Daisy, Damper and a Botanist Greet the Kids in the Goldfields

Kids from Boulder PS meet Daisy Bates

Kids from Boulder PS meet Daisy Bates

Goldfields Primary School students had a very special visit from Millennium Kids Inc, a youth empowerment organisation aimed at focusing on environmental issues through constructive action in June.

As part of the Project Explore  students wanted to know more about the indigenous history of the area and how the aboriginal people sustained themselves.
Catrina Aniere led the series of sessions, imaginatively addressing the students by pretending to be Daisy Bates, a woman who famously lived and worked among the Australian Aboriginal people of the in the early to mid 1900’s. Daisy Bates is famous for her welfare work and documenting the culture of the Australian Aboriginals. Students were given a unique historical insight. Through the Daisy Bates story children explored what Australian Aboriginals in the area ate, the local animals that Daisy called ‘totems’ and the preciousness of water.
After the story the students then broke into groups, some heading off to explore introduced, native and edible species of plants on the school grounds with MK botanist Wayne O’Sullivan. The other group stayed behind and learned to make traditional damper in a fire with Jane Pompey, MK indigenous intern.

Checking the damper!

Checking the damper!

Students were given the rare and rich experience of learning historical and scientific concepts in an authentic context . Mr Zanotti, the Green Ambassadors and The Year Three’s from Room 31 wish to say a very big thank you to Millennium Kids Inc.
Story by Tim Zanotti – Science Co Ordinator O’Connor PS

One Response to “Daisy, Damper and a Botanist Greet the Kids in the Goldfields”

  1. Breeanna says:

    That’s was my school we didn’t end up having the damper but that was ok I learnt a lot of stuff I’m from boulder

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