A taste of Jumbunna Week

IGS students of all ages enjoyed learning outside the classroom during Jumbunna Week.

Among the activities, Kindergarten Green visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, later creating geometric patterns, or mandalas, with leaves, seeds and petals they had collected.

“It was our first time as a class using the Imaginarium, and the wooden bench tops and floor were a lovely natural backdrop for these artworks,” said Kindergarten Green Home Class Teacher Alex Davis.

Kindergarten created nature's mandala
Kindergarten creativity in the IGS Imaginarium

Later in the week, through Indigenous Infusion, Kindergarten heard from the multi-talented Walangari Karntawarra, an Arrernte Aboriginal elder from Alice Springs who lives and works in Sydney, an international award-winning, contemporary “Western Desert” painter as well as an accomplished musician and performer.

Indigenous infusion at IGS
Indigenous infusion at IGS

They learnt some language, heard a Dreamtime story about the didgeridoo, found out about some of the Central Australian iconography based on shapes in sand, and saw examples of bushfood including the bush banana, and lomandra longifolia.

Exploring Aboriginal culture
Exploring Aboriginal culture

The learning continued with the visit of Stone and Bones presenter Dave Harrington, who helped Kindergarten come to grips with Aboriginal culture here in Gadigal country.