Jarjum School Program

Where: Bangalow Parklands – Deacon Street, Bangalow (incursions also available)

Duration: 1.5 hour

Program Guide: Delta Kay – Arakwal Bundjalung Elder

Price Guide:

  • $13 per student (minimum $260)
  • $11.50 per student for school groups with more than 65 students
  • $9.50 per student for school groups with more than 85 students

Booking: info@explorebyronbay.com / 0467 277 669

This program caters for students in Preschool to Year 12 and is designed to support their knowledge and understanding about local Aboriginal people, history and culture.

Jingi Walla – Welcome!

The Jarjum School Program is delivered by Delta Kay, an Arakwal Bundjalung elder who is extremely passionate about sharing her culture and protecting country.

At the beginning of every program, Delta provides a special Welcome to Country to jarjums (children). She then takes them along the stunning Byron Creek located within Bangalow Parklands. This area has hundreds of native plant species, including a variety of bush tucker plants that are especially important to the Bundjalung Aboriginal community.

Bangalow Parklands is also home to some native wildlife, such as Binging the river turtle, Junbung the platypus, Gehr the cockatoo and Margil the water dragon. During the program, Delta shares traditional Dreaming stories that have been passed down from her ancestors and she teachers some Bundjalung language and about significant sites, natural medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.


Bangalow Parklands has public toilets and drinking water will be available.


Bangalow Parklands is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

Download the Program here: Jarjum School Program

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

Safety Message

Our staff carry a first aid kit, hold current first aid and CPR certificates and are aware of emergency procedures. Our program is delivered by Delta Kay who has over 15 years of experience working with groups of students in the natural environment. She has excellent knowledge of the specific areas that students will be visiting, including potential hazards. Explore Byron Bay is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: our staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk Assessment

Our staff has the technical skills and experience to assess the risks of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning program. Below is our OHS Risk Management Form for our Jarjum School Program. Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided.

Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.

Early Stage 1 Learning Outcomes

HTe-1. Communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others.

GEe-1. Identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people.

GEe-2. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools.

Students will:

  • Investigate the importance the place where they live and belong to
  • Find out about Arakwal Country through stories, song, dance and art
  • Learn why Bangalow and surrounds are important to Arakwal Aboriginal people
  • Investigate ways Arakwal Aboriginal people care for this place

Stage 1 Learning Outcomes

HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time.

GE1-1. Describes features of places and the connections people have with places.

GE1-2. Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places.

GE1-3. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry.

Students will:

  • Explore special sites within Bangalow Parklands and learn how community members care for this area.
  • learn to identify some native plants, including bush tucker plants and plants used for natural medicine and fibre.
  • Learn about Aboriginal tools, weapons and artefacts.
  • Investigate the connections that the Arakwal Aboriginal people have to the land, sea and animals of this place.
  • Hear stories, learn song and dance to understand why this place is important to Arakwal people and how it can be cared for

Stage 2 Learning Outcomes

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contribute to changes in the local community over time.

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments.

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact.

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places.

Students will:

  • Examine features and characteristics of Bangalow Parklands, including the Byron Creek and identifying native plant species
  • Learn about management and care of environments and how people play different roles in protecting them
  • Examine the importance of natural vegetation to the health of the environment, animals and people
  • Learn about the ways people value and interact with environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Stage 3 Learning Outcomes

HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia.

HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time.

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments.

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments.

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments.

GE3-4. Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry.

Students will:

  • Discuss how traditional Aboriginal people care for country.
  • Reflect on how environment has changed over time and the impact of European settlement on traditional people.
  • Explore how and why the environment is important to Aboriginal people.
  • Investigate natural resources, bush tucker and bush medicine on a guided walk.
  • Listen to a local story.
  • Understand Aboriginal perspectives on caring for Country.
  • Learn local Bundjalung customs and language.

Bangalow Parklands – Deacon St, Bangalow (see map below). Busses to park along Deacon St.

Bangalow Parklands Map


You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Bangalow Parklands - Deacon Street Bangalow
  • Own transport required
  • Bangalow Parklands is wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets Available
  • Drinking water is available
  • Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).