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CURRIE COUNTRY EDUCATION 

Currie Country Mentoring is led by Tyarna Larkin BSW (Hons) Jane Currie line who is a qualified social worker who is passionate about young people and building, confidence, awareness and connection to self and to country. 

 

Choose from one of our incredibly enriching programs that have been tailored and implemented with outstanding results in curriculum-based school settings and within the Early Years Learning Framework fundamentals designed as both a stand-alone workshop or a continuance of cultural education + knowledge with each stage of content designed to enhance the previous learning material, from kindy, preschool to primary and developing young adults from high school to young adult.

 

All programs are facilitated by Traditional Owners with extensive community knowledge and who are professional educators.

 

We centre the child as an active participant in the world around them.

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BULIN JALI (FRESH TREE/LEARNING NEW)

Stage 1 Grade 1-2

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The children will learn local Aboriginal language, concepts of fire as land management tool, + Indigenous engineering principles  + resource collecting enabling them to be confident + involved learners enriching their own self-identity + sense of belonging connecting them to the country that they live on.

 

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MINYUNGI JALI (WHY TREE/LEARNING ENQUIRY)

Stage 2 Grade 3-4

This school-based program focuses on the child as an autonomist learner incorporating all key learning areas of the Australian school curriculum for this stage.

 

We build on current school knowledge + complement that with Indigenous excellence, the Aboriginal contribution of excellence in the sciences, engineering, law + medicine + land care + an eco principle of responsibility. "You are enough" Utilising identified learning areas and achievement standards our program introduces a First Nations people concept that all these areas of learning are combined into a collective learning principle of the world around us and the child as an integral part of that world.

 

Children have the opportunity to develop inquiry and problem-solving skills. They will be introduced to the significance of the school’s historical landscape, the local language, cultural knowledge concepts and methodical investigation as an opportunity to enhance conceptual development.

This stage will focus on important foundational knowledge with more direct learning to the Tweed Coast area. We will

discuss the importance of totemic systems to Aboriginal culture and explore how this interdependence teaches us to care for others and nature.

 

This program culminates in a small group-based activity to develop a unique interactive Dreamtime narrative for their group based on cultural identity concepts and connection to land and community using totem relationships.

BURRAI JALI (UPWARDS TREE/ TOWARDS WISDOM)

Grades 7/8/9

This cultural program is to support the social-spiritual + emotional understanding of the world around us based on the cultural context of Aboriginal principles + learning and integrating them into outcomes for secondary maturing school-aged children.

 

The focus will be on the development of self, self-trust, and listening to gut or intuition, local Aboriginal landscape significance, rites of passage and ritual to becoming a young adult. The focus is to enliven a sense of self within the world, to feel at ease with internal knowing that "you are enough". 

They will be introduced to star mapping concepts, astronomy,  the importance of Aboriginal principles of being, at ease internally + being of service as a value within a community. This stage will be a continuation from our stages 1 – 4 providing a more in-depth understanding of our ecological systems, explain the complexities of Indigenous sciences and how Aboriginal people worked the land both pre and post

colonisation. This stage will also have strong importance on students understanding their own identity and what this means for them

The children will begin to see the ancient ways of Aboriginal culture as the world sees other ancient civilisations such as  Rome or Egypt. 

 

This will culminate in a small group activity where children will have the opportunity to build their own community with defined roles + specific concepts in line with traditional Aboriginal lore + culture leading with compassion, seeing the value in everyone else and acknowledging value within themselves to assist in developing an awareness of the current cultural landscape + develop an evaluating + reflecting skill.

There will be further exploring on country and will involve a camp locally for star lore, distance and star navigation and ancient pathway readings.

MOBO JALI
(TOMORROW TREE/YOUNG DISCOVERERS)

Grades 10/11/12

This cultural program discusses the role as "discoverer" in life and raising voices The role and responsibility of learning + exploring failing forward + showing internal courage in the belief that you are supported by ancestors, others, family + community to believe in your greatness, in your magic, in your uniqueness. 

 

We share the role of totems in Aboriginal philosophy, + theology, animal energy and life force that signals they everything has its role, its beauty, its value.

 

We explore the Aboriginal principles of patience, leaning + learning from nature the art of patience, that everything comes at the right time. We teach the art of failing forward in courage, + loving that journey.

 

We share the value of internal belief above all the chatter of the world to explore mindfulness, conscious living + learning and integrating them into outcomes for secondary school-aged children.

 

This program focuses on students being the autonomists and developers of the future. It encourages the art of mental focus, to understand intuition, gut feelings + the validation of self-trust.  The program extends on previous concepts by delving deeper into cultural competence language content and Aboriginal protocols + principles for being "enough".

In this last stage, focus is on the empowerment of our younger generation, helping cultivate their dreams and aspirations. This will also include having constructive conversations of current Indigenous issues, such as #BlackLivesMatter, Treat vs Recognition and Native Title. Stage 6 is created to help the next generation understand the wide world of possibilities they are about to enter into. This program also has a stand-alone component on the impact of human activity on the environment + the interdependence of living things.

 

A concept of sharing + building relationships, self-trust +  mindful internal communication.​ using leadership consensus-building and cooperation with others and the environment as a central theme.  This will be followed by a small group activity to assist in developing an awareness of internal faith, trust + connection to self.

 

Students will work through simple workbooks to extend the learning outcomes + demonstrate their increased knowledge to build community.

SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH CURRIE COUNTRY

Inspiration - Courage - Self Love

This senior secondary school program identifies the eight key learning areas, the seven general capabilities and the three cross-curriculum priorities and incorporates them into a workshop based interactive learning experience that can be varied dependant on ages and stages of children’s learning.

 

Our programs is designed to inspire, engage + enhance the current Australian curriculum and work alongside the education system to develop well rounded, articulate, enquiry based, self-reflecting autonomists with a sense of belonging + identity, based on Aboriginal principles. 

We believe that this stage the learning focus is interwoven with the varied complex dynamic of personality and uniqueness, connection and experiences, relationships and decision making.

"Courage to be oneself boldly"

Our program aims to interweave wellbeing, optimism, a positive attitude to learning, intrinsic motivation + the ability to construct their own understanding of the world around them + their place in it.

 

The students will be supported in a kind, safe + friendly environment as they are led through cultural concepts, hands-on activities + enquiry-based learning skills, developing self-leadership, self-love + internal confidence. 

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BIRUNG JALI (LITTLE TREE)

Age 18 seasons old (3 yrs) -
30 seasons old (5 yrs)

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This early childhood service-based package provides children with a hands-on interactive immersion experience to foster children’s learning and development with a strong focus on the fundamentals of EYLF as an Introduction to Aboriginal culture through ecosystems, and shared land care. 

The program has a strong focus on language, music, movement and art using a unique interactive experience of sounds, touch, + interaction with all senses, listening to your body, your thoughts. Getting to know imagination, dream thinking, + daydreaming, with a focus on Dreaming stories local to the Yugembeh Bundjalung area. 

We use, clap sticks, beach wave sounds, plants, ochre + dance, hearing birds, and flashcards to activate senses.

 

A group time dance style activity is followed by small hands-on groups incorporating elements that develop + enhance the key components of a child’s learning.

 

Corroborees were a celebration of uniting nations + gifts of exchange, knowledge +  information, children will be encouraged to become givers + sharers.

 

This package culminates with a native foods tasting plate and or a Young Pathfinders Experience to Fingal Head for exploring (cruise)

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