Roxby Downs School Aboriginal Culture and Traditions Presentation

Roxby Downs School Aboriginal Culture and Traditions Presentation


6 December 2018

Peter Burgoyne, Sodexo Indigenous Community Liaison Project Manager,  was invited by the local Roxby Downs area school to provide a presentation on Aboriginal culture, traditions and history.   33 year 4 and 5 students were in attendance who were eager to learn from Peter and complement their own studies on Aboriginal culture and history.

“Our Year 4/5 class from Roxby Downs Area School have enjoyed reading a book called My Girragundji (My frog), a story about a young Aboriginal boy growing up with a rich culture of spirituality and discovering bush ways through stories from his Elders. The highlight was to have Peter Burgoyne of Sodexo in our class to tell us more about what we have learned from our story. Spiritual connections to the land, storylines and the language and cultural groups of Australia were discussed, along with Australian land features, such as Uluru and the Olgas. We pronounced some Aboriginal words for animals, learned about the influence from spirits and how communication with this spiritual world is an important part of our lives. The students were rapt to hear Peter’s stories and inquisitive, keeping Peter busy talking and answering questions. I am very pleased that Peter has this connection with our class and school and has given us insight into the relationships that have existed and continue to exist upon this land.” – Adrian Verrier, 4/5 teacher at Roxby Downs Area School  

“I was happy to help and provide the students with a better understanding of our rich Aboriginal culture and traditions. I enjoy educating the wider community about Aboriginal culture and history and promoting Sodexo [… ] I love my job because I get to work with my people at Olympic Dam and Prominent Hill.” – Peter Burgoyne, Indigenous Community Liaison Manager, Olympic Dam