When Michell Scott first stepped into the newly-completed yarning circle at Bega Valley Public School, she said she could feel the sacredness of it.
"It feels like a space of power and contentment," the school's assistant principal learning and support and Yuin woman said.
"It is a space where there's no criticism or judgement, and is a space where children can talk about what they want to talk about."
She said the more pupils were engaged with culture, the better the educational outcomes for the those children - and yarning circles had demonstrated success in reengaging disengaged pupils.
On Wednesday, the school officially opened its new circle, constructed on Djiringanj land of the Yuin Nation.
A pupil speaking at the opening described it as "a space to celebrate differences while also reaching for common ground".
The instigator of the project, Aboriginal education officer at the school and Yuin man James Scott, said the school had a cultural group for its pupils that met weekly, all of whom had been very encouraging at the idea of developing the circle.
Built by Proscape Construction, it will be used as an outdoor learning space, for cultural activities, and for pupils looking for a quiet place to be during their breaks.
At the opening was Aboriginal student liaison officer for the Department of Education and Yuin man Troy Lenihan, who looks after almost 90 schools across the Far South Coast, Cooma-Monaro and Queanbeyan.
He said a lot more schools were designing yarning circles and looking at ways to include culture into their "day to day business as usual".
"Schools are always looking for opportunities to work with their communities and engage with their families, and this is a way to do it," he said.
"A yarning circle provides that kind of space, where aunties and uncles can come and feel they have something to offer."
Ms Scott and Mr Scott thanked the services, groups and individuals who helped create the yarning circle.