Bourke Public School

The community created a permanent water feature at the school, with symbols relevant to the four Aboriginal groups that live within the Bourke region.

Video – Bourke Public School

Duration – 5:04

Students at Bourke Public School learn about, and celebrate, their culture as they build an artwork at their school as part of the Kaldor Your Public Art Project.

when people say oh I want them to think

that our culture is still alive I want

them to feel inspired about their

artworks and you try and they'll be

ashamed of it

our school is about 80 percent

indigenous some of the children are a

little bit disconnected and they're

drifting away from their culture a

little bit

decided that they can bring their

culture back and inspire other kids

they're working on a cultural sculpture

that's going to be down in a culture

area in their school and it will consist

of didgeridoos and also cool and so it's

men and women's business is gonna be

telling stories it's gonna have columns

on the did you do I have water running

out into the cooler moons the symbolism

will be coming together at the river

named Baba fangy faithfulness to God and

a and Scott learn Aboriginal all

divergent a lot


but explain the do's and don'ts about

respecting land respecting culture watch

out for snakes

when you go out to the bush and the kids

realize that the back on country and

they're away from all the distractions

in town they really get a sense of

belonging somewhere I was a standing you

learn all this stuff about every new

country in Aboriginal art this is your

country alcohol took them through the

bush to to show them how to identify

what trees were suitable to be used for

didgeridoo is you go look for the right

tree and not go down in this me so take

another bark off it


I've come back to school and then

they've started working on a story to

put onto their didgeridoos oh my did you

do a poly paint Adam might item is

actually at Eagle everyone tells me and

that's what it guards me for things a

little bit my title made the Sango in

name by country a black kangaroo he's my

title and it means to me when I say one

very safe now I'm gonna make it

somewhere safe kangaroo footprints

the girls have reported their stories on

to the cool events I tired on shoes a

dingo and a goanna

what's your drug Wonka Mara and

barkindji they're learning great things

about the history out on the truck

yes somewhere in there there's a

connection wherever they're from and

whatever their totem is this a

connection this is the creek footprints

she's gonna aim you trying to

to see them really in engage and the

painting and the design and even their

story writing is wonderful it's

wonderful and I can't wait to see the

project finish the skull feel that was

building it could learn people or teach

people that Aboriginal art works not be

play with door bursts away broken


some sculpture like this and brings a

lot of pride it's a privileged familiar

to work with such connected kids worth a

big time

we really want to make a big mark our

scope of public school and we want to

show it off to everyone I hope that the

students will get a sense of belonging

and being empowered with bringing their

culture back so they can pass it on

you know future used to go up to better

our country and people bring the garb

you can carry on with the stories that

you have been told and passing on ok

that guy down the generations

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