Djilba – The Transitional Season
The rains are becoming less frequent and the weather is starting to warm up. Noongar people would be slowly moving away from the hills and towards the waterways, where ‘booyi’ (tortoises), waterbirds, ‘nooruck’ (eggs), berries and root vegetables are the main sources of food.
As part of our continued priority to increase our knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, the students in Banksia 1, 2 and 3 went on a special excursion to King’s Park yesterday. The Noongar Boodja Djilba event focused on educating students about Moort (family) and traditional life through the roles of Yorga (women), Maarm (men) and Kulunga (children), including bush medicine and cultural dance workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters.
The weather was beautiful. We had a great time
- learning about local flora and creating a sensory bag using plants and essential oils
- tuning into nature and revising the different language groups within the Noongar Nation
- listening to the didgeridoo and stories about the weitj (emu), and participating in a ‘scary dance’
- going on a scavenger hunt to find information around the park about the importance of nature to the Noongar culture
- having a play in the Naturescape area, including some bush cooking/water play and climbing up the treetop snake bridge
What a busy day. Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers Jamee, Melanie and Mrs Brooks for coming along to help us!