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Aboriginal Knowledge and Culture - Stage 3

This program is a unique opportunity to investigate a wide variety of local native plants which were integral in the life of the First Australians. Aboriginal Education Officers will provide a personal perspective offering how Indigenous people of the Sydney area used plants for food, medicine, tools and weapons, giving students a unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of our Indigenous communities.

Learning Activities 

  • Students will be guided on a walk through the Cadi Jam Ora garden whilst learning about the traditional and contemporary uses of native plants
  • They will examine plants that were used by the original custodians for food, medicine, shelter, tools and weapons
  • Students will view artefacts made from these plants as well as other aspects of Aboriginal culture


Stage 3 Science & Technology


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Appreciate the traditional customs within Aboriginal culture.
  • Learn about traditional methods of hunting and gathering local food sources. 
  • Discover plants that are used for food, medicine, tools, weapons and shelter by Aboriginal people. 
  • Appreciate the connections that Aboriginal people have with their country.
  • Explore the significance of artefacts used by Cadigal people.  
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

  • Observe and describe the structural features of some native Australian animals and plants (ST3-10LW)
  • Describe how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples use observations of the night sky to inform decisions about some everyday activities, e.g. food gathering and ceremonies (ST3-8ES)
  • Describes how the properties of materials determine their use for specific purposes (ST3-13MW)
  • Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments (GE3-1)
  • Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments (GE3-2)
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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.