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From Waring to Guling – the seasons of the Merri Creek

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When you go to the Merri Creek at this time of year, what changes do you notice in the environment?

Muddy banks and the high, gushing waters? Moss and mushrooms sprouting between the rocks? The early signs of silver wattle flowers sprouting in the leaves?

The four-season calendar of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring has never really suited Melbourne’s variable climate.

That’s because the Wurundjeri people, like other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples, have their own seasonal markers, based on changes in the landscape.

These changes might be the types of animals they hunted, the flowers and plants they harvested or changes in the stars and weather.

As part of the Merri Creek project, our children have been fortunate enough to learn some of these seasonal markers from Uncle Dave Wandin.

“I think we should start saying the Aboriginal seasons instead of the European seasons” – Yuna, 1/2D

Right now, according to the Western calendar, it’s mid-winter. How depressing! But if you look closely, you’ll notice that already the silver wattle trees are beginning to flower – and soon magpies will be sharpening their beaks ready to swoop…

According to the Wurundjeri calendar of seven seasons, we’re now in a time of transition between Waring and Guling seasons.

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Waring season is the coldest and wettest season, with misty mornings, high rainfall and low temperatures. At this time of year Waring, or wombats, could be seen foraging about in the sunshine.

 After the rain, the rain moth emerges after living underground for years as a grub eating tree’s roots. Last term our Grade 1/2s found these rain moth casings and tunnels next to trees.

Now, as we enter term 3, we’re entering a new season called Guling, or orchid. The cold weather will start to ease and you’ll see orchids and silver wattle blooming.

Here are the seven seasons of the Kulin calendar according to Museum Victoria:

Biderap (Dry season)
Hot and dry weather, low rainfall.
Tussock grass is long and dry.
Southern Cross high in the south at sunrise.
Female common brown butterflies flying.

Iuk (Eel) season
Cooler temps.
Eels are fat and ready to harvest.
Manna Gum is flowering
Days and nights equal length.

Waring (wombat)
Misty mornings and cold, rainy days.
Days are short and nights are long
Wombats seen during day seeking sunshine.
Moth and fungi by the creek

Guling (orchid)
Cold weather eases.
Wattle and orchids blooming
Common brown butterfly caterpillars feed at night
Males koalas bellow at night

Poorneet (tadpole)
Temps rise but rain continues.
Pied currawongs calling
Yam daisies flowering.
Days and nights are of equal length.

Buath Garru (Grass flowering)
Weather is warm and rainy
Kangaroo grass flowers
Bats catch insects in flight
Male Common Brown Butterflies flying

Gunyang (Kangaroo-Apple Season)
Changeable, thundery weather.
Goannas are active
Kangaroo-apple fruit appears.
Longer days, shorter nights.

While we might not be lucky enough to see wombats ambling about in the morning sun any more, or hear koalas bellowing at night, how many of these other seasonal markers can you recognise if you keep your eyes and ears peeled?

Merri Merri News – 24 May 2019

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It is Warin (wombat) season in Wurundjeri country and we’ve been having the most amazing time with learning area 1/2s along Merri Creek. Together teachers, students and their families and/or carers, artists, educators and scientists have enjoyed learning and experiencing Merri Creek. The integrative topic of the 1/2s curriculum this term is: My city, in response the creekulum team organised sessions in collaboration with teachers to create a sense of place and connection to place through learning about the history, waterways, seasons and more-than-human living forms of our city.

On the first week Sarita and Meg did an introduction to the program and for many students it was the first time ever to visit Merri Merri creek. We learned how important is to acknowledge Country with our own words and from the heart and we talked about the many things we learned with Uncle Bill and Mandy Nicholson and the Djirri Djirri dancers at the Welcome to Country. On this week many of us found casings of the rain moth, a moth that comes out in Warin season after the rain after been living underground as a grub eating tree’s roots for years.

