Area 6

Year 5


In term 2, Mr Neville Collard, spoke to our class about Aboriginal paintings and the use of message sticks.

All students drew and painted animals and plants, together with their own handprints. This was presented on a large calico sheet. The students who sketched pictures of Aboriginal plants/animals and implements or card, decorated in ‘dot’ fashion, typical of Aboriginal art pieces.

Marissa took the class on a walk around the school grounds, identifying bush plant/trees and their uses for Traditional people.


This included Banksia ‘candles’ Marri ‘gum trees’ for medical uses, peppermint trees, palm and woolly bush. Aboriginal names were assigned to many of the trees.

A follow up to the walk after recess saw the children do face painting as Aboriginal tribes do now and would have done in the past.