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!

The bushland project would not have happened without the support of funders and community experts.  We were awarded grants from:  City of Stirling Living Green program; Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant; River Rangers; PALS (Aboriginal) grant; and a NAIDOC Week grant.  Funds from these grants paid for the interpretative signage and Aboriginal educators and artists to work at our school.  We are most grateful for this support.

Community experts included for example, Geoff and Marc Kaye.  Geoff provided technologies support (representing the CSIRO Professionals in Schools program), and Marc donated his technologies expertise too (Cadlink).  Catrina Luz-Aniere (CEO, Millennium Kids) shared her biological and Aboriginal knowledge with our students.   Our thanks to these experts for sharing their time and experience with us, enhancing our children’s understandings through engagement in real life, meaningful community contexts.


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