Posted December 2018
The children at KU Corrimal East Preschool have gone on an excursion to explore Bellambi Point.
The coastal site contains vegetation, rock formations and a nearby creek and lagoon, and is recognised as being a place of special significance to the local Aboriginal community.
“We have been wanting to explore Bellambi Point for a long time and we decided this year, as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, to find out more about the Aboriginal significance of the area,” said KU Corrimal East Director, Megan Dodds.
The preschool contacted Aboriginal Elder Aunty Shas who explained to the educators the significance of Bellambi Point and took children, families and staff from the preschool on a tour of the area.
“Aunty Shas took us on a journey of discovery at Bellambi Point. She explained how Aboriginal people lived many years ago, including what they ate, where they slept and what they did when they became sick.”
“The children learnt about bush tucker, how to build a gunya, and the practical uses and benefits of certain leaves, bark and trees,” said Megan.
The learning continued inside the classroom with Aunty Shas visiting the preschool to share her knowledge about Aboriginal artefacts with the children, bringing in a didgeridoo, clapsticks, a coolamon and hunting tools.
“We had a great time learning with Aunty Shas and the children came away from the experience with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture and the importance of Bellambi Pont. We now plan to make regular outings to Bellambi to continue to explore this beautiful place,” said Megan.