Mercedes College and St Peter’s Primary pupils explore Aboriginal culture

15 Jul 2021

By Contributor

A female high school student sits at a small round table in a classroom, talking with a four young primary school students.
Mercedes College and St Peter’s Primary School students learnt about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture in the classroom. Photo: Supplied.

A cohort of Year 11 Children, Family and Community (CFC) ATAR Mercedes College pupils has last month turned the Perth-based school’s Conference Room into a makeshift kindy classroom as part of its Culture and Social Cohesion Task.

This unit has been focussing on inclusivity and diversity within the pre-primary setting and to make it more authentic, an invitation was issued to St Peter’s Primary School for its kindy students to come, visit, and play.

Their visit included a morning tea under our big tree in Catherine’s Garden, a didgeridoo performance, and a play session with both Mercedes’ CFC and Aboriginal students.

The CFC students had spent several lessons planning and creating 10 activity stations including a cave for painting, an Australian animal play table, a reading corner, and a nature table.

The classroom was buzzing with excitement as 29 little people moved from station to station exploring the wonderful activities the girls had created. The children had fun making slithering snakes, dot painting boomerangs, playdough rainbow serpents, dotty rock turtles, rainbow bird masks and hopping about the kangaroo tails.

Children, Family and Community Teacher Sonya Roberts said the project “aligned beautifully with the College’s ethos of Mercy”.

“This unit enabled our students to gain a better understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to share pride in our complete and balanced national story,” Mrs Roberts said.