Their teacher, Bianca Bailetti says that by exploring the local parklands at the rear of the school, the youngsters developed a sense of place and connected to the natural world around them.
“The children ... are very connected and drawn to experiences with the natural environment,” she says.
Although her students aren’t Indigenous themselves, Bailetti believes it is important for them to develop real and meaningful connections with the Ngunnawal people and the land they occupy.
“When we go on our walking in Ngunnawal land, it involves learning about the values and the resources and the stories and also the cultural obligations of an area.
“I think to really connect little children with Indigenous ways of being and embed an element of reconciliation within our programming, we really need to understand the strong connections the people have to the land.”