Always Was, Always Will Be.
This is the theme for NAIDOC Week 2020 and celebrates the fact that the very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
Towamba and Wyndham primary students walked along the Bundian Way Story Trail with Monaroo Elder BJ Cruse this week as part of their NAIDOC activities.
Rebecca Barrow, relieving principal at Towamba Public School said each week, the school gives an acknowledgement of country to the Dhawa people, the custodians of the land on which the school stands.
"We were lucky enough to spend time with Uncle BJ Cruse this week when the whole school attended our first excursion for the year," she said.
"Uncle BJ met us at Corcora Beach in Eden and gave a Welcome to Country and then walked with us to Quarantine Bay.
"He shared cultural history and stories with us on this walk and we were very thankful for his knowledge and experience and for taking the time to meet with us.
"We were grateful to Wyndham Public School who invited us along to be part of this walk.
"The students had a wonderful day learning from Uncle BJ and exploring the beach and surrounds at Quarantine Bay," Ms Barrow said.
The staff of Towamba and Wyndham Primary Schools will attend a professional learning day with Nathan Lygon and Jodie Dickenson at Rocky Hall preschool this weekend, which aims to provide educators with the foundations to integrate Aboriginal knowledge and care for the environment within the context of our community.