Our school is situated on the traditional land of the Dharug people. In 2021, a major focus was undertaken to connect the school community with local traditional culture.
A group of staff incorporated a very special smoking ceremony with the support of local elder, Uncle Graham to mark NAIDOC Week into our annual Multicultural Day celebrations. We look forward to continuing this tradition in the years ahead to further deepen understanding of traditional culture across the school community.
Just prior to the COVID lockdown, final plans for the school's Yarning Circle were completed and work was finished whilst staff and students were learning from home.
The Yarning Circle not only provides a physical space in the school for authentic learning, sharing and understanding, it marks an area that will continue to evolve in the years ahead with further plans for students work alongside local artists and elders.
As a school, we are proud of our connection to country, our links with Alumni and the role that schools play in growing knowledge within and beyond the school community. Penrith Alumna and indigenous woman, Divinia Eather (2017) and her family company, "The Eather Group" worked closely with the school to develop the plans and deliver a wonderful space. The 100% use of indigenous businesses in the construction process was special for all and reflected a deep commitment to the circular economy. (Please refer to the link below for more detail about this collaboration).
As a school, we thank Divinia, her family and all involved in creating the space, particularly in such a challenging year.
Eather Group Article: INDIGENOUS CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN ACTION AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL
A large mural completed the project and involved students working with local indigenous artist, Rhe Lotter in 2022. The Yarning Circle was officially opened on 1 July, 2022 to celebrate NAIDOC Week.