Scone Gram­mar School ed­u­ca­tion tour at Dun­dul­li­mal

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A FOR­TU­NATE group of Year 1 stu­dents from Scone Gram­mar School un­der­took a ‘Then and Now’ tour of Dun­dul­li­mal to un­der­stand and ex­pe­ri­ence life for chil­dren liv­ing in an iso­lated ru­ral lo­ca­tion in the 19th cen­tury and how lo­cal abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren lived, and the games they played prior to the ar­rival of Euro­pean set­tle­ment.

The in­dige­nous games com­po­nent was led by Coun­cil In­dige­nous Of­fi­cer Lionel Wood and his brother, Hay­den Wood, who is a school in­dige­nous Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer.

The games are drawn from around 100 games or ‘Yu­lunga’ re­searched from abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties all over the coun­try. While they are play­ful they also have a se­ri­ous in­tent to de­velop hunt­ing and sur­vival skills amongst abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren. Mod­ern sports equip­ment re­places some of the orig­i­nal ob­jects or hunt­ing tools to en­sure the games are safe. For ex­am­ple a dog thrower with a ten­nis ball is used in­stead of a woomera and spear to aim and hit a tar­get.

The whole Grade one class from Scone Gram­mar School and par­ents and teach­ers.

Stu­dents us­ing the dog throw­ers with ten­nis balls to rep­re­sent the woomera and spear in a game called Kul­turp or Woomera.

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