Ceremony signifies school’s roots
COTTESLOE Primary School held a tree planting ceremony on Friday to commemorate the school’s 120-year history and celebrate the future.
Former students and principals attended, as well as Town of Cottesloe councillors and local community organisations.
Noongar elder Phillip Collard burned grass trees to start the ceremony and invited students to throw leaves into it to celebrate their place in the school community.
“This burning tells the good spirits to come in here and look after this place,” Mr Collard said.
“The grass tree has more than 100 uses to us Noongar people.”
Nine trees were planted after the tree burning as part of the 120th Year ‘Avenue of Trees’.
“One tree will be planted by each year level and one symbolically by the community,” principal Graham Dart said.
“It is hoped that these trees will grow and flourish, adding to the environment and be a reminder to our students and their children and their children’s children the contribution of our school to the community.”
Aboriginal elder Phillip Collard does a smoking ceremony with help from kindy student Tom Martin and helper Ellen Harvey.