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    Year 11 VCAL Griggs Creek Walk

    Article by Ms Kirsty Allan

    Year 11 VCAL Griggs Creek Walk

    On Friday (28th Feb) the Year 11 VCAL students undertook a preliminary walk along Griggs Creek, which is located behind Clifton Springs Primary school, and is the overflow area for Lake Lorne that stretches down to the coast line.

    In Literacy we have been exploring our local indigenous history and had the pleasure of an indigenous workshop here at the College. We have also looked at other ‘Know Your Place Walks’ that have been published by the City of Greater Geelong. Amanda has also provided us with an overview of the City of Greater Geelong and the dynamic workplace environment that it is. In Numeracy we have been refining our measurement and mapping skills. Friday allowed us to combine all of this, working with Amanda from the COGG and Corrina from Wadawurrung. 

    Corrina started proceedings on Friday with a Traditional Welcome to Country, and Smoking Ceremony, which was the first time that many of us had been actively involved, as we were invited to crush a eucalyptus leaf, walk through the smoke while adding our leaf to the pile and then using some ochre paint, marking our hands as a sign of cleansing and welcome.

    Corrina spoke to us about the local indigenous history, her history and spoke of her elders past and present. She relayed stories of dreamtime and creation. Once we were on the walk she stopped us frequently to identify local indigenous plants used for food or medicine. We were able to try berries and flowers, and know how to now use a natural product for tooth aches! It was an enjoyable and educational experience.

    While we walked we took photos and notes, and in the coming weeks will each produce a brochure for a Know Your Place Indigenous walk for Griggs Creek. Once completed Amanda will work with COGG to publish our brochure for public use.

    Kirsty Allan  VCAL Coordinator

     

     

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