Cel­e­bra­tion of a gar­den for all sea­sons

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Wa­roona Dis­trict High School has of­fi­cially opened its new Noon­gar Six Sea­sons Gar­den de­signed by stu­dents and staff.

Stu­dent ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Re­becca Sut­ton said about 300 peo­ple at­tended the open­ing on the grass-tiered Koort area (Noon­gar word for heart).

“The stu­dents, in con­junc­tion with staff and fan­tas­tic school gar­dener Lisa Fry, have worked re­ally hard to de­velop and build a gar­den which has re­ally lived up to and ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions,” Ms Sut­ton said.

“The gar­den con­tains a num­ber of plants from each of the six Noon­gar sea­sons and also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about each of the sea­sons.”

“A cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant piece is the Wag­gyl which is a snake-like dream­time crea­ture re­spon­si­ble for the cre­ation of the wa­ter­ways and land­forms of the South West of West­ern Aus­tralia.”

Ms Sut­ton also gave par­tic­u­lar praise to art teacher Sue O’Meara for work­ing with stu­dents on the look of the gar­den.

The open­ing in­cluded a smok­ing cer­e­mony and a Wel­come to Coun­try by Robert Jetta, pre­sen­ta­tions by stu­dents on the six sea­sons and the cre­ation of the gar­den and danc­ing by the Bin­jareb Mid­dars dance group.

Dur­ing the day, pri­mary classes were in­volved in sev­eral NAIDOC-in­spired ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween re­cess and lunch.

The Bind­jareb Mid­dars group dance at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Six Sea­sons Gar­den.

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