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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture are a priority across the Australian Curriculum.

At Currumbin State School all students engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living culture. We place great importance on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students being able to see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum of each of the key learning areas. We address the systems that connect people physically and spiritually to Country/Place  and the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ culture through language, ways of life and experiences as expressed through historical, social and political lenses.


Our Curriculum is focussed on-

  • Deepening all student’s knowledge that contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, resilient, rich and diverse through the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People.
  • The understanding and knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ law (lore), languages, dialects and literacies. The kinship system structures and the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on a local, national and global scale.
  • The historical concepts and experiences before, during and after European colonisation including the nature of contact with other peoples, and their progress towards recognition and equality.
  • The scientific knowledge about the world through observation, using all the senses, prediction and hypothesis and within specific contexts such as the use of food, natural materials, navigation and sustainability of the environment.
  • The relationships between People, Culture and Country/Place and how they can be conveyed through The Arts, their expression in living communities, and the way these build Identity.

Our teaching and learning practices include but are not limited to-

  • Oral narrative traditions and contemporary literature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural groups. Investigating Aboriginal stories, found from online sources, school indigenous support staff and creating visual multimodal texts
  • Exploring performance poetry, chants and songs
  • Discussions and respectful conversations through yarning circles
  • Identifying examples and features of different kinds of spoken, non-verbal, written and visual communication. Recognising that there are more than 250 Aboriginal languages with approx. 750 different dialects and 2 main languages of the Torres Strait Islands that all languages and dialects are of equal value, although we use different ones in different contexts.
  • Understanding how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of time and weather patterns explain how things happen in the world around them 
  • People’s knowledge of the local natural environment, such as the characteristics of plants and animals
  • Learning how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples used observation of the night sky to assist with navigation.
  • Identifying places students consider important and explaining why the connection is special to them
  • Exploring how oral traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples were used to map landscapes
  • Exploring the impact that British colonisation had on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  


Jarjums Life Museum Project

In 2017 Currumbin State School’s Indigenous students (Jarjums) participated in the Jarjum’s Life Museum Project (JLM).  Inala Wangarra was the lead organisation in the delivery of the Jarjums Life Museum Project. 
A diverse range of art forms and activities were undertaken and the outcome was a "pop up" museum that expressed the ideas, stories, hopes and dreams of the jarjums of Currumbin State School.
The community opening and celebration was held  at the Currumbin RSL and parents, friends, key partners and community were invited to come and celebrate the jarjums and their creative achievements.
The artwork is being displayed at HOTA, the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s new Home of The Arts between 24 February 2018 – 29 April 2018 and will then be digitised and presented as part of Festival 2018.