Marks Point Public School – Yarning Circle Opening

On Friday 28 October, Marks Point Public School celebrated the official opening of our Yarning Circle – Nupalikoba Malang: A Place to Learn Together.

Yarning circles have been used for thousands of years and are a place for community gatherings among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples, who meet to share their experiences, knowledge and stories.

The Yarning Circle at Marks Point Public School will be used to have a yarn, as a calming place to connect with friends and community, as well as a learning space to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Classes will have the opportunity to visit the Yarning Circle to enrich learning experiences and learn about Dreaming stories that are significant to the Awabakal area. Each story pole around the Yarning Circle was painted by classes in 2021, and they represent a different Dreaming story linked to our local places of Aboriginal significance. The QR code on each pole has the story linked to it, so that staff, students, and the community can listen whilst enjoying the beautiful images painted on each pole.

We look forward to sharing the Yarning Circle with staff, students and the community of Marks Point Public School and would like to thank everyone who contributed to ‘Nupalikoba Malang’, our ‘place to learn together’.

Thank you to all special guests, Windale Deadly Dancers, staff, students, families and community members for making our event a wonderful success.
Nunda Kumba Kumba

Story contributed by Janine Johns. Published 2023.