Grant buys Yanchep school Aboriginal artefacts

Yanchep Beach Primary School Year 5 students Hunter McDermott, Psalm Suifili, Michelle Mackedy and Austin Escarez.
Yanchep Beach Primary School Year 5 students Hunter McDermott, Psalm Suifili, Michelle Mackedy and Austin Escarez.

YANCHEP students will soon have their hands on didgeridoos, tapping sticks and a hunting boomerang thanks to a community grant.

Yanchep Beach Primary School will use funds received through Amberton Beach estate developer Stockland’s Care grant program to buy Aboriginal artefacts.

Noongar language teacher Judith Birchall said the $1000 grant would go towards buying 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 a yandi, two sets of child-sized handmade tapping sticks known as a 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,” she 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.”

Stockland WA residential general manager Col Dutton said the annual grants program paid tribute to the role 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 that they are using their Care grant to foster hands-on learning among students aged from kindy to Year 6,” he said.

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 Suburbs Men’s Shed.