Created in 2021, this space has evolved to facilitate the integration of First Nation’s history, culture and perspectives into the educational experience of all students and our teachers at Findon High School, and our enthusiastic, determined and cohesive Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) team have led the development. Central to the design of the learning spaces was the creation of a Kaurna shield by First Nations Elder and artist, Jack Buckskin, in the traditional way, cutting the shield shape from the significant native tree encompassed by the circle. Circular seating, utilising re-purposed wood from trees native to the local area was constructed around the tree, with students involved in both the design and construction of this yarning circle.
Use of the outdoor learning space around the scar tree has been ongoing, with students from all learning areas engaging with it as they access the curriculum, with intentionally planned learning about Indigenous perspectives, reinforced by their presence in such a significant space. In 2022, a beautiful mural entitled, ‘Belonging’, and communicating this theme was designed and created in collaboration with was First Nations visual artist, Scott Rathman. The mural forms an important part of our yarning circle space, and is a reminder of the importance we place on celebrating First Nations cultures and histories and creating a school where First Nations, and all students, feel like they belong.
The final stage of the yarning circle space is already underway, with an edible and usable native garden established. The garden will serve as an education hub which will facilitate the integration of First Nation’s history, culture and perspectives into the educational experiences of students in the Western area, and serve as a space for community and school groups to learn about, and celebrate, Indigenous histories and cultures, first hand. Produce from the garden will be used in a range of ways, both within Findon High School and in the community, ensuring its longevity and sustainability
The space enables our school community to understand the importance of the spiritual connection with country that is central to Indigenous culture and to begin to embody the respect for the land that comes with this connection.