Rye Primary School respects and acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and is committed to embedding First People’s perspectives into our curriculum and community. Our children are immersed in Indigenous culture via a range of learning activities and special events throughout the year. We ensure that our practices and Koori cultural expressions are in consultation with the Traditional Owners/Custodians of the land on which this school stands- the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people.
Bundjil is the spiritual leader of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people, who travels as an eagle and is the creator and protector of the land. At Rye Primary School we promise to follow the laws of Bundjil by respecting and nurturing the land, animals, people and children. We welcome all new members into our community and request that they contribute a stick to Bundjil’s nest and join us in this pledge.
The Peace Garden is a space which reflects the knowledge and explorations of our Indigenous heritage. Bundjil's Nest and mural are key features of this area along with many of the childrens' artwork and sculptures. Our Indigenous bush foods garden also grows here which includes species utilised by the First People in this region. These plants will play a role in future kitchen garden teachings and Indigenous culture studies. The garden will evolve to mirror the learning and inquiry that takes place within the school.
As a school we will continue to strive towards acts of reconciliation and place an importance on fostering positive relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which we stand today, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung people and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the oldest, continuous cultures in the world, having existed in Australia for at least 50,000 years. The uniqueness of these cultures and the wisdom and knowledge embedded in them are things to be highly valued by all Victorians.
The Victorian Curriculum includes the knowledge and skills students are expected to develop about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders histories and cultures, given their particular and enduring importance.
All teachers must follow the relevant protocols when teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. The protocols provide guidelines about how to protect the integrity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expressions and enable all Victorian teachers and students to engage respectfully and feel connected to this identity.