Temora High School’s Indigenous Education Team is a student-led body comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as non-Indigenous staff and students.
In conjunction with Landcare NSW’s ‘Working Together’ program, local Wiradjuri Elders, the local Council and community members, a student-led interactive outdoor learning space was created. A disused corner of the school was transformed into an area of gardens featuring native plants and grasses endemic to the Wiradjuri region, with the centrepiece of the project being a large Yarning Circle.
Throughout the design and construction process, the Indigenous Education Team gained valuable experience in identifying local native plant species and planting techniques and, most importantly, worked together throughout the project. They were also able to explore their cultural connections to country, and were empowered to care for the area as part of school activities.