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Aboriginal Education


Guringai Elders – contact Laurie Bimson, t: +61 438 877 509 e:

Gibberagong Program Resources

Gibberagong EEC Aboriginal Studies Teachers Resource Book A resource to support Aboriginal learning programs at Gibberagong EEC.

My People – Teacher reference book on Aboriginal People of Northern Sydney.

Caring for country resources

Caring for Country is a teacher professional learning course delivered by Gibberagong EEC. As part of this learning, teachers are required to develop a teaching resource. Below is a selection of presentations created by teachers for this course. Thank you to those teachers who shared their presentations.

Castle Cove PS Activities

Cherrybrook Technology School Grace Jones project

Riverside Girls Tracey Warzecha Ecology Enrichment

Ryde PS Julie Oliver

Stewart House Jodi Vallak

Stewart House Guringai Face Parts Lesson Plan Jodi Vallak

Traditional Games


Teaching Units/Plans

Caring for Place – Caring for Country – A Stage 1 HSIE unit of work.

Aboriginal perspectives – Strategies for adding Aboriginal perspectives across KLAs.

Aboriginal Education COG – Aboriginal content in Connected Outcome Groups.

Sydney Cultural Sites

Sydney Aboriginal Rock Engravings – information on some of Sydney’s best known sites.

Sydney’s Forgotten Aboriginal Sites – Discussion around the importance of places.

Aboriginal Languages

Aboriginal Languages document – This document contains numerous links to excellent resources across a range of topics including languages.

Darug language dictionary can be found here.

Learning About Local Country

Teaching and Learning on Darug Country This site has been developed to encourage teachers and pre-service teachers working on Darug country to set their teaching of Aboriginal histories and cultures within Darug country, and to include Darug people in their planning and teaching.

Our Place – Aboriginal Stories Three films that showcase some of the Aboriginal stories associated with the local government area, as told by descendants of the Darug and Guringai peoples and other trusted Aboriginal community leaders.

Aboriginal People of Coastal – The Australian Museum


‘We Don’t Need a Map’ documentary on SBS. A resource for teachers about the Southern Cross.

Emu dreaming – An informative article about the link between significant sites in Sydney and astronomy.

Dreaming Stories

Dharawal Dreaming Stories. Although not from the northern Sydney area, Dharawal is our neighbour. Many of these refer to the Guringai and Darug Peoples as well.

Seasonal Calendar

Indigineous Weather Knowledge This is a Dharawal calendar, however geographically (and meteorologically) similar to our location.

Bush Resources/Gardens

Bush Resource Garden Kit from State AECG can be ordered here.

Bushtuckerplantlist – Bush tucker plant list from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Easy Damper Recipe – the easiest damper recipe you will have know

Bush Tucker Shop – the online home of Kurrajong Australian Native Foods

The Bush Tucker Guide – This page is taken from a booklet written by Gemma White in 2008 on Australian bush tucker survival foods that are found in the Mitchell Park (Cattai) region of Sydney.

Land Management

Viewpoints from the New Australians on Aboriginal Land Usage and Management – A teaching resource written by Dave Lardner.

Every important colonial building in Sydney replaced a significant First Nations city site.

Articles / Journals

“Why Our Kids Should Learn Aboriginal History” – Article in ‘The Conversation’

“Aboriginal People – How to Misunderstand their Science” – Article in The Conversation’

Aboriginal fire management – part of the solution to destructive bushfires – Article in the Conversation