Time to have a yarn

Time to have a yarn

Brenton Thorne, Tommy Tressider, Southern River College teacher Richard Kickett, Darren Riley and Ezekeial Winter.

A Yarning Circle was officially opened at Southern River College this week in a ceremony led by Noongar teacher Richard Kickett.

The proceedings commenced with an Acknowledgement of Country delivered by elder Cathy Bynder, followed by a short speech from principal Heath Dullard, who expressed gratitude to all involved in establishing the Yarning Circle.

Mr Dullard warmly welcomed guests and emphasised the importance of culture.

A barbeque celebration followed with entertainment provided by the school’s Aboriginal dance group.

The Yarning Circle has been taking shape at Southern River College over the past few months with a firepit and seating installed in a garden filled with Australian plants.

Within the space stands a mural that has been designed and created by a group of Aboriginal students as part of their leadership program.

Yarning circles have been part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years and provide a place for storytelling, sharing knowledge, and honouring culture.

They are a place to talk, discuss, and have a yarn. In these circles, individuals have equal standing, welcome diverse experiences and ideas, and create positive relationships.

Richard Kickett said that the opening was a success with a large number of staff, students, family and community members attending.

“It was great to see so many people come along to the opening of our Yarning Circle. Everyone was really positive and I’m sure the circle will be a place of many stories, new knowledge and deeper understandings for a long time into the future,” he said.