Indigenous Studies

This year, students in Year 5/6 have engaged in Indigenous Studies as part of the History Curriculum. Indigenous Studies allows these students to develop knowledge, sensitivity and understandings of Aboriginal cultural practices and beliefs, with particular emphasis on local Dja Dja Wurrung heritage, Country and culture. An Acknowledgment of Country is recited weekly.  

Students have explored different hands-on experiences such as a local excursion to find bush tucker, bush medicine, tools, weapons and participated in a traditional Smoking Ceremony conducted by Dja Dja Wurrung Elders Aunty Kerri Douglas ( Dja Dja Wurrung and Bangerang Traditional Custodian.  Kerri is a descendant of Caroline Malcolm, one of only 18 Apical Dja Dja Wurrung ancestors.  Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung are both recognised Traditional Custodians of City of Greater Bendigo) and Uncle Simon Penrose (a proud Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri, Gundjitmara man). Students have created paintings, drawings, poetry and technology projects to reflect their awareness of indigenous values, kinship, land rights, art, music, song lyrics and knowledge of influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.