Four hundred students and teachers flocked to Kings Park and Botanic Garden last week for the first Noongar Boodja Six Seasons mini festival for 2021.
The Noongar Boodja Six Seasons program is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and caring for country, delivered by the Kings Park Education and Learning team and proudly supported by Fugro.
Local Noongar presenters shared katitjin (knowledge) with primary-aged students about Bunuru, the ‘second summer’, and the activities traditionally associated with this time of year.
Bunuru is the hottest and driest time of the year when Noongar people would have traditionally lived close to the ocean and rivers. It is the season for fishing and living off plentiful sea and freshwater resources.
Kings Park Education and Learning Manager Charlotte Vaughan said she was excited for the official launch of Noongar Boodja Six Seasons.
'This immersive program is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about Aboriginal culture and caring for the environment in the heart of Whadjuk Noongar country – Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park)', she said.
'It aims to enhance understanding and respect for Aboriginal people, appreciation for diversity in our community and a sense of responsibility for caring for our natural environment.'
Fugro Director Chris Eastwell said he believed Fugro’s greatest potential for social change and opportunity was though childhood education.
'We are extremely proud of our partnership with Kings Park over the past four years and the Education and Learning team’s amazing contributions towards enhancing understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture', Chris said.
'The festivals are also a great opportunity for Fugro employees to expand their own knowledge of Noongar culture while spending time out of the office as volunteers at the Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals throughout the year.'
Kings Park Education and Learning welcomes nearly 30,000 students of all ages each year to participate in interactive E-STEM, cultural heritage and wellbeing education programs.
Noongar Boodja Six Seasons is available for schools to book throughout the year. The Djeran (Autumn) mini festival is coming up on 11–12 May 2021.
More information and bookings are available via the Kings Park Education and Learning section.