Swan song lures in school students
LAKELANDS Black Swan Lake proved a giant outdoor classroom for Lakelands Primary School Year 5 students last Thursday.
About 32 students took part in an interpretive walk to learn about the area’s rich Indigenous cultural heritage and environment.
“The walks program fits right in with the humanities and social sciences curriculum in teaching students about the diversity and longevity of the First Peoples, pre-contact,” Lakelands Primary School principal Marnie Hamilton said.
“The fact that this cultural heritage is so richly represented right here in their local area will make it so much more meaningful.”
The Year 5 group and their teacher Emily Palmer walked from school to the site accompanied by parent helpers.
They made a one-hour journey around the lake guided by former primary school teacher and now Indigenous tour operator George Walley, of Mandjoogoordap Dreaming.
Mr Walley teaches school groups about bush medicine, bush craft and the region’s Dreamtime stories at identified heritage sites around Mandurah.
“We also see this event as being important in acknowledging Aboriginal students and local Aboriginal families for the cultural inheritance and values they provide to Lakelands,” Mrs Hamilton said.
A barbecue sausage sizzle lunch was provided for children, parents and staff who participated, and Mr Walley gave a didgeridoo and guitar performance.
George Walley with Lakelands Primary School students at Black Swan Lake.