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Connection and Country - Stage 1

Students will learn about the local Aboriginal people of the area, the Cadigal people. Your students will be guided by Aboriginal Education Officers through cultural perspectives of traditional customs, connections to land, beliefs, stories and dance of significance to Aboriginal people.


Stages 1 History & Geography


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


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Excursion key themes:

  • Aboriginal people and the connections with their country
  • Plants used for food, medicine, weapons, tools and shelter
  • What activities Aboriginal people do to create strong connections with culture and the land 

Students will … 

  • Explore communication methods used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to share ideas and information, e.g. dance, stories, music and art
  • Use terms relating to time to appreciate the length of Aboriginal settlement in Australia, engage with artefacts and identify a range of natural materials used by Aboriginal peoples
  • Examine the native plants within the Cadi Jam Ora that were used by original inhabitants for food, medicine, tools and weapons
Fantastic and so engaging ... the children really enjoyed the whole lesson.
Teacher, All Saints Grammar

Stage 1 History

Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time
Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Stage 1 Geography

Describes features of places and the connections people have with places

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.