It was the ‘third time lucky’, but the day had finally arrived with the weather looking promising for a much-anticipated Year 4 excursion to the You Yangs. As part of the focus on our current Year 4 theme titled ‘My Place’ which explores Aboriginal and Indigenous Australian culture and traditions coupled with our Stephanie Alexander Garden program, everyone was keen to explore the area and were looking forward to the culinary delights that had been planned.

As part of the rotations on offer, students had the opportunity to explore and walk up to the top of ‘Flinders Peak’ where the famous Australian explorer Matthew Flinders had once walked. Then came the time to cook a range of different foods including delicious Kangaroo skewers and patties with traditional native herbs. And what type of cooking experience over hot coals would be complete without fresh damper! Needless to say, the students were delighted with the final product and there was no trace of any food left! In addition to these activities, everybody was challenged with the task of working in teams to create small shelters using natural resources such as sticks, bark and anything else that could be used.

We would like to acknowledge Peter Watts for his ongoing assistance with the Stephanie Alexander Garden program and his coordination in preparing of the food for this experience. A big thankyou is also extended to our parent helpers John Spry and Matt Rowe.

Steven Tkaczuk and Carrie Veith

Yr 4 Teachers