Cer­e­mony sig­ni­fies school’s roots

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d469321

Abo­rig­i­nal el­der Phillip Col­lard does a smok­ing cer­e­mony with help from kindy stu­dent Tom Martin and helper Ellen Har­vey.

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