Aboriginal Connections

Sorell School is deeply committed to recognising and celebrating our past and current connections to the Palawa people of Lutruwita. We especially recognise that this was always Mumirimina Country and that they are no longer with us.

Our administration buildings have been designed to publicly welcome all Aboriginal people to our school. According to the Palawa, black cockatoos are messenger birds. That’s why we have two of them proudly displayed on our new school emblem. These birds connect us to our past and represent our school values. We have an outside fire pit and yarning circle called mina nina tunapri, allowing students to connect with Aboriginal tradition and customs. We have an Aboriginal Leadership group and Culture Club that exposes our Aboriginal students to culture and knowledge, seeking to build their confidence and develop better connections with our community as well. There is also a dedicated space called Shiney’s Courtyard which is used by students to meet and interact in a safe, social and positive manner. Shiney was a Mumirimina man.

Presently, approximately 12% of our students identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. We celebrate their contributions to our school, and we are so proud of the important connection that they give Sorell School to the shared history of this land.

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