Yanchep Beach Primary School students will benefit from a unique hands-on learning experience about local Aboriginal history thanks to the Stockland CARE Grants awarded by the Amberton Beach community in Eglinton.
Noongar language teacher Judith Birchall said the $1,000 CARE grant would be helpful in going towards the purchase of local artefacts from the Kiwirrkurra community in remote WA.
The school plans to encourage hands-on learning among its 800 students by obtaining child-sized didgeridoos, wooden carved dishes called Yandi, two sets of child-sized handmade tapping sticks known as Wanna, and a hunting boomerang known as a Kylee, a spear known as a Kitj and a spear thrower known as a Woomera.
Ms Birchall said the artefacts would be added to the school's new cultural space and would be great aids in helping students engage and learn about Aboriginal history.
“Our students thrive on learning about Aboriginal culture and being able to have their own artefacts that they can feel and touch is a good opportunity," Ms Birchall said.
“It’s quite special because we can use these artefacts at future school events such as NAIDOC week, which will make it more meaningful.”
Col Dutton, WA General Manager Residential at Stockland, said the annual Stockland CARE Grants program paid tribute to the important role local schools made to teaching children about WA’s rich cultural history.
“It is great to see Yanchep Beach Primary School promote education about WA’s Aboriginal culture and we’re delighted they are using their CARE grant to foster hands-on learning among students aged from kindy to year 6,” Mr Dutton said.
“We are thrilled to help the school build their local artefact collection which will benefit students at the school now and into the future. Learning about the state’s Aboriginal history is an invaluable experience for children of all ages.”
The Amberton community also awarded funds to Yanchep Secondary College P&C Association, the WA Landbased Fishing Club, Eglinton Districts Cricket Club (Eglinton Junior Cricket Club), Brighton Scout Group, Yanchep Two Rocks Home Support Group and The Northern Suburb’s Men’s Shed.
The Stockland CARE Grants program is celebrating a key milestone this year with more than $1.5 million in funding donated to more than 1,280 local community groups across Australia since 2013.