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Kaadadjiny (Knowledge)

We respect the Wadjuk Noongar People, their lands, their cultures and traditions.  

Hensman Street Elementary's vision for reconciliation is based on coming together today to enrich learning for tomorrow.  While acknowledging reconciliation to be on a continuum, our vision is for all children to learn and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures at a local level through authentic play-based experiences. Creating a society that respects diversity and celebrates relationships and connectedness which links directly to our school philosophy.

Our educators regularly engage in professional development to obtain deeper understanding and increased confidence to build our cultural knowledge which not only guides curriculum development but also allows us to share this knowledge with our school community to enrich our future generations. In addition to professional development, Hensman Street Elementary has developed strong ties to local Wadjuk Noongar community leaders who provide ongoing guidance to our staff in developing their practice and knowledge.

All children at Hensman Street Elementary participate in regular sessions which connects them to the environment. Through our early years science exploration program (Little Scientist) we deliver sessions that involve connecting and caring for all: the land, animals, birds, plants and people. As part of the research cycle we embed Noongar traditions through enquiry-based learning practices.  

It is our aim that through these practices Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families will feel welcome at our school, recognising that they will be respected, culturally safe and that their voices will be valued and heard. It is our vision that all the children and families who engage in our programs will come to know the long-standing and continuing histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their stories, languages and wisdom as we celebrate diverse cultures together.

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When working with Jasmine, our Noongar Leader, Devansh asked intently,  "When do the seasons change?"

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"Charcoal from the fire helps us remember how the wood burns",
says Amelie.