Celebration of a garden for all seasons
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.