Published on: 3 September 2020

Last week the Year 2 boys took an excursion to King’s Park to learn about the history and culture of the Noongar people.

Ricki Walley from Kings Park Education lead the excursion which was based on the book, Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot. The book – written by Alton Walley – is about Chunyart, a young Noongar boy, and his friend a cheeky Twenty-eight parrot, who go on a journey through Wadjuk Country.

Through this story, the boys learnt about how plants and animals provided food, tools, shelter and medicine for Noongar people, and how they took care of the land (boodja).

Mr Walley also guided the boys through a series of hands-on activities including: traditional first aid, hunting games and the use of symbols to share a story of family and place.

Speaking on the success of the excursion Year 2 teacher Letitia Simon said “It was very age appropriate and it complemented our current Geography program perfectly. Ricki was most impressed at how knowledgeable the boys were in regards to Nyoongar culture.”