Warwick Farm students craft canoe from bark

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Students from Lawrence Hargrave School built a traditional Aboriginal full-sized bark canoe, at the Australian National Maritime Museum

STUDENTS from a Warwick Farm school have made history by building a full-sized traditional Aboriginal bark canoe.

Koori students from Lawrence Hargrave School visited the Australian National Maritime Museum last week.

Over four hours they worked closely with indigenous instructors to strip away dead bark from a large sheet and heat it over fire to fold it into shape.

The students then tied the ends and secured the bark.

Teacher Kevin Crosby said the students were proud of their achievement.

"The boys have come such a long way in such a short time," he said.

"The canoe will be completely finished on Thursday. We have about two hours left of work to do.

"We hope to launch the canoe at Chipping Norton Lake in the last week of term in September.

"[After the launch] the canoe will then be on display at the Maritime Museum along with a presentation the boys made."

Mr Crosby said about 10 per cent of the school's population was of Aboriginal descent and indigenous history and culture played an important part at the school.

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