Greenfields PS students take a travel along Wetland Yarns


George Wally and students with the painting.
George Wally and students with the painting.

GREENFIELDS Primary School took part in an excursion to learn about the cultural and scientific importance of Lakes Mealup and Clifton in the Peel-Yalgorup system.

Wetland Yarns brought together Noongar elders, scientists, educators and artists, all sharing their knowledge and stories with students about the value of the wetland system and the students captured the experience in a large painting.

Students developed a deep connection with their local wetlands and an appreciation of relationships between people and the land.

They also learned about the importance of environmental responsibility and how to play a role in conserving and protecting the wetlands.

The Wetlands Yarns project is one of the first actions of Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s recently launched Wetlands and Peoples Plan.

One of the goals is to increase the community’s capacity to protect wetlands, including sharing stories of the wetlands.

Fifty-two Year 3 students took part in the project.

Year 3 teacher Leanne Walley devised a program to run through the entire school year that teaches students about the importance of the local environment through excursions and classroom activities.

The excursion was led by local Noongar Aboriginal elders and community leaders.

Two weeks later, artist Angela Rossen got together with students for a big artwork depicting the plants and animals of Lake Mealup.

The finished artwork is accompanied by a panel depicting the Noongar names for the plants and animals and has been officially presented to the school.

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