Wominjeka to the Junior School!
At Wesley College, our priority is to embed visible, ongoing and sustainable practices that emphasise respect, relationships and the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, stories, knowledges and cultural practices. This begins in Junior School, where we provide intentional teaching and learning experiences for our educators, children and the community to develop our Indigenous knowledge and understanding, and strengthen our connection with the oldest culture on the planet.
At Wesley, our priority is to embed visible, ongoing and sustainable practices in the classroom, school and wider community to reinforce respect, relationships and the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, stories, knowledges and cultural practices.
Recently, our youngest learners welcomed Indigenous man Jaeden William to the ECLC to speak about Acknowledgement of Country and Acknowledgement of Spirit. Jaeden told the story of Bunjil, the creator of the Kulin People and encouraged the children to connect with the land upon which they play. Here’s what our students had to say about their experiences:
'I liked touching the possum skin.' - Archie
'I loved hugging the tree.' - Charlotte
Year 4 students also participated in an immersive incursion, exploring the importance of art in an Indigenous storytelling workshop. Students and staff were invited to design their own story boomerang and clap sticks. Here’s what one of our students said about the workshop:
'I think it was great fun and a valuable learning experience. The symbols are so important to help tell a story or share special messages. I learnt that the different symbols have different meanings and that the fire symbol was the most important. This is because it was so important for everything they did, like it gives warmth, allows them to cook and gives them light.’ - Daniel Cook
Nathan Basaraba, Assistant Head of Junior School