Two children holding boomarangs as an elder smiles beside them

Connect to Coranderrk – Local Aboriginal Cultures and Histories


Thursday 29 August 2019


9.30am - 4pm


FREE for Zoos Victoria members ($72 to join as a teacher member) and CECV teachers


Call 1300 966 784

Teacher professional development

In this unique professional development experience, Wurundjeri headman, Murrundindi, will guide you through a full-day program where you will learn about ceremony, value of country, impacts of European settlement, the story of Coranderrk and William Barak, caring for country and how to create learning environments that celebrate and respect Aboriginal histories and cultures.

Experience hands-on activities you can take back to school: bush tucker and medicine, eel traps and basket weaving as well as learning about hunting, animal totems and the use of fire.

Explore the rich indigenous heritage of Coranderrk and Healesville Sanctuary and discuss the excursion options available. Have close up encounters with plants and animals and hear their dreaming stories and significance to the Wurundjeri people to enrich your understanding.

On the day you will:

  • Participate in a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony and learn about cultural protocols with Wurundjeri headman Murrundindi
  • Experience close up encounters with plants and animals and learn about their dreaming stories and significance to the Wurundjeri people
  • Explore the spiritual, cultural and aesthetic value of country to the Wurundjeri people including significant mountains, rivers and trees
  • Investigate the impact and effects (intended and unintended) of European settlement in Victoria
  • Discover the story of Coranderrk which represents the symbolic struggle for identity, land and culture that continues to the present day
  • Learn about William Barak, leader of the Wurundjeri at Coranderrk at the end of the 19th Century, who was a great protector of Wurundjeri traditions and culture
  • Explore how Healesville Sanctuary protects and conserves the heritage, culture and artefacts of Aboriginal people and excursion options for your school
  • Enjoy lemon myrtle tea and an indigenous-themed lunch

This professional development supports links to Victorian Curriculum 5–10 Geography and History and is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following:

  • Standard: 2.1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
  • Standard: 2.4 – Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • Standard: 3.3 – Include a range of teaching strategies.

You will receive a certificate for professional development hours.