Year 11 students at Mercy College recently built a Wadjuk Boodja, or yarning circle, as a service project intended to honour Noongar history and culture and bring students together to share stories.
The opening of the circle was part of the College’s 2015 NAIDOC Week celebrations, and its construction was planned by the GECKOS (Growing Enriched Cultural Knowledge in Our Schools) focus group for the Year 11 Retreat.
The yarning circle was visualised by the planning group as an open and inclusive space for not only the College’s Aboriginal students, but any members of its culturally diverse community to come together and talk.
Parents in the College community also welcomed the yarning circle as a valuable reconciliation project.
Students and staff from Clontarf College visited Mercy College for the opening of the yarning circle and other NAIDOC Week celebrations including boomerang and face painting, damper tasting, painting murals, and a performance by the Clontarf Students’ Rock Band.
Mercy College Principal Julie Hornby recently introduced the GECKOS initiative, with members including teachers, social workers, education assistants and Aboriginal Teaching Assistants making up the group and working with all age groups at the College.