Dragons join fun as kids paint brighter future

Hundreds of children were introduced to university yesterday and, luckily for them, it didn't involve a textbook or assessment task.

Instead, the day featured sport, games, workshops and even a visit from the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Hosted by the University of Wollongong's Faculty of Commerce, the fourth annual Koori Kids Fun Day was about connecting the indigenous community and the university, faculty dean Professor Trevor Spedding said.

"It's all about getting kids on to campus and breaking down the barriers, so they don't think of it as some great big ivory tower [or] something that's not accessible to them," Prof Spedding said.

"It's all about communication and building relationships with students at an early age."

About 150 children aged six to 12, including 70 indigenous students, took part in the event, with 25 schools across the region represented.

Alongside the games, children were able to create their own canvas masterpiece, working under the guidance of indigenous artists.

They also had the opportunity to mingle with the Dragons and grab an autograph.

"The Dragons are very supportive of the event. They play games with the children and sign their T-shirts and hats ... it's very exciting for them," Prof Spedding said.

Gabriella Cesare, 11, made the most of the last few days of her school holidays as she joined in the fun. The day was a great opportunity to play sport and have fun with friends, she said.

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