On the second week Angela from Merri Creek Management Committee came to share with us all her knowledge and ideas about the creek. We saw a very big map of the Merri Merri and with some of Angela’s bush toys we learned more about the fabulous odyssey of iuk (short finn eel) and then we had a close look to the water and saw how fast water bugs move, we saw so many different types of small living creatures! We draw them and then we moved like them.

On the third and fourth week Briony and Gregory from Scale Free Network joined us and we’ve been learning so much about scales. They shared a presentation called “Merri Merri from BIG to small” and we have been using portable microscopes along the creek to look at bark, trees, leaves, insects, hair, skin, soil, plants, and so many more things! This week we’ve been learning more about baan (water) and we saw a projection of one drop of water of Merri Creek and we couldn’t believe how many living beings make their home in one drop
of water!

Next week is the last week of 1/2s creekulum and we will have Addrienne to come along. Adrienne is a weaver who has been experimenting with weaving for many years and learning from Indigenous weavers for many years in the Northern Territory. She will guide us to harvest local grass and make a bush toy.

Merri Merri News – 6 June 2019

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There’s been a lot of things happening at the creek! Perhaps the most important is that we finished our first 5-weeks along Merri Merri with 1/2s learning area last week and it was great! But our program has far from ended and there are many exciting things we want to share.

Uncle Dave Wandin coming to meet 1/2s learning area

On Tuesday 18th June at 12pm we’ll have the honour of welcoming Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin to our school. Uncle Dave is visiting us to have a conversation with 1/2 students about their experiences walking and learning with Country at Merri Merri creek. It will be a wonderful opportunity for our students, teachers and community to get to talk and share their learning with Uncle Dave.

Uncle Dave is one of the keepers of water and fire knowledge of the Wurundjeri tribe and has ample experience sharing this knowledge with young people. The Firestick project – a partnership between Uncle Dave from the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council and Dixons Creek Primary School – was awarded with the Australian Disaster Resilient National School Award in 2018. The book “Shh The Parent Trees are Talking” was produced during this project and can be found here:

Parents and carers of 1/2 students are welcome to attend the session.

 Learning to read Country – Reflections of the 1/2 creekulum with Uncle Bill Nicholson


To prepare for one of theIndigenous knowledge weeks of the creekulum for 1/2 students we had a consultation session with Angela Foley from Merri Creek Management Committee, weaver Adrienne Kneebone, Sarita Galvez and Uncle Bill Nicholson. We discussed the program so far and how children have been making interesting findings along the creek, such as seasonal markers of Warin season (cold and wet season). Over the last five weeks, children have found rain moth’s casings, moth’s tunnels next to trees, fungi, we listened to the wind through the leaves and have felt the rain, seen the water from the streets of Coburg falling through the drains right to Merri Creek and harvested native grasses according the law of Country. All these are local seasonal markers and makings. In response to these stories Uncle Bill said “these children are learning to read Country, this is important because they are learning now how to take care of it.”He continued to talk to us about the importance of enacting the law of Caring for Country for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living on Wurundjeri land.

Reconciliation week – Reflection by Sharmila Blair and Sirous Safari

Last Thursday the 30th of May, we held a gathering about “what reconciliation means to us” after school. We moved around a circle and had mini “listening post” conversations with parents and their children about the meaning of reconciliation for us as a school community. I believe at the heart of reconciliation is acknowledgment of past wrongs committed against the First Peoples of our nation, and embracing the real stories.Storieswhich are vastly different from those manyparents were taught in school during the seventies and eighties. It is about encouraging our children to learn this story and to discussthe difficult questions about our history. Reconciliation also involves responsibility in the here and now. For me, as a Moreland Primary parent, it is about moving towards community, it is about conversation and connection, it is moving out of our comfort zones towards others who are different from us.

