Our primary school mentoring program is designed to give students a greater respect and understanding of traditional Noongar culture and history.
Students spend time learning Noongar language, singing Noongar songs, and discovering many exciting dream time stories. They also learn about various Aboriginal artefacts, including Yonga Booka (a kangaroo coat), Wonna Borna (a digging stick), and a Kilee (boomerang).
The classes are very interactive with the children learning to distinguish between the different tracks left behind by animals in the bush, as well as replicating these tracking marks in their own drawings.
The program is presented by a local Noongar woman and classes run over a five week period.
Resources for teachers and students: Noongar language and culture
Noongar Boodja – Outlines Noongar Country and Wadjuk territory within that country.
The Aboriginal Flag – Outlines the history and meaning of the Aboriginal Flag.
Noongar Animals – Provides the Noongar names for a number of animals and birds.
Animal Tracks – Shows the tracks West Australian animals make.
Noongar Seasons – Outlines the six Noongar seasons, and where the Noongar people were during those seasons.
The Yonga Booka – Talks about the kangaroo skin cloak that Noongar people traditionally wore.
The Kilee – Describes how the boomerang was used by Noongar men.
The Yandi – Describes the uses of the dish that Noongar women carried.
The Quandong – Talks about bush foods and the Noongar traditional food quandong.
Whadjuk Walking Trails: Noongar stories and knowledge repository GECKOS (Growing Enriched Cultural Knowledge in Our Schools)