In term four, we continued to support and optimize the education and wellbeing of our Indigenous students. Depending on individual needs, some of our students continued to receive extra support from teachers, school officers and the Indigenous support teacher across different learning areas.
In addition to academic support, we continued to promote cultural engagement of our Indigenous cohort. The cultural focus for this term has been around Indigenous food. Students were given opportunities to identify bush tucker, sort modern and traditional Indigenous food and discuss how Indigenous people collect food using different tools.
To complement our program, in week 6 and 7, BCE Indigenous officers Gracey and Kelvin visited our school to cook with all the Indigenous children from Prep to Year 6. Children had lots of fun mixing flour with water and got their hands messy by making dampers and fried scones. What was more exciting was that lower year level students had a chance to learn to throw Boomerangs with Kelvin while waiting for dampers to cook. Children took this opportunity very seriously and took great pride in identifying with their indigenous heritage.
On week 8 we had our last session for this year. We kept exploring the “facts” of Boomerangs. First, children completed a few activities to understand the history and different types of Boomerangs. Then they were taken to the bottom oval to experiment if the Boomerang they were given could return. In the end students came back to the classroom to finish dot painting their boomerangs. The whole session involved lots of discussion and “doing”, which made it an enjoyable afternoon.
I would like to say a special thank you to Kelvin and Gracey for the help and teaching our students lots of Indigenous culture. I would also like to thank all the staff, students and parents for a wonderful year. I hope to see you all next year.