We are planning to continue creating spaces for connection, reflection and discussion. More information soon. If you’d like to contribute with ideas, please drop us a line at

Creekulum for 5/6s

In close collaboration with 5/6s teacher team, we are now preparing and planning our creekulum program for 5/6 learning area and we are very excited about what’s coming! Uncle Bill Nicholson will deliver the Indigenous Knowledge component, Angela Foley from Merri Creek Management Committee, Briony and Gregory from Scale Free Network and Meg Petrie (Storyteller/ACMI) will be running digital storytelling workshops. Students will start their program at the end of this term and continue as soon as they get back in Term 3! Soon students, parents and/or carers from 5/6 learning area will receive more information and a consent form to send back to school. And we will need parents, carers and/or grandparents volunteering to walkto the creek and join in the sessions. If you have any comments/questions get in touch via email to

Social media & communications

We have now set an Instagram account of our creekulum project. Follow us in @creekulum_moreland_primary to keep up to date.

Also Marty and Mariko (Isa’s parents) and Tom (Juna’s dad) are making magic with an amazing website/blog and a communication plan. In parallel Chris (Astrid and Thea’s mum) and Emma (Nell’s mum) are preparing a seasonal project plan to have at school and online.

Upstream – Zine

The team at Upstream are getting ready to put issue two to bed. Students from all year levels have so far contributed articles, interviews, games, stories, poems and pictures. The deadline for submissions is now Monday the 17th of June, so if you have something you’ve been thinking about, time to get it done! Contributions can be made to the art room on Monday lunch times, to any of the editors, or to

Podcast – Upcoming!

Bryan (Sam and Nahuel’s dad) will begin a new adventure at MPS: our very own podcast program! What is a podcast? It’s like an online radio, so if you like sound making, sound recording and having conversations maybe these podcast sessions are for you. They are designed to be children-led and create an inclusive space for students of all learning areas. This will happen fortnightly at lunchtime starting on Tuesday the 18thJune. Parents/carers that want to get involved please contact Bryan (

Young Dark Emu – Listening to Uncle Bruce Pascoe

This is an extract of a recent opinion piece published by Uncle Bruce Pascoe in The Guardian speaking of his recently published book “Young Dark Emu”.

“…We need our children to care about the planet like those who have saved the whales for the enjoyment and reassurance of all. We need our children to consider the orthodoxy of the world, and examine it for its merit. That is called education.

When I was told at school that Aboriginal people were wanderers and the most backward people on Earth, I was ashamed rather than rebellious. Inquiry had been drilled out of me. By the time elders had drilled it back in, years after I left university, I began using the greatest research tools of all: curiosity and doubt.

We don’t need the kind of doubt that cripples us into inaction, but the kind that inspires generous thirst for investigation. I want students to read Young Dark Emu, not to vindicate my own opinion but to raise a platform for vigorous inquiry and generous doubt”

Read more in:

And this

Merri Merri News – 21 June 2019

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5/6s Creekulum started this week!
With a smoking and welcome to Country ceremony lead by Uncle Bill Nicholson at Merri Merri creek, 5/6s students, teachers and pre-service teachers started their first week of creekulum last Monday. We had a great time learning about Wurundjeri culture and thehistory of this land and waterways. Students told Uncle Bill about their play presented last week and he was very pleased listening to students telling a truer version of Australian history.

We learned some greetings and words in Woi-wurrung language as well as the importance of lore, language, land and family with interesting conversations about land rights. For instance, we learned that Wurundjeri tribe owns only 0.7% of land in Victoria. We talked about the importance of caring for Country and how this is a practice we all, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to this land can cultivate and practice in our everyday life.

Next week 5/6s students will be working on digital storytelling with Meg Petrie who has
been working with young people and storytelling for years in ACMI.

Uncle Dave Wandin visited 1/2s last Tuesday
It was wonderful to welcome Uncle Dave Wandin in learning area 1/2 last Tuesday. Students were able to talk to him about their experiences and findings along Merri Merri creek. They talked about the importance of collecting rubbish and keeping Country healthy, they told Uncle Dave about the moth’s casing they found and Uncle told them about their importance in the ecosystem from a Wurundjeri perspective.

