Local Aboriginal elder Rob Lowe guides Brauer College teachers around places of indigenous significance at Thunder Point. BRAUER College teachers have gone straight to the source while revamping the school’s indigenous studies curriculum.
Nanjing Night Net

To explain the history of Warrnambool’s early indigenous tribes, Aboriginal elder Rob Lowe this week led a group of Brauer College teachers on a walk past several points of significance between Thunder Point and the Merri River mouth.

Teacher Paul Buchanan said the school was redeveloping its indigenous studies curriculum and would incorporate this week’s history lesson into classroom teaching.

“We are very keen to work with elders and Koori community to make sure what is put into the new curriculum is culturally sensitive and relevant,” Mr Buchanan said.

“We have 37 teachers interested so we’re hoping to make it a bit of a series of talks around the district.”

Mr Lowe, who takes the walks several times a month, said it was the first time he’d led a group of teachers.

“It gives them an understanding so when they get an Aboriginal student they know first-hand what they are talking about.”

He said with 40,000 years of history there was much to tell and pass down to future generations.

“People do this walk on a daily basis but don’t know the history of the area.

“This walk will take us past areas traditionally of food source and medicine.

“These are stories I heard from my grandpa, grandma, uncles and aunties.

“Now we’re trying to get the history out there to non-indigenous people to say that our own history is alive and surviving in Warrnambool.”

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