On the last day of Term 1, the Year 2 students at our St Peters Campus were thrilled to have Jade Brook, a Nharangga and Kaurna woman, visit. She led us in a connection exercise, encouraging us to engage with our senses and connect with the land - a powerful reminder of the Aboriginal owners of the land and their connection to country. Jade also led us in a powerful Acknowledgement of Country.
Jade helped us to think deeply about the history of the First Nations people of Australia and the importance of respecting their culture and traditions. She emphasised the need for us to connect with the land, and to appreciate the natural beauty and wonder that surrounds us.
Next, Jade helped us to paint art pieces that reflected us as individuals, our families, our homes and our culture, exploring our identities and reflecting on what makes us unique. We were thrilled to see how diverse and vibrant our art was.
We were then treated to delicious bush tucker, including damper circles with chutney, muntries, finger limes, salt bush, quandongs and river mint - a fantastic opportunity to try traditional foods of Australia. As an extra treat, we had the option to try green ant, which had a zesty taste that reminded many of us of lime.
We sincerely thank Jade for sharing her time, knowledge and talents with us. Her incursion was a valuable learning experience that helped us deepen our understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture.
Lisa Smith and Kathryn Watkins
Year 2 Teachers