DMs Fletcher our Agriculture teacher and Mrs Day, Aboriginal education coordinator collaborated to secure PALS funding for the bush tucker garden project. After consultation with ESHS and other staff it was decided to dedicate the garden in Honour of Sonny Graham a long standing support to the school. Sonny was an AIEO and Aboriginal language teacher in the school for many years and a support to many teachers. The garden was formally opened in term 4 2016. The day was a huge success, Sonny unveiled his commemorative plague and statue, shared a yarn then sang a song for staff- students- community and other interested parties who attended. We shared some bush tucker cooked by 2 fabulous local Noongar women and their assistants .
This is an inter- department/curriculum project with the scope to expand into new areas of learning
Aims- To provide ESHS staff an authentic and participatory Aboriginal learning resource.
Goals – To enhance ESHS students’ and teachers knowledge of Aboriginal knowledge and culture
What has been done and by who?
- 80 +- Year 7 - Agriculture students (planting- mulching- garden ongoing maintenance)
- 40 - Year 9-10 - Agriculture- fork to fork - support education students (planting- mulching- clearing weeds and cactus – ongoing garden maintenance - constructing a fish pond, looking after the fish)
- 20 - Bush rangers (planting- mulching- garden ongoing maintenance)
- 28 - Year 7 - Aboriginal studies students ( painting poles- creating plants labels which have the common plant name- Aboriginal mob and name for plant and use either food or other )
- 1 - Support education year 11 work experience student (garden maintenance)
- 1 - Year 11 work experience student (garden maintenance)
- 14 – Year 11 Building and construction students (constructing the outdoor classroom concrete slab)
- The ESHS farm training centre students