The use of a Yarning Circle is an important part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. In Queensland, yarning circles are increasingly being used as a teaching and learning strategy to enhance students’ understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and ways of working.
In 2019, Visionstream partnered with Toowoomba Regional Council and the Queensland Department of Education to help deliver a project for students at Oakey State High School under the Learning Circles program.
The completion of this program was officially celebrated, with a handover to Oakey State High School students, last month.
Learning Circles is a government-led initiative that supports Indigenous students, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, to explore leadership, and develop the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to enjoy and achieve success.
In partnership with Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland Department of Education and Landcare, Visionstream had the honour of being involved in this special program by establishing:
- a native habitat area
- 400m walking path
- Traditional yarning circle.
The handover event was a lot of fun and was a great way for everyone involved in this project to gather and celebrate.
Attendees were privileged to witness and hear Aboriginal culture in practice, with a ‘welcome to country’ by the Jarrowair custodians of the Gummingurru country, and a fascinating lecture from local indigenous artist, Jason Lawler who designed and built the yarning circle with the support of the Learning Circles students.
Local elder and program coordinator, Daryl Docherty, spoke of the program highlights and the magnificent achievements of the Learning Circles students.
In true Queensland style, the event concluded with a sausage sizzle and hotly contested game of softball… proving they’re multi-talented experts in many fields, Visionstream’s team even managed to sneak home with a narrow win!
The highlight of this special day was, of course, the chance to meet and hear from the inspiring students involved in Learning Circles. A tremendous experience for Visionstream to be part of, and one that will be remembered for a long time by all those involved.