Brainstorm Caring for Country

In 2020, we encouraged all schools participating in the Schools Reconciliation Challenge to engage with the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education program. In particular, teachers benefit from using the Caring for Country Professional Learning resource prior to engaging with the 2020 theme. There was also the Care for Country RAP Action to add to their Reconciliation Action Plan.

Although the Caring for Country theme was for 2020, these activities are still a valuable way to engage students in reconciliation and have them learn about ways to protect their local environment.

Caring for Country Brainstorming Questions

Activity 1: Getting started with Caring for Country

  • What does the theme and artwork mean to you and why?
  • What stands out for you?
  • What do you notice about the colours and design of the images, and why do you think the artists made those choices?
  • What do the words Caring for Country mean to you, and why?
  • Consider what Caring for Country feels like, sounds like, looks like for you?
  • What are your experiences of being on Country and or in places that are special to you?
  • What are the benefits of Caring for Country?

Reconciliation and the theme

  • What does reconciliation mean to you?
  • Why do you think it is important to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples languages, cultures, knowledges and perspectives?
  • How does listening to, learning from and honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of Caring for Country support reconciliation processes?
  • Why is reconciliation important?

Activity 2: Caring for Country and reconciliation Mind Map

  • Create a mind map (a picture with words, drawings and images) that explores what you think of, or feel, when engaging with the theme Caring for Country:
    • You can draw pictures, write words, collage images and combine these all together to create your mind map.
    • You are welcome to share and discuss your mind map with your friends, teachers and families and with us by emailing your mind map to
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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.