The Worimi region is situated between the Biripi nation to the north and Awabakal nation to the south. The exact boundaries are often debated and have over time become quite blurred especially as to the northern border shared with Biripi. In some resources, north of Forster (Tuncurry, Blackhead and Nabiac) are included in Biripi country. They are often included in Worimi also, especially since these areas are also part of what we refer to as the Great Lakes. Biripi and Worimi nations both speak dialects of Gatthang highlighting the closeness of these two nations both now and in the past.
Students participated in Koori Maths Day, where they met Elder Uncle Max who showed them the original meeting place of the ancestors and told stories of the past while they walked to the middens at Handkerchief Beach. He also taught the boys spear making while the girls met with Cathy Thomas who taught them how to weave local plants and shells where they also learned about the Womb Cave at Mystery Bay. Students also were shown the Bush Tucker garden at the school, bush soap making, fire making and boomerang throwing.
Our NAIDOC celebrations on Friday the 7th of August were a great success! It was wonderful to see all the students celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and traditions. This year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground; Learn, Respect and Celebrate’, was the basis of our celebrations at King Street.
On the 27th of November, Singleton Junior AECG members attended Walk a Mile Koori Style at King Edward Park in Newcastle. The walk is to raise awareness about domestic violence towards women. The boys were asked to walk a mile and then to take the White Ribbon pledge to never commit or stand by while domestic violence is being committed.
Aboriginal students from Narooma High School build a Garidja from the bark of a tree. When collecting bark from the bush, it is important that the tree is preserved, so the bark must be removed in a particular way. Once all of the bark is removed in one piece, first, the stringy sections of the bark are removed by an axe, then the ends are heated to make them flexible. The canoe is finally tested on the waters of the Wagonga inlet.
Over the past 12 months students from the support unit and mainstream classes have been working on developing timber screens and artwork which run alongside Auckland Street. We have engaged community members and local organisations to help fund this program and provide mentoring to indigenous and non-indigenous students.
The Aboriginal flag is an official flag of Australia and was recognised under Federal legislation in July 1995. Designed by Aboriginal Elder Harold Thomas in 1971, this flag symbolises Aboriginal identity. Mr Thomas has been recognised as the designer of the Aboriginal flag. The Flag has strong symbolic meaning for Aboriginal Australians.
Students and staff attended a traditional burial ceremony held in Tathra to commemorate the burial of two Aboriginal people. In 1968 the bodies were discovered when excavation took place on the present site of the Tathra Memorial Gardens area. The bodies discovered were estimated by Sydney University to be 800 years or more old. The Burial Ceremony was attended by many Tathra community members and is another of the many sacred sites located in the Tathra region.
Hi I’m Kelsey Attwood and I’m 13 years old. I was born in Sydney but my tribe is called Jirinja from NSW south coast. I live with my Mum, dad and 2 little sisters and I go to Moss Vale High School. Before I came to Moss Vale High I had little to no knowledge of my Aboriginal history. Personally this school has opened up doors for me that I would never have gone for.
A Tale of the Wollondilly River, Whambeyan and Jenolan Caves. The Jenolan are wonderful subterranean caves of limestone formation, situated in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. They are set in the midst of wild and rugged mountain scenery, where rivers wind away like silver ribbons to the distant sea, and the mountain kings are crowned with snow. In these deep, mysterious caves of crystalline wonder, Nature has surpassed herself in artistry.