Colours of school’s yarning circle can be seen from lookout

ABOVE: Kye Walker, Crystal Predo, Helen Coomb, Uncle Wayne Walker and Uncle Andrew Johnson at the official opening of the yarning circle.

Susanna Freymark

Three years ago, deputy principal Leanne McLaughlin had the idea of a yarning circle in the grounds of Kyogle Public School.

Aboriginal education officer Helen Coomb suggested a mosaic in the middle of the circle.

“It took three years to come to fruition through covid, flood and having a hip replacement,” Ms Coomb said.

Ms Coomb’s daughter, Crystal Predo designed the mosaic. The dolphin motif was added to the design to show that Bundjalung Country stretches to the coast.

The yarning circle was officially opened today, Monday, June 26.

Uncle Wayne Walker gave a welcome to country to students and guests including Kyogle mayor Kylie Thomas.

Uncle Andrew Johnson did the smoking ceremony.

Kyogle Council donated some grass trees removed from a landslip.

The plan is to create a dry riverbed and finish the signage in the bush tucker garden, Ms Coomb said.

The new yarning circle and its red, black, white and yellow mosaic can be seen from Fairy Mount lookout.

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