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Junior School News

National Indigenous Literacy Day

From Head of Library Services, William Roberts

On Wednesday, 4 September, Years 5 to 12 collaborated to share in National Indigenous Literacy Day.

From the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s website:

“We are proud to say that in our lifetime we have gifted over 350,000 books to over 280 communities, and published 90 stories with communities, that reflect 18 Aboriginal languages. We continue to work closely with communities across Australia to create more books for the younger generation”.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s brief is to get books to remote outback Indigenous communities.

The exciting and powerful aspect of this is that books are being developed in multiple Indigenous languages along with English.

Waverley was thrilled to participate.

Boys in our Senior Sustainability Group (Years 10 and 11) under the guidance of Pat Alborough, along with the preparation and promotion work carried out by Mr Roberts, and our Junior Innovation teacher Natasha Zivanoovic facilitated boys in Year 5 and 6 to swap books, boosting their literacy and reducing waste at the same time as raising funds for Indigenous literacy initiatives.

Boys brought in books from home they had finished with, to then swap with other boys, who did the same.  A gold coin donation was all it took to participate in this wonderful event.

I thank all the boys who participated with such keenness on the day.

Well done!