Last week Newington Lindfield recognised NAIDOC Week by watching a performance by Cultural Infusion. NAIDOC week is observed each July in order to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Year 2 boys reflected on this excursion and shared their knowledge about Indigenous Australians and their culture. During this mature discussion, the boys showed themselves to be open-minded, inquiring and principled young learners.
Here is what Toby had to say:
Last week an Aboriginal man came to our school and talked about the didgeridoo and what sounds it made. Some sounds were the emu call and kookaburra. He talked to us about some Aboriginal words, a lot of the time we did not know many of the words.
On Wednesday the 16th of July, years 1 and 2 went on an excursion to the Ryde Schoolhouse Museum to find out about what school was like in the ‘olden days.’ This started the boys thinking about our new unit of inquiry based upon change over time.
Here is what the boys had to say:
Year 1 and 2 went on an excursion to North Ryde Public School. It was like going to school but in old fashion. My favourite part was doing fitness in old times and making toast near the fire. I had fun!
Yesterday I went to the school museum. It took a long time. When I saw the lady I got scared. The lady was very big and very old and very tall. First we did some dancing then learned the drill with the stick. Then the lady hit the drum and marched around the school. We joined up and marched around in a circle. It was fun, then I noticed that the lady was nice. Then I was puffed out so we had recess.
Yesterday we went to the School House Museum and there we met three nice teachers. They took us to a 64 year old room and the lady showed us pennies. Then the lady took us to the may pole where we danced around it. We had to tie it up then untie it. Then we went to drill where we did some exercise but it is very different to our fitness, they just use their arms. Next she took us to her room where we did some writing with the ink pencils called quills. Then we went to the next room where we did some stamping, toasting and investigating, then it was time to go back to school.
The boys seemed to really enjoy the experience and learned lots!