Uncle Dave also told 1/2s students about Bunjil the creator spirit and some very amazing stories. Everyone loved the story of the creation of the Birrarung (Yarra) river and Merri Merri creek by Bunjil and Balayang (the bat spirit). That is an ancient story that was passed to Uncle Dave by his ancestors and we’re very honoured that he shared it with us, ask your children to tell you the story at home!

He also brought to school hardcopies of his award-winning book “Parent trees are talking”, written in collaboration with children of Dixons Creek Primary School. You can download it and share it with your children following this link:

Social media
If you want to keep up to date with our program, follow us in Instagram:
Upcoming dates
Creekulum start date for 3/4 learning area: Monday 26th August with Indigenous
Knowledges in Term 3.


Merri Merri News – 28 June 2019

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Creekulum Newsletter – End of Term 2

Upstream Zine #2 

Big shout out to all who participated in the creation of the amazing stories, drawings and reports of Upstream #2!

Inspired in the odyssey of the short fin eel or iuk in Woi Wurrung that swim thousands of kilometers upstream to live in the Merri Merri and many other creeks, our zine is a student-led initiative that emerged as a manifestation of the fun, creative and risky adventure of our project.

This week Nathan (Emmett and Delilah’s dad and a main conspirator!) and the editorial team have printed and put together the zines! They will be available on the last day of school at 2:30 pm for a gold coin donation. Come and get yourself a great holiday reading!

Everyone is welcome to come and join the team for next term.

Community walks – Family connection to Merri Merri

As an extension to the Merri Merri Creek Project the kids are enjoying at school, we are trying to engage families outside of school time to participate in a walk along the creek from Coburg to the confluence of the Merri Creek and the Yarra River at Birrarung/Yarra Bend Park. This area is of deep significance to the Wurundjeri People and would be a really nice place to visit and acknowledge as part of our growing appreciation for Indigenous history and connection to land.  The following video was produced by the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne and is a nice taster of where we will finish the walk

As the total distance is approximately 8km we have decided to break the walk up into 3 separate sections which will be walked on 3 different days.  We are planning the walk over 3 Sundays over 3 months.

Suggested dates for walk:

21 July

18 August

15 September

Each walk will be approximately 5km return, beginning with a welcome and perhaps a game or introduction or intention for the walk. We believe this will be a manageable distance for most kids 4-5 years of age and above (however we can also let people know the start and end points if they want to organise one way journeys etc).

So, lock in these dates and join the Merri brigade for a beautiful walk down at the creek.  Needless to say, families are most welcome to walk one or all parts of the walk.

Seth Consedine (Arlo and Tobias’ dad)

Merri Merri Creek Team

Come and join the 5/6 creekulum program 

If you are a parent, carer or grandparent of a 5/6 student you are more than welcome to join the 5/6 program along Merri Creek. We value the presence of members of our community as active participants in the process. You can join one session or all of them. Students will leave school at 11:30 am from Monday to Thursday for the four first weeks of term and come back at 3:30 pm.  Because we’re in cold and wet season and our program runs mainly outdoors don’t forget your raincoat, warm clothes and comfy shoes. You need a Working with Children Check and you can apply for free (as volunteer) here:

Week 1 – Term 3

 Angela Foley

From Merri Creek Management Committee

 Discovery week

Participants will find their meter square* of the Merri Creek to study.

(*or a cubic meter of water or air!)

Week 2 – Term 3

Briony and Gregory

From Scale Free Network

Participants will explore their chosen meter square of Merri Creek using different scientific and artistic techniques

Week 3 – Term 3

Briony and Gregory

From Scale Free Network

Participants will explore their chosen meter square of Merri Creek using different scientific and artistic techniques

Week 4 – Term 3

Uncle Bill Nicholson

From Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council

 Participants will understand their chosen meter square of Merri Creek through Wurundjeri knowledges

Merri Merri News – 19 July 2019

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Creekulum news

The metre square adventure of 5/6s continues!

