Walk on Country

On Tuesday 9th April, the indigenous students from St Clare’s & St Charles, with family, ventured to La Perouse for ‘A Walk on Country’ excursion with Kadoo Tours. The students participated in a guided tour through the native bush and coastline of La Perouse (Guriwal) with indigenous guide, Tim Ella and local historian & author, Grant Hyde of ‘This is Kamay Botany Bay National Park’.

 Students, parents & teachers all taste tested bush tucker straight from the bush and enjoyed wattle seed pancakes with native jam for morning tea! They all then set out to enjoy a truly authentic Aboriginal cultural tour of La Perouse. Tim Ella told wonderful stories about his culture, his people and his Dreaming of this land. The tour started with a traditional ochre ceremony and a ‘Welcome to the Country. Tim then talked about how the Aboriginal people hunted, fished & gathered throughout the area. The students learnt about the totem of Sydney, Guriwal (whale), the native birds, animals & sea life that populate the local waterways. It was a wonderful to experience such a beautiful part of the world situated right on our own doorstep.

This excursion was the first stage of a much bigger project where our Year 12 indigenous leaders are working to create our very own Acknowledgement of Country message. The students captured some wonderful images and footage which will be used in the message. This will be their legacy to the College and we look forward to the launch of the message during NAIDOC Week later in the year.

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