The whole school community, parents and special guests joined Mort and Vivienne Hansen in our Yarning Circle for the official opening of the Coolbinia Bush Trail on Friday 30th August. The celebration began with a heartfelt rendition of Wandjoo by the students and staff, followed by an introduction by our Principal, Paul Westcott. Mort and Viv then conducted a Welcome to Country, followed by a thrilling demonstration of the versatility of the didgeridoo. To conclude the opening event Mort performed the Smoking Ceremony, moving about the whole gathering to involve everyone.

After the formalities, guests and parents moved to the bush trail to view the interpretative signage and the myriad of artworks on display. Robbie, the Mechanoid, greeted everyone, welcoming them to take the trail journey. These photos show some of the stunning artworks, signs and more.

Even if you missed the official opening event, the bush trail signage is permanent and can be viewed at any time. It is a community resource for the benefit of everyone. Remember when you take this walk to bring your mobile phone, with a QR code reader and the Metaverse app installed. This will enable you to access audio files and videos created by the students, as well as engage with augmented reality experiences. You may also pick up a brochure from the office, providing further information about the fauna and flora of the bushland. This brochure was created by Room 8 Year 4 students.

Sincere thanks to all the students, staff, the Canteen and P & C members, special guests, parents and community members who made this event such a memorable occasion. Congratulations!

More photos of the event can be viewed on our photos gallery here.