A living classroom nods to a rich past

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28 May 2024

Stella Maris School, Beaumaris, has created a new garden and outdoor learning space which pay tribute to the first people of the area.

Opened with a smoking ceremony, the garden places traditional elements in a contemporary design to create an outdoor space in which the children can play and relax, as well as use as a flexible outdoor learning space.

Opening with a smoking ceremony

Simone, vice president of the school’s Parents & Friends Association, cut the ribbon to officially open the garden. ‘It’s wonderful that they’ve built such a beautiful space – and from what we had here before – for the students to come and play and relax in’, said Simone. ‘The smoking ceremony was really beautiful and done so considerately with the community here.’

The construction of the garden was made possible by a grant from the Victorian Government and a contribution from the Parents & Friends Association. ‘Now More Than Ever’ is the 2024 theme for National Reconciliation Week, which runs until Monday 3 June.

smoking ceremony opening the outdoor learning space