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Connection and Country - Stage 1

This program is a unique opportunity to learn about the culture of the local Aboriginal people, the Cadigal people. 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 the opportunity to meet and interact with members of our Indigenous communities.

Learning Activities

  • 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
  • They will 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
  • Students also examine a wide variety of local native plants within the Cadi Jam Ora garden which were integral in the life of the First Australians for food, medicine, tools and weapons


Stages 1 History & Geography


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Appreciate the connections that Aboriginal people have with their country. 
  • Touch, taste and smell native plants used for food, medicine, weapons, tools and shelter. 
  • Experience activities that Aboriginal people undertake in order to create strong connections with culture and the land.  
  • Gain an Indigenous perspective on key events in Australian history. 
  • Explore the significance of artefacts used by Cadigal people.  
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

  • Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time (HT1-2)
  • Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication (HT1-4)

  • Describes features of places and the connections people have with places (GE1-1)
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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.