Year 1 and 2 students headed off to Manly to explore the local terrain and get a better understanding of our Indigenous history. They were lucky enough to have Dave Ella, the Aboriginal Education Officer for the Catholic Schools Office lead them around Manly and Little Manly, sharing lots of interesting information over the day.
The children learnt about how the cabbage tree palms gave materials for ropes and spears for the local Aboriginal people. The children also learnt that Norfolk Pine trees were originally planted to be used to make the masts of sailing ships. Did you know that paperbark trees were used for nappies and toilet paper? I wonder what the ply was!?!