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Mascot Borobi pops in to visit Toowoomba school

THE 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games' mascot Borobi made a special visit to a Toowoomba school.

Harristown State School was the only Toowoomba school to be chosen as part of a regional tour to 40 schools in the state to promote the sporting event.

Excited to meet Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi are (from left) Brianna Riley, Sean Lindsay-Holley and Mitchell Rowbotham of Harristown State School.
Excited to meet Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi are (from left) Brianna Riley, Sean Lindsay-Holley and Mitchell Rowbotham of Harristown State School. Kevin Farmer

Principal Jonathan Druce said it was a great opportunity to have Borobi visit. Borobi means koala in the language of the Gold Coast's Yugambeg people.

As well as students learning the "Borobi boogie", its indigenous dance group did a special performance, complete with a smoking ceremony in honour of the big blue koala.

Darnell Blades (centre) performs with Harristown State School's indigenous dance group for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi.
Darnell Blades (centre) performs with Harristown State School's indigenous dance group for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi. Kevin Farmer

"We are very proud of our culture in the school," Mr Druce said.

"We have over 25 per cent of our students identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, so it is a big part of our culture and who we are.

The Queens's Baton Relay baton bearers Harristown State School captain Sean Lindsay-Holley and chaplain Joshua Willis with Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi.
The Queens's Baton Relay baton bearers Harristown State School captain Sean Lindsay-Holley and chaplain Joshua Willis with Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi. Kevin Farmer

"The kids have been so excited for the last couple of weeks.

"We have been talking it up and learning a little bit about Borobi and getting to know his name and why he is called that."

Harristown State School will also have two people involved in the Queen's Baton Relay - this year's school captain Sean Lindsay-Holley and chaplain Josh Willis.

Topics:  gold coast commonwealth games harristown state school toowoomba


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