Students from Singleton High School's 'Girls Academy' have spent the last eight weeks working on a very special project with guidance from Indigenous Arts and Education consultant, Cherie Johnson.
The girls have created a teenage-sized cloak out of possum skins and furs which will be worn with pride at formal events for generations ongoing.
Possum Skin Cloaks are utilitarian objects that every traditional Aboriginal person would have had in areas throughout Australia where possums were in abundance.
"In preparation of the birth of a new child, the mother and aunties would sew three pelts together in an up and down pattern, matching the heads to the tails to create a rectangular shape," said Cherie from Speaking in Colour.
"Once completed, it was used as the baby's blanket.
"As the child grew taller, more pelts were added to the Cloak to ensure sufficient protection from the cold and wet during the day, and at night it continued to be used as a blanket.
"Finally people would have been laid to rest wearing their Possum Skin Cloak."
Cherie helped The Girls Academy create their own Possum Skin Cloak.
"Traditionally, every single person would have their own cloak that grew with them as they aged," said Girls Academy Manager Renee Macdonald.
Each circle burnt in the cloak has been designed by different girls and represents that girl and their meeting place.
"Each circle is a different girls design so we all have a bit of ourselves on the one cloak which we will all wear," said Year 9 student Ainsley.
"We will wear the cloak at formal events when giving speeches, such as welcome to country."
The Girls Academy is the leading provider of in-school mentoring programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.
The cloak will be worn officially for the first time at the Girls Academies special awards night on Thursday, November 21 at the High School.