Recently, Forster Public School’s Aboriginal education worker, Steve Breton led an expedition of 4/12 students, sharing with them the history of the left over shell middens along Pebbly Beach.
He told the class his ancestors were responsible for the large shell middens along Pebbly Beach and the tanks.
Early settlers made use of these by taking the shells to burn and make lime. The lime was used to make cement for the first sandstone buildings.
Steve is a respected elder of the Worimi Clan who helps teachers incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across all learning areas.
Steve’s culture tours incorporate history, language, stories, local historical sites and cultural perspectives.
His stories, points of view and local knowledge are enriching classroom experiences.
Steve is able to offer guidance and direction to assist in ensuring studies of Aboriginal content matter are dealt with appropriately.
In the old age tradition, Steve shares stories, spiritual narratives and life histories, as well as popular myths and legends.
His knowledge of his ancestors and local sites and history are proving of immense value to the students at Forster Public School.