In February 2014, 18 Year 7-10 students from Manor Lakes College explored Port Phillip Bay from traditional Aboriginal and marine science perspectives.
Through a series of workshops and a one-day sailing expedition to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, the students learnt to care for sea country, why it’s important to do so while gaining skills in multimedia.
Inspired by the stories and learning’s with Boonwurrung Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs and marine scientist Harry Breidhal, the student’s then created digital stories about their experience.

Who the students worked with:

• Marine scientist Harry Breidhal – shared learnings about the Bay’s marine ecology and importance of environmental management
• Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Carolyn Briggs – shared knowledge, traditional language and stories of the Bay’s Aboriginal heritage, particularly the ‘Time of Chaos’
• Filmmaker Jon Staley from Youthworx – guided the students to edit and create their own digital story about their experience
• Pelican Expeditions – chartered a one-day sailing trip to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary on board their flagship catamaran Pelican 1.

The digital Stories will be launched at the school during Reconciliation Week 2014. Stories will be posted on the VACCA website in Reconciliation Week.

“We learnt some of the Boonwurrung language and listened to Aunty Carolyn’s story of how the bay became a bay. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.” –Ethan

“Learning & hearing Aunty’s stories was very interesting due to the fact that I had no idea that Nairm (Port Phillip Bay) was just a huge grass plain before the flood occurred.” –Blake

“An Aboriginal Elder call Aunty Caroline taught us about the 2 bays and about the aboriginal culture that lives there. We learnt lots about aboriginal languages. I never knew that different parts of Victoria had so many different languages.” –Raquel

Connecting to Sea County 2014 is a collaborative project delivered through the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) with Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs from the Boonwurrung Foundation, Youthworx Media, Pelican Expeditions and Manor Lakes College

The Connecting to Sea Country Project 2014 was funded by The Frank and Flora Leith Trust

For more information on this project contact Sarah Diplock on 9385 9024.