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Laying cultural foundation

Shepparton High School making Indigenous garden as part of Parental and Community Engagement Project.

SIONNIE KELLY August 12, 2014 3:44am

Year 12 VCAL student Zinnuri Ergunen, 18, is helping to build an Indigenous garden at Shepparton High School.


Shepparton High School VCAL students were busy laying the foundation for their Parental and Community Engagement Project yesterday.

The project will see an Indigenous garden built at the high school thanks to a $7700 grant from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


The garden will include native plants, redgum seating, a wood fire oven with a Yorta Yorta turtle mosaic image on the outside of it and flags representing the school population at its base.

VCAL co-ordinator Danny Lythgo said there were about 40 different cultures represented at the school and the project was about inclusiveness.


‘‘We want to tie inclusion and involvement with parents to help us with selection of native plants that we could use,’’ he said.

My Lythgo said there were about 30 students involved with the project and it was expected to take four to five weeks to complete.

‘‘It’s been a dream to have one of these at the school with the wood fire oven as the centrepiece,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re building something that is going to be used for many years into the future.’’


Year 12 VCAL student Kelsey Magill said she was excited about the project.

‘‘We’ve never really had anything like this in our school before,’’ she said.


Kelsey said once the project was completed, it would help bring the school together.

‘‘We’re a very multicultural school, so we don’t like to leave anyone out and we like to embrace every culture,’’ she said.

‘‘We do a lot of Indigenous stuff around the school, which is really good.’’

Year 12 VCAL student Wilfred Stewart has been able to contribute to the project as an Indigenous Australian.

He said the project was exciting because it would help create a place for students to hang out.

‘‘I think when we build the pizza oven we’re going to be using it for when kids get rewarded for doing good stuff,’’ he said.


Wilfred said the project was important for the school so students could learn more about culture and the community.

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