A Day of Discovery: Year Three’s Journey to Herdsman Lake

In an enriching expedition aimed at deepening their understanding of Australian local history and culture, the Year Three class embarked on a captivating journey to Herdsman Lake. The visit was intricately planned to support the students’ inquiry learning, focusing on the significance of local places to the Noongar people, the land’s traditional owners.

The day was filled with activities that educated and engaged the students in the rich cultural tapestry of the Noongar community. A highlight was the nature walk, during which the students learned about various local plants and their traditional uses. It gave them a deeper appreciation for the land’s natural resources and the indigenous knowledge that has preserved them.

Adding a creative twist to the day, students had the opportunity to paint rocks using Noongar symbols and made collaborative artwork with their handprints.

The art of spear-throwing was another skill the students eagerly explored. Under careful guidance, they learned how to handle and throw a wooden spear, gaining insights into the hunting techniques that have been a part of Noongar life for thousands of years. 

The journey into the past continued with a fascinating demonstration of how traditional tools were crafted using natural materials, including stones and kangaroo dung, which served as an effective glue. This hands-on experience provided a unique window into the ingenuity and resourcefulness of indigenous cultures.

The day also featured a visit to the interactive learning centre, where the students encountered various fascinating animals and learned important safety tips for dealing with venomous snakes, enhancing their awareness and respect for Australia’s diverse wildlife.

The excursion would not have been possible without the generous support of our parent volunteers, who dedicated their time and energy to ensure a safe and enriching experience for all. Their involvement was instrumental in the day’s success, and we extend our heartfelt thanks for their commitment to our students’ learning journey.

As the Year Three class reflects on their adventure to Herdsman Lake, they carry with them the knowledge gained and the memories of an incredible day spent walking in the footsteps of the Noongar people. This experience has undoubtedly enriched their understanding of Australia’s local places and the importance of preserving and respecting indigenous cultures.