We came back to continue our explorations of one a metre square of Merri creek can tell us about our local ecosystems? This week 5/6s worked with Angela Foley from Merri Creek Management Committee learning about measurement practices and more about Merri Creek. We all learned heaps!

Invitation to participate with Scale Free Network

This is a message from Briony & Gregory from Scale Free Network: art-science collaborative

Hello! We have an exciting two weeks of Creekulum activities lined up with the Year 5/6 students and would love to invite parents and grandparents to take part. If you are able to join us from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm on any of the following days, we promise you an entertaining, educational exploration of the Merri Creek!  Dates: Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th July. Monday 29th July – Thurs 1st August. Please get in touch with Natalie to let us know you’ll be joining us. The more the Merri-er 🙂

Raincoats donations

If you have raincoats size 10 to adult size that you no longer use, please bring them to the office as we’re collecting raincoats to have spare ones for 5/6s students (and 3/4s later this term). Thanks!

Merri Merri Walks
As mentioned in Compass we are planning some walks along the Merri Creek to coincide with the activities the children are doing as part of the Merri Merri Creek project. We are planning 3 walks on the following Sundays:

28 July (this has changed from the 21st July)
18 August
15 September

Each walk will be begin at 2pm and be approximately 5km return, beginning with a welcome and perhaps a game or introduction or intention for the walk. We believe this will be a manageable distance for most kids 4-5 years of age and above (however we can also let people know the start and end points if they want to organise one way journeys etc).

We will have someone talk through this at this Monday’s assembly to give a bit more information about how the walks will proceed and where we will be going.

Merri Merri News – 2 August 2019

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Change of season: bye bye Warin, welcome Guling!

At the moment there are a few seasonal calendars in Wurundjeri land because the process of reconnecting with knowledge and Country has been deeply affected by the effects of colonialism. Despite their differences, all Kulin seasonal calendars agree that European seasons: Autumn, winter, spring and summer do not correspond with the seasonal changes in this land and they are defined by the interactions of plants, animals and weather, as well as the length of the days and the movement of the stars. In our creekulum we’ve been using Aunty Joy Murphy’s “Seven seasons” calendar and observing seasonal markers along Merri Merri creek.

Warin season surprised us with hundreds of rain moth’s casings along the creek, fungi, cold weather, strong winds and rain. But now, the blooming of the wattle in bright yellow is announcing the change to Guling season (also known as orchid season). Also, birds have been very present this last couple of weeks, we’ve been observing Tawny frog mouths perching on gumtree’s branches and have been visited by Kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, galahs, magpies, honey suckers and more!

The metre square adventure of 5/6s continues!

This was the last week of Scale Free Network: What an adventure! 5/6 students, teachers and parents explored the creek with all their senses and using scientific tools such as microscopes to learn more about the invisible worlds we are part of!

Invitation to participate with Uncle Dave Wandin and Uncle Bill Nicholson next week

Next week for the last week of 5/6s creekulum program we’ll continue to learn from Wurundjeri Elders about the Merri Merri creek ecosystems (or creekosystems a new word coined this week!) and the square metres that students have chosen to do their research

 You’re welcome to join for these sessions. Students and teachers will leave school from Monday to Thursday around 11:40 to meet with Uncle Dave (on Monday) and Uncle Bill (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Raincoats donations

If you have raincoats size 10 to adult size that you no longer use, please bring them to the office as we’re collecting raincoats to have spare ones for 5/6s students (and 3/4s later this term). Thanks!

Upcoming news

3/4s program is coming soon! Starting Monday Aug 19th 3/4s students will be learning about biodiversity with a focus in Indigenous knowledges and storytelling. So it’s a good time for parents and/or carers of 3/4s students to get your Working with Children Check ready to be able to volunteer and join the fun!

