NOONGAR LANGUAGE and DJIDI MARLAK CULTURAL PROGRAM
All classes from kindergarten to year 6 are involved in Noongar language and cultural lessons. The Noongar language teachers have developed a range of songs, games, books and teaching resources that are specific to the local region. All classes and staff participate in Noongar lessons and the language and culture is integrated into other learning areas.
The Djidi Marlak Cultural Program focuses on engaging key community members and establishes stronger ties with our local Noongar community, together providing a localised Noongar Cultural and History program for our students. Accessing adjacent bushland provides a real rich hands-on experience supplemented with visits to local sites of significance around the Bunbury area. The school's bushland setting is organised into a natural bush walk, accompanied with a dance ground, meeting ground and Mia Mias (shelters).
The school Choir performs songs in both English and Noongar languages, while the Djidi Dancers under the guidance of a local Noongar dance and didgeridoo instructor, mentors the children in appropriate traditional dance. Opportunities throughout the year call upon students to perform at the school during special events.
NAIDOC Week and Harmony Week are two significant events that brings together our school community to recognise and celebrate Noongar culture.
Aboriginal perspectives are embedded across the curriculum and Aboriginal ways of learning are encouraged where appropriate.
Djidi Djidi is able to offer surrounding schools the opportunity to learn and experience local Aboriginal culture.