Friday, 21 September 2012
Students discovered the rich history and culture of ECU’s Kurongkurl Katitjin building and surrounding areas as part of their submissions in the My Favourite Spaces competition.
The international competition, run by Open House, is in its inaugural year in Perth and is open to students aged 9 to twelve.
The competition gives students the chance to share why a certain building is their favourite space through writing poems.
Year five students from Mount Lawley Primary were invited to Kurongkurl Katitjin to investigate if it could be their favourite place. They were given a tour of the building by Cultural Awareness Officer Jason Barrow, who shared some of the unique stories associated with the building.
Mr Barrow led the students on a journey through the surrounding native gardens and discussed the six Nyoongar seasons and the connection with what happens in each season.
They also discussed the stories portrayed in the tiled artwork built into the pathways around the building, which are designed and compiled by Indigenous artists.
The tour ended on a high when the students took the huge Wagyl (rainbow serpent) through the surrounding gardens. The serpent was specifically made to celebrate NAIDOC Week this year.
The My Favourite Spaces competition closes on Friday, 5 October. The Open House Festival weekend will be held on Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 November.
For more information visit the Kurongkurl Katitjin webpages.