The Learning Stone site provides a living local resource to assist and provide a better cultural understanding and a place to start for teachers in their delivery of indigenous content.

There are numerous benefits and opportunities associated with Learning Stones from strengthening local indigenous and non-indigenous community partnerships, capacity building of students and community members to developing a supportive mechanism that assists both the primary transition to secondary college, and the leadership and skill development of secondary students, to lead primary students in their cultural journey sharing their experience and perceptions.

circle of influence - Learning Stones

The Learning Stone will help promote and celebrate aboriginality in all its forms.

  • from educating school community and validating Koorie people both past and present, and their journey in the school setting, by helping young Koorie people to embrace and become involved in community.
  • by attending and planning events.

Looking forward… Indigenous Curriculum in all schools

The challenge for ‘Learning Stones’ is not to only support indigenous educators working in the community and schools with an indigenous population or even those schools interested in indigenous studies but all schools. According to ABS (2011) there are 3.3 millions students attending 9,435 schools nationally, 168,803 or 5% are identified as Indigenous students attending school fulltime.

Statistically the assumption would be that there are many students with little or no contact, knowledge or exposure, or have the opportunity to discover Australian Aboriginal History and Lifestyles.

There is a real need to provide a national Indigenous curriculum which can be offered to all schools and can be developed by local community.

All students should have the chance to learn about our Australian Aboriginal History and Culture. The ‘Learning Stones’ website has an open forum page where schools can share resources, activities and good practices which they have implemented in their own school community.

The essence of these practices can formulate a unit in Indigenous Studies – an introductory, instruction and delivery guidelines developed by schools for schools – across Australia- schools will incorporate a concept that is tailored to suit their particular school and local community culture.

Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO) Department of Education & Early Childhood Development Creator of Learning Stone initiativeJohn Murray
Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO)
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Founder of Learning Stone initiative

 

 

 

 

 

Our learning stone is situated outside our Prep Area in the corner of our vegetable garden. The seating and the stone are used regularly by children who seem to gather there to chat or have quiet time.
Last year we held our smoking ceremony and we had a wonderful celebration with visitors from our indigenous community who shared their story with our children. The totems were completed and I really hadn’t reflected on the stones true importance and purpose until this year.
Our local Kindergarten asked if they could bring their children to visit our Learning Stone as a local excursion.
I asked the school captains to make a short presentation to them about our stone.
Researching the project I finally had the light bulb moment why the stone was such a great initiative by John.
The stone as well as looking impressive made us have the conversations around our past and heritage. Our children researched indigenous art and the art room and the school had great displays of artwork in readiness for our smoking ceremony. Children talked about the history of our land and the people who were living here before us and they also were privileged to have a smoking ceremony.
The school captains did a great job talking to the kindergarten children who all loved sitting around our stone and then we shared the pictures of our smoking ceremony.
Wendy Inman Principal Mirboo North PS