NEERIGEN BROOK PS YARNING CIRCLE

Neerigen Brook Primary School’s vision, as articulated in their Reconciliation Action Plan, is to cultivate a profound appreciation of local Indigenous history and culture among all community members. In alignment with this vision, NBP embarked on the creation of a yarning circle at the school, a project that involved extensive consultation with the school community.

The design process emerged from a collaborative on-site effort that included the children, staff, and local Indigenous Elders. This particular site holds special significance within the school as the ceremonial departure point for graduating students transitioning to high school, where they are bid farewell.

Together, the collaborative team conceived the narrative of the Waugul serpent meandering through the landscape, symbolising the schoolchildren’s journey from primary to secondary education.

The Yarning Circle, nestled within the winding path, features a multi-circular design that represents the serpent’s eggs, symbolising the school as a protective and nurturing entity, embracing its students as they prepare for their future.

In Noongar culture, Waugal the rainbow serpent is venerated as the giver of life, sustaining all freshwater sources and appointing the Noongar people as stewards of the land. Carved totem poles representing the six Noongar seasons stand prominently in the area, each reflecting the knowledge and land management practices passed down by the Elders as gifts from the Waugal.

This versatile area functions as both an outdoor classroom and a play space, featuring timber steppers, ground logs, and a mia mia shelter/cubby area. The space is enriched with mini eucalypt species and selected bush tucker plants, enhancing its natural beauty and educational value.

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EMAIL:
info@naturebasedplay.com.au

PHONE:
08 9331 2997

WORKSHOP:
Nature Based Play
1 Rees Street
O’Connor WA 6163
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ABN: 78 607 451 516

Nature Based Play believes that, especially in the context of Nature Play, there is much to be gained from pursuing a deeper understanding of the cultural, spiritual and educational practices of First Nations peoples.

Our offices and workshop are located on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, though our work takes us all across the State. As such we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. 
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