Mindarie Primary School opens learning space celebrating Aboriginal culture

Noongar representative Kim Collard. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Noongar representative Kim Collard. Photo: Martin Kennealey

MINDARIE Primary School has created an open learning area that encourages cultural reflection and inclusion.

The school held an opening ceremony for the ‘Kala Boodjar, colours country’ space this term.

Associate principal Andrew Gould said Sandy Blackford led the project to create a space featuring native plants and bush tucker shrubs.

Kala Boodjar,Colours Country learning area opening. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The process began in 2017, with the P&C and the school administration identifying the need for our school to develop its cultural sensitivity and provide our students with exposure to Noongar culture,” he said.

“The space to the rear of our nature playground would form the perfect place for us to begin developing such a space.

Teacher Sandy Blackwood and students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“Mrs Blackford has coordinated our community beautifully, including a busy bee to clear and prepare the space.”

Mr Gould said students investigated the Noongar calendar in a competition to design artwork that features on poles created by Aboriginal artist Jade Dolman for a walkway to the space.