Cultural Trip for Year 8s

Stars makes a point of recognising and celebrating the commitment and achievements of the First Nations girls and young women in our programs.

Year 8 Geraldton Stars who have consistently followed the Stars Values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment, Pride – met school expectations, and attended school regularly were recently treated to a camp to Monkey Mia and Shark Bay.

An amazing sunset cruise across the bay gave the girls a chance to view turtles, birds, and marine animals in their natural habitat. This was followed by a dolphin-feeding session where students were able to get up close to the dolphins, but weren’t allowed to feed them for fear of the dolphins catching COVID.

During a visit to Shark Bay, the girls enjoyed a trip to the local museum, where they learnt about the ancient cultural ties of the region’s First People (Nhanda and Malgana people) and the impact of colonisation there.

On the last night the students attended a Didgeridoo Campfire with Wula Guru Nyinda Eco Cultural Adventures. It was a fabulous night-time adventure for the girls, where they learnt more about local culture and the fascinating history of Gutharraguda (the Aboriginal name for Shark Bay meaning ‘Two Waters’), listened to the Didgeridoo and heard stories of the Dreamtime.

It was a very special trip that really inspired the girls to return to Geraldton and learn more about their country and culture.