Singleton Primary students get new garden for quiet reflection

Singleton Primary students get new garden for quiet reflection
Singleton Primary students get new garden for quiet reflection
Singleton Primary students get new garden for quiet reflection
Singleton Primary students get new garden for quiet reflection
Singleton Primary students get new garden for quiet reflection

SINGLETON Primary officially opened a new garden on school grounds on July 20, called Morrditj.

School Officer Crystal Pens said it was built during the school holidays and was intended as a space for students to reflect quietly.

“It’s a special sensory garden we have named Moorditj,” she said.

“We chose this name because it means, good, strong and healthy.

“Children need quiet time as much as play time or somewhere to read quietly.”

Ms Pens said students had each made footprints representing and teaching about unity and ‘walking together’.

After a short speech thanking those who worked on the garden by school principle, Bevan Ripp and traditional owner, community leader and Aboriginal Heritage Consultant George Walley spoke to students.

He told them about the importance of embracing stillness and resting your spirit to keep yourself strong.

“Inside is a very special part of you that is bright and good and it needs quiet time to re-energise again,” he said.

“It’s your spirit and this is a place a good place for it to be.”

Mr Walley followed up his speech with a smoking ceremony to bless the new garden.

“I’m using Tuart leaves I have picked from the trees around the school as the smoke from them will cleanse and welcome the new garden,” he said.