Indigenous Cultural Integration

Silkwood School is part of Kombumerri country and the wider Yugambeh language region. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and their capacity and resilience as indigenous custodians.

The respect and intuition our traditional land owners have for our land has provided inspiration for Silkwood’s learning programs and spaces.  We worked closely with our traditional owners and indigenous mentors to visibly and authentically embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories in our school gaureima (story), learning programs and physical environment.

Indigenous ways of learning have been integrated into learning experiences through the use of;

  • narrative (stories)
  • Yugambeh language
  • art and cultural engagement
  • traditional indigenous games
  • science and environmental custodianship
  • bush tucker experiences

In particular, Silkwood has developed a unique whole-school learning program ‘Connecting to Country through Totems’, which runs every year and is celebrated as party of our annual Silkwood Dreaming Festival.

We value the role our indigenous learning program and our local indigenous community plays in inspiring our young people to build deeper connections to themselves, others and their local environments.

Below are two links showcasing aspects of our indigenous ways of learning;