Our School Logo
Rowville Primary School has been here since 1973, and so has our school's lizard logo. But have we ever really thought about the lizard's history?
The lizard on our uniform is a blue-tongued lizard from the Wurundjeri tribe, a group of Aboriginal people! Sue Bonsall is the designer of our school logo, and the one who chose to have the famous blue-tongued lizard for our uniform.
The Wurundjeri tribe are people of the Indigenous Australian nation of the Woiwurrung language group, in the Kulin alliance, who occupy the Birrarung Valley, its tributaries and the present location of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to European settlement, they lived as all people of the Kulin nation lived, sustainably on the land, predominantly as hunters and gatherers, for tens of thousands of years.
The Wurundjeri peoples' territory extended from north of the Great Dividing Range, east to Mount Baw Baw, south to Mordialloc Creek and west to Werribee River. Wurundjeri people take their name from the word wurun meaning Manna Gum which is common along the Birrarung, and djeri, a grub found in the tree.
We love our school logo, and we hope you love it too!
By Caitlin Alcock and Stephanie Wycklesma, 6CH and 6F (2010)
Sources: Rowville P.S website and Wikipedia!
Acknowledgment of Land
Each Friday afternoon at whole school assembly and at other important gatherings we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land Rowville Primary School is built on:
"I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Tribe who are the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay my respect to elders past and present of the Kulin nation and extend my respect to other indigenous people."