The Quairading community has celebrated the official opening of the District High School’s new outdoor classroom and garden.

The project is a place for students to play and learn about native plants, bush tucker and Noongar culture. The garden was designed by landscape artist Terry Farrell and made possible by the NAB School First Award with support from QDHS centenary committee, the Shire of Quairading and the local community.

The NAB award recognized the partnership between the high school and Community Arts Network WA which celebrated Aboriginal culture through arts activities that engage the whole school community.

Guests at the official opening were also treated to the world premiere screening of the Quairading animation project, a series of short films produced during a six month artist in residence program involving artist and animator, Steven Aiton.

All the students at the school were involved in making the films. They tell a combination of ancient dreamtime stories and contemporary tales of Noongar people triumphing over adversity. The project was funded through a school based artist in residence program involving the Australia Council, WA Department of Culture and the Arts and the Department of Education

TOP: CAN WA Managing Director, Pilar Kasat and landscape artist Terry Farrell.

BELOW: Students enjoying the garden: Back (L-R) Ebony Mills, Riley Anderson, Shea Dall, Stella Squiers, Macey Dall, Nadia Mills and Dwayne Winmar. Front, Mia Reidy and Dekayla Williams.