Space for learning
A new vibrant mural has put the finishing touches on Secret Harbour Primary School’s Koorda Kaadatj, or outdoor learning space.
Koorda Kaadatj translates to a place for friends to learn in local Noongar language.
The school has worked in collaboration with elders, families and community members, with support from the parents and citizens association, staff and students, to provide a safe learning outdoor environment for students to learn language and culture.
Teacher Latricia Collard said the Koorda Kaadatj also included a Yarning Circle where students could connect and collaborate as well as an Aboriginal house or Miya-miya.
She said the idea behind the floor-to-wall mural was to brighten up the space using symbols which represented a “meeting place”. Artist Sam Prentice brought Ms Collard’s vision to life.
“A lot of work has gone into the Koorda Kaadatj this year,” Ms Collard said.
“After talking with Sam about ideas for colours and what we wanted for this space, she delivered.
“The colourful backdrop is a visual delight in craftsmanship of merging the colours of the rainbow. This is a place to meet, share and learn.
“We are thankful for the involvement of Sam Prentice and her initiative and creativity towards our school.
“Bunnings has also assisted, the PALS program and donations from the Lions Eye Institute have contributed to allow all the work that has been completed.”
She said students would decide a name for the mural, which would be announced next year.
The school has introduced Noongar language for the first time this year as part of its Languages Other Than English program, with the Department of Education assisting by providing training for speakers of various Indigenous languages including Noongar, Badimaya, Gooniyandi and Pitjantjatjara.
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