Swan song lures in school stu­dents

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hewson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483170

Ge­orge Wal­ley with Lake­lands Pri­mary School stu­dents at Black Swan Lake.

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