Our Year 4 classes visited the Currency Creek EcoCentre on Thursday 5 March as part of their Term 1 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) unit on local Aboriginal culture.
During the excursion, students explored the question “what was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples before the arrival of Europeans?”.
Students spent time with Cedric Varcoe, a Ngarrindjeri artist, learning about local dreaming stories and Aboriginal plant use. Cedric led the Year 4s through painting and weaving sessions as he shared his culture with them.
As part of this excursion, the Year 4s worked with Conservation and Land Management (CALM) students to create a Muntrie Garden. This is a local bush that grows along the coast and produces a small edible fruit that tastes like apple. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked to create jams and chutneys. CALM students prepared the site by setting up a trellis and doing the initial ground work. The Year 4s planted out just over 50 Kunzea pomifera (Muntries) under this trellis. The aim is to harvest the fruit in a few years and use it in a variety of education sessions relating to local bush foods.