Traditional Smoking Ceremony

Friday August 25 was a historical day for St Margaret’s School as Junior and Senior students came together to be part of a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Murrundindi. The purpose of the ceremony was to welcome our new Principal Annette Rome to the land of the Kulin Nation and to St Margaret’s School. It was also a blessing of the site and an acknowledgment of the connection between St Margaret’s School and the Wurundjeri tribal region. Murrundindi, elder and head man (Ngurungaeta) of the Wurundjeri tribe, is the spiritual custodian of the Wurundjeri tribal region. He has been a large part of the St Margaret’s School culture over the years and it was lovely to welcome him back to our school community. Murrundindi has spent his time teaching many children and adults the cultural ways and to connect with the land. In his own words ‘the children are the future of our culture and the future of our world.’

Mrs Mary Holstock