As we look around our campuses today, it’s hard to imagine what this space looked like 200 years ago – grassy woodlands with red gums and blue gums lining the many creek beds and rivers, as well as many plants and bushes that provided food and shelter for the Kaurna people and native animals who inhabited this land for over 50,000 years! As a community, we passionately acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians and owners of the Adelaide plains.
Throughout 2019, students at the Findon Campus have taken the opportunity to discover more about our native environment and Aboriginal culture, and have shaped this learning into a Kaurna Garden that was unveiled to our community and officially opened earlier this week.
“We aim to keep watering the garden so that in a couple of years we will be able to harvest the fruit and berries from the plants and eat the fruit just as the Kaurna did for thousands of years. Some of the fruit and roots from the plants can even be ground up and used as medicine. Soon, the plants will be bigger than they are now and will flower and attract native birds, insects and reptiles” explained the Year 4 students at the opening.
Thank you to the many businesses and people who supported this project including native plant enthusiast Dolores Amos, cultural artist Chris Crebbin, Adami Sand and Metal, the Catholic Education Office and Nazareth ATSI students, Eco Chiefs and staff.