Cultural Connections

The following description is about the artwork created by Linda Loo and our Year 6 students, created as a part of our Cultural Connections program with the Stephen Michael Foundation. We believe these words sum up our school perfectly.

We acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar Boodja our school is on. 

The green background represents the colour of Fremantle Primary School. The colour green has an association with nature and also represents tranquility, balances our emotions. It also creates a sense of feeling safe and secure. Green gives us health and hope with a promise of growth, prosperity and good luck. The U shape represents the people. Coloured hands represent the school children and teachers. The designs on the children’s hands represent their home, travel and love and friendship. The circle with U shapes represent meeting places, the meeting place is where the community and the school come create, and have a strong, relationship, sharing stories, based on love, kindness and respect, providing a safe and secure learning environment. The dark green and light-yellow upside-down U shape represents the hills around Noongar Boodja (Noongar Country). The dark blue colour represents the waterways around Fremantle area from the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) to the windan (ocean). The light blue circles and lines represent waterholes. The lines with dots represent travel, the blue, yellow, orange, purple and white dots represent the colours of sunset of each positive day.

Linda Loo, Noongar Elder and artist. 

Cultural Reponsiveness

We aspire to be a culturally responsive school and believe this is achieved through meaningful relationships and connections over time. We have a long way to go and are fortunate to have ongoing relationships with local friends and organisations who help us strengthen our school’s connections to, and understandings of, the Noongar Country around us. Our deep gratitude goes to

  • Our Aboriginal students, parents, families, and Elders who have guided us when we needed them;
  • Stephen Michael Foundation for their ongoing support of our Year 6s;
  • PaperBird for helping us organise unique and valuable experiences with Noongar and other Aboriginal Elders and artists;
  • Perth NRM for seeking funding opportunities for our school community to bring more Noongar culture to our school community; and
  • The City of Fremantle who continue to build bridges to Whadjuk Noongar culture and bring schools along on their journey, involving us in artistic projects every year.