Singleton Primary School is committed to providing a well-rounded and inclusive education that celebrates and promotes the vibrant heritage of Noongar culture. Aligned with the Western Australian Curriculum, our specialist programs for students in Years 3 to 6 offer a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Noongar culture. From Term 2, 2023, Singleton Primary introduced Language Other Than English (LOTE) into our curriculum, focusing on Indigenous Australian Noongar, specifically Whadjuk – Bindjareb, as this is the Noongar land where Singleton Primary resides.
Through a range of engaging activities, students will embark on a meaningful journey of cultural exploration, fostering a sense of connection, respect, and lifelong learning.
Noongar Language and Communication:
- In this program, students learn the fundamentals of the Noongar language, gaining insights into its grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
- Engage in interactive language activities, including conversations, storytelling, and simple written exercises.
- Develop an appreciation for the importance of language preservation and its role in upholding cultural identity.
Noongar Art and Expression:
- Through hands-on art workshops, students explore various traditional and contemporary forms of Noongar artistic expression.
- Learn about the symbolism and cultural significance behind Noongar art, including dot painting, sand art, and storytelling through visual mediums.
- Create their own artworks inspired by Noongar themes, fostering creativity and personal expression.
Noongar Cultural Traditions and Practices:
- Delve into the rich tapestry of Noongar cultural traditions, including song, dance, storytelling, and ceremonial practices.
- Participate in engaging workshops that introduce students to Noongar songs, dances, and storytelling techniques.
- Gain an understanding of the cultural protocols and significance associated with specific traditions.
Noongar Connection to Land and Country:
- Explore the deep spiritual and cultural connection that Noongar people have with their land, known as Boodja.
- Learn about traditional land management practices, ecological knowledge, and sustainable living in harmony with the environment.
- Engage in activities that promote environmental stewardship and respect for the natural world.
Noongar History and Perspectives:
- Develop an understanding of the historical context and contributions of Noongar people to the local community and Australia as a whole.
- Explore significant events, landmarks, and stories that shape the Noongar history and cultural identity.
- Encourage critical thinking and reflection on the diverse perspectives and experiences within Noongar culture.
Through these programs, students develop a deep appreciation for the richness and diversity of local Noongar traditions, language, art, and connection to the land. By fostering respect, understanding, and cultural competence, we aim to empower our students to become active participants in building a more inclusive and harmonious society that values and celebrates Indigenous culture.