Out of the classroom and into the bush

Mullewa students and teachers got out of the classroom and into the bush last week, learning traditional ecological knowledge from local Elders – Leedham Papertalk and family.

The excursions are part of NACC’s education project, which aims to build relationships between Traditional Owners and teachers to enable greater inclusion of Aboriginal history and culture in classrooms.

Ms Nicki Patterson, Mullewa DHS Principal said “Our students love going out bush.  It was amazing to see our kids enjoying the day – the smiles on their faces said it all.  This experience will remain with them for a while to come.”

Mullewa students examining a Malleefowl mound out bush.

All the teachers involved expressed how privileged they felt to be a part of this amazing bush excursion.

“Teachers have requested that we do this bush trip during a school development time, so that the staff who missed out on this occasion have the chance to experience it,” said Ms Patterson.

As a Yamaji person, Ms Patterson was pleased to hear that NACC was taking a role in conserving various sights and was happy to be involved in NACC’s education project.

“We received so much positive feedback from families and the community. Thank you to everyone who got involved,” said Ms Patterson.

A big thanks to the traditional owners Leedham Papertalk (and family) for sharing their knowledge and land, and to Chris Lewis from ABC Midwest, who captured the trip in this short video…

This project is presented by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and is supported by funding from the WA Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.

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