First Nations Ministers
We were proud to welcome our inaugural First Nations Ministers to our Parliament in 2022.
Here are some quotes from current Year 5/6 students who have put themselves forward to be elected as First Nations Ministers for 2023. Why should we have First Nations Ministers? What motivated you to put yourself forward? What does it mean to be an Aboriginal leader in our school?
- I want to be with the culture that I am from and we can learn about our own culture
- listening to our ancestors
- I like helping our little kids learn about culture
- Aboriginal people should have a voice in our parliament
- helps us learn more about Aboriginal culture
- I want little people to learn about culture
- We can lead by showing others about the Aboriginal stuff in the bush
- Set a good example about caring for our Aboriginal campsite and things around
- Being yourself
- Being a good role model, showing others how to care for our trees and bush and animals
- Even if we don't have an official role we can still be leaders
- We want to be part of the decision making
- Being safe, positive, respectful
- Have to be inclusive.
We are lucky to have such incredible bushland at Sacred Heart. Children are passionate and feel deep connections to this country. Multiple times throughout the year we have whole school bush days focused on learning more about Aboriginal culture. Each class group is responsible for organising a cultural activity for everyone to enjoy. Students can visit any of the activities for any duration, or they could simply play on country which has led to archaeological digging, mud play and hut-making. Classes focus on activities such as:
- Exploring the meanings behind the Aboriginal flag colours through different materials and creating mobiles to display in our bushland.
- Exploring natural materials, such as ochre.
- Play with clapsticks
- Discussions of the importance and lost meaning of Aboriginal symbols from colonisation.
- Sharing of Aboriginal stories
- Traditional games
Students from across the school play and share culture together. Students are provided with many opportunities to experience various types of Country outside of school.
Aboriginal Family Camp
Each year first nations famillies are invited to attend a camp on murrayfield where they can gather and share culture.