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Batchfire supports local students and First Nations people with Yarning Circle  

As part of the NAIDOC celebrations at Biloela State School last year, Batchfire contributed to the construction of a traditional yarning circle to acknowledge and celebrate First Nations culture. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have used yarning circles for thousands of years as a safe space to share, educate and most importantly have a yarn. 

We are proud to have contributed funds to Bileola State School, enabling them to install a yarning circle that will be enjoyed for generations to come, as we continue to celebrate First Nations culture and heritage.  

“Supporting First Nations people is important to us at Batchfire Resources, both among our workforce and within the wider community,” said Batchfire GM – ESG & Development, Stuart Schmidt. 

“The installation of the yarning circle at Biloela State School is something we are proud to have helped out with, supporting First Nations people while also enriching the educational experience for local students.” 

The yarning circle at Biloela State School aims to offer a space that will enrich students’ understandings of First Nations culture, using the site to build meaningful relationships. 

Biloela State School administrator and proud First Nations woman, Julie Bayles, says the contribution has allowed students to experience indigenous culture firsthand.  

“The students are all really rapt to see it finished and they even came down to watch each day as it was built,” Ms Bayles said. 

“Students are now taking part in storytelling, dance performances and hands-on activities like boomerang and rock painting at the yarning circle.” 

An important use for yarning circles is sharing knowledge, which is what students and educators have been using this one for since it was unveiled in August this year. 

“It’s now open for everyone to use and they have all been going down regularly and even using it as an outdoor classroom – offering something different to the usual four walls of a room!” Ms Bayles said. 

“I think it’s more open, as opposed to classrooms where you have to put your hand up to speak. 

“The yarning circle is a fantastic learning tool for the students to be heard and to be open with each other.” 

A traditional smoking ceremony, acknowledging elders and special guests was undertaken by Gangaluu traditional owner, Uncle Phillip Toby, to open the yarning circle. 

“Students gained a deeper appreciation for First Nation culture through the ceremony, and we are so thankful for the contribution and ability to share important cultural learning with students and staff,” Ms Bayles said. 

“Without Batchfire’s help and assistance it probably wouldn’t have come to light – so I’d really like to thank Batchfire for all of their help.” 

We look forward to supporting NAIDOC Week into the future. 

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