Indigenous Literacy Day

It was Indigenous Literacy Day on September 2nd, a nationwide event that celebrates Indigenous voices in literature and raises funds for closing the Indigenous literacy gap.

According to the NAPLAN, only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above minimum reading standards. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is working hard to close that gap, and we were excited to organise a virtual excursion for our students to their Sydney Opera House event this year.

 

Here at Marnebek, it’s important to us that we celebrate Indigenous heritage and celebrate the rich First Nations literacy content in our school curriculum. Not only do we have Indigenous students at our school, but we also know it’s important for all students to be aware of and respect the rich Indigenous cultures within our communities. Our school-wide virtual excursion to the Sydney Opera House raised money for the ILF and all students, families and staff were invited to attend. The day’s proceedings even included a fantastic performance from Jessica Mauboy!

 

The event incorporated a number of topics like reading through technology, parents reading to their kids, and listening to online literacy. While using technology has become a much more mainstream way of operating this year, it has still been a fairly new concept when applied to a lot of traditional school activities like excursions, so the ILF event was a great example of thinking outside the box to reach students and still deliver the curriculum. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn about First Nations history, geography and art in a brand new way.

 

Overall, a fantastic and educational experience for all who attended!

 

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