fireworks display to end the evening.

There will also be raffles, a chocolate wheel and demonstrations and exhibits from various organisations.

Funds raised at the event will go toward providing learning equipment and resources, as well as aiding in the upkeep of the school.