If you need help applying to your Working with Children Check get in touch with Sarita to

Festival of the soil – 18th August at ArtPlay (free family event)

Scale Free Network  – Nema and the Xenos book launch

Everyone invited to attend the Festival of the soil at artplay, our friends from Scale Free Network will be launching their book “Nema and the Xenos: A story of soil cycles” and there will be lots of fun activities about soil!

See more:

On Sunday 28 July a group of Moreland Primary School families came together to walk along the Merri Creek to build connection with the creek and the Merri Merri Creek project. Over a series of three walks we will complete the entire distance from Coburg to the meeting place of the creek and the Yarra. We had a great walk and would love to see even more families join us for the next walk on 18 August 2019. More details about the next walk below.

Parent reflection on Merri Merri Creek walk

Have you ever stopped long enough to hear and differentiate the sounds around you? This is how our walk along Merri Creek as families from MPS began on Sunday at 2pm. We stood in a circle, closed our eyes, and concentrated on whatever we could “hear”, from bird calls, to traffic, to the ebb and flow of the rhythmic waters of the Merri creek. It was like we were transported into a different time and space. This guided walk is one of a series of 3 walks along the Merri Creek, led by Seth, one of our school dads. During this ‘silent’ time at the start we paused to be still, to reflect on what we were grateful for, and there was opportunity to share this with the group. Acknowledging the gift of Merri Creek, those who have cared for the creek to make it what it is today, and those in the past who have tread along its windy, well-worn paths. It is truly an oasis in the midst of busy suburbia. A place that is full of things to observe, to care for, to share with others.

Our families walked and talked and by the end of the couple of hours (5 km), we felt that we had ‘experienced’ something special together. It was that familiar feeling of having spent a ‘camp weekend’ with others, where you are a little sad to say goodbye! We shared afternoon tea half way through the walk, and stopped to chat, to play. There were children who stopped to roll down a big hill, and one adult who also joined them in this frivolous fun! We hope that other families join us for the next walk! We certainly are looking forward to it!

Sharmila Blair

Next walk

When: 1:30pm 18 August 2019

Who: Everyone is welcome

What should I bring: A snack to share, water and weather appropriate clothes

Distance: Approx 5km total

Where: We will start and finish in the same place – next to the creek, just south of Arthurton Rd in Northcote – see map


Email Kate or Seth

Merri Merri News – 16 August 2019

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5/6 Merri Merri program- news

Last week we had our last week of Wurundjeri knowledge with 5/6s students along Merri Creek. Students presented their square metre to Wurundjeri Elders Uncle Dave and Uncle Bill and we had the opportunity to learn about their perspective as Traditional Custodians of the Land. Many thanks to the 5/6 teaching team and students for an awesome time learning on Merri Creek! It was a wonderful way of finishing the program for 5/6s and we are excited that next week it’s 3/4s turn!

Volunteers needed – 3/4s parents and carers we need you!

After running 1/2s and 5/6s programs we have a conclusion: The more the merri-er!

So please considering taking time to join the 3/4s Merri Creek program starting next Monday 19thof August, leaving 11:30am from MPS. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Next week we have Wurundjeri knowledge week with Uncle Dave Wandin (Monday) and Uncle Bill Nicholson (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).

Here’s Fox’s mum (5/6s) Elisa Peluso story:

“I had a wonderful experience accompanying 5/6  group on the Merri creek program.
I was lucky to meet and listen to uncle Bill speak about his culture & the stories were heartwarming! Uncle Bill has a beautiful way with children to get them involved.
We are so lucky to be giving  this opportunity to our children!

Thank you to all who have help with this program it’s been amazing!!”

Raincoats and ponchos donations for 3/4 students

If you have raincoats or ponchos size 8+ please consider donating them to have spare raincoats for our program. So students can keep nice and dry at the creek in case it rains! Please bring your donations to the office.

