Reconciliation Update

I thought it would be timely to provide you with an overview of the many ongoing commitments and practices towards Reconciliation that are occurring throughout the school.

Our teaching staff has worked very intentionally to connect the learning programs to Indigenous language, culture and perspectives.  We want to ensure that these become very much an ongoing part our learning culture.

For example, in the Early Years classrooms, Noongar language has been incorporated into the daily rhythm.  With stories of local fauna such as booyi the long neck turtle and our familiar friend djity djity the willie-wagtail. Songs and traditional rhymes re-created in Noongar language ring out from the classrooms each day.

Through her ongoing participation with Madjitil Moorna choir, Kylie, has brought a range of Noongar language songs to school.  Songs that tell of the deep sense of connection to country felt by Aboriginal people to our Primary students.  Songs that also tell of the heartbreak of past injustices towards Aboriginal people, to the Senior classes groups.

Throughout the school our teachers have also invited expert providers of cultural experiences from a cross section of the local Noongar community.  These experiences connect with our HASS, Arts or Wildspace learning programs. Just to give you an indication of the scope across the school:

  • Language tutoring, bush tucker walks and visits to Nookenburra (Herdsman Lake) and Derbal Yerigan (Swan River) with Neville Collard;  (Year 1 through to College)
  • Madjitil Moorna choir visit; (Year 5/6 students & Middle School)
  • Discussion of 1905 Act, Stolen Generation, and 1967 referendum with Neville Collard;  (Middle School)
  • Lessons on the seasons, symbols and art techniques with Justin Martin; (Year 5/6 students)
  • Workshops on indigenous agriculture and setting up of a yam patch with Steve McCabb; (Middle School & College)
  • Visits to Galup and dance with James and Grace from Urban Indigenous (Year 1/2 students)
  • Performance and drama workshops with Yirra Yaakin Theatre group (coming up for Kindy to Middle School)

      

I would also like to share with you the link to an event that was passed on to me from some of our families:

“Bruce Pascoe’s book ‘Dark Emu Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident’ challenges many people’s understanding of pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal Peoples’ society, agriculture and governance.

Bruce will be joined by Nyoongar Cultural leaders from a range of backgrounds to discuss the findings of his book and it’s implications and relevance here in Nyoongar Country.

For tickets visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/agriculture-or-accident-a-panel-discussion-with-bruce-pascoe-and-nyoongar-cultural-leaders-tickets-34228836371

This book is a fascinating read so the discussion should be very informative.

 

Nicole Hunter

Pedagogista

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