Published on: 1 June 2016

Aboriginal culture is part of the Year 3 Humanities and Social Sciences program this term. Each Friday at the start of Chapel, the boys acknowledge the Wadjuk Nyoongar people and pay their respects to them. 

The land Christ Church occupies is a very significant area for the Wadjuk people. More than 40 000 years ago, they used the Swan River as a source of food, ceremony and a place for social gatherings, much like we do today. Thousands of years on, the history of the land continues. 

With this in mind and to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, the boys prepared a Wadjuk Nyoongar Dreamtime story to perform at their Prep School Assembly. They created swan, crow and eagle masks and performed dance moves to John Lyell’s Yothu Yindi.

“A great deal of enthusiasm was injected into their practices and on the day they performed admirably. A great deal of fun was had by all,” said Year 3 Teacher, Sally Lee. 

To find out more about National Reconciliation Week, visit the Reconciliation Australia website here.