Walking along Merri Creek – community walk this Sunday 18th August

This is a gentle reminder about the Merri Creek family walk which is happening this Sunday as part of the Merri Merri Creek Project. This is our 2nd walk and takes us one step closer in our journey towards the confluence with the Birrarung (Yarra River).

The walk will begin at 1:30pm on Sunday the 18th of August at Phillips Reserve in Brunswick East. The walk will proceed at a leisurely pace along the creek to approximately Coulson Reserve where we will stop and have a shared plate of food and possibly an activity.  We will then slowly make our way back to Phillips Reserve.

There is plenty of flexibility for families to do as little or as much of the walk as they feel they are comfortable with or even just to share in a plate of food when we stop in the middle of the walk. You can get hold of us on the day by texting or calling Seth (0406 361 183) or Kate (0427 332 800) if you need details about where or when we will stopping.

The walk will progress regardless of the weather so rain jackets and a cheery disposition are a must for this time of the year.Any concerns, please get in touch with one of the Merri Merri Creek project team or talk to Seth, Kate or Sarita in the yard.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday

Warm Regards
Merri Merri Creek Project Team

Merri Merri News – 30 August 2019

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MPS has totem animals: Welcome Tawny Frogmouth and Iuk the Short Finned Eel to our school community!

Last Thursday during smoking ceremony with Uncle Bill, 3/4D students, teachers and parents were given the task to communicate to our school very important news. After many encounters with Tawny Frog Mouth along the Merri Merri and stories shared about the Short Finned Eel, Uncle Bill invited us to notice that their presence was important for us and proposed us to receive them as our school Totem Animals!

But what is a Totem Animal?

The totem is usually an animal or other natural figure that spiritually represents a group of related people such as a clan.

What does it mean to us?

We all need to figure it out this together! But a good step is start learning more about these animals and how they might live good lives along the Merri Merri!

MPS’s ceremonial grounds along Merri Merri creek

After many smoking ceremonies with 5/6 and 3/4s students, Uncle Bill recognised a particular spot along Merri Merri as our ceremonial grounds that’s where we get together to have smoking ceremony and learn with Country. You probably won’t notice this special place if you walk along Merri Merri because we leave no trace but a bit of ashes! But if you talk to any 3/4s students or 5/6s students they can take you there! Even more, a group of 5/6s chose the specific fire place as their metre square for the project.

3/4 program it’s going amazing!

It’s been two excellent weeks with 3/4s students, teachers and parents/carers learning with the Merri Merri creek. On week 1 we had smoking ceremony and learning with Country with Wurundjeri Elders Uncle Dave Wandin and Uncle Bill Nicholson. We all learn so much!

And this week we’ve been exploring soil with Briony and Gregory from Scale Free Network and students have explored the Merri Merri (and the school) using all their senses and also microscopes! We’ve been listening, storying, and playing with soil. Briony and Gregory shared with students their last book: “Nema and the Xenos, A story of soil cycles” (published by CSIRO).

Next week they will take us on water wonderings! All parents/carers with Working With Children Check are welcome to join the fun…and you will also learn heaps!

Land rights conversations in MPS

After studying the Land Rights movement through Eddie Mabo’s story in Torres Straight Islands and the implication to Australian history on land rights, next Wednesday 4th September at 9:30 am, 3/4s students will welcome Ross (Sim and Ben’s grandfather) who as a lawyer was part of the Land Rights process in NT and was involved in the famous case of Gurindji station and Vincent Lingiari that inspired Paul Kelly’s song “From little things big things grow”. If you are a parent/carer interested in coming along please contact Sarita (

Treaty in Victoria

We are living historical times in Victoria in relation to Aboriginal land rights and sovereignty. There is a group of parents/carers interested in creating spaces for our community to discuss these topics and how we can learn more to support this process. If you are interested in connecting and making this happen get in touch with Emma at

More info,