MyWA: Lesson plans and resources
MyWA is a collaborative activity between the Department of Education and Celebrate WA. This project provides opportunities for all Western Australian public primary schools and their communities to promote and lead in the development of a shared sense of Western Australian community and what it means to be a Western Australian; and to provide culturally and contextual learning opportunities for regional and remote public primary schools and their communities.
The entire collection of lesson plans and teaching resources for Years 3 – 6 cover four learning areas – English, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences – and are available to public primary school teachers via the Department’s Connect Resources site.
MyWA: Storybooks in Aboriginal English
The My WA: Story books in Aboriginal English provide teachers and students with a unique resource that recognises and values cultural diversity in Western Australia and uses languages of Aboriginal people.
Working together using a two way approach to teaching, an experienced writer, Aboriginal students, communities and local Aboriginal organisations in Wiluna, Medina, Kondinin, Jungdaranung and Roebourne developed culturally and contextually appropriate story books in Aboriginal English. The project was informed by the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.
The Aboriginal English story books along with a comprehensive ‘Guide for Getting Started’ are available to public primary school teachers via the Department’s Connect Resources site.
Case studies of the five original participating schools:
Wiluna Remote Community School
Wiluna is a Martu community where Mantjitjarra is the main Aboriginal language amongst other Western Desert languages. Students at Wiluna Remote Community School produced the story book – Rockhole to Rockhole.
Medina Primary School
Medina Primary School, in the metropolitan area of Perth, is located in the Town of Kwinana, on traditional Wadjak Noongar Boodja country. Medina Primary School is a small school with a rich culturally diverse student population including approximately 40% Aboriginal students. The Aboriginal students at Medina Primary School collectively produced two separate books in Aboriginal English – Da Miytey Waalitj (produced by Year 4 – Year 6 boys); and Bush Campin Yarns (produced by Year 4 – Year 6 girls).
Kondinin Primary School
Kondinin Community is a small town located 3 hours east of Perth in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Kondinin has a proud history, extending back into time before farming began over a century ago. The strong Aboriginal population includes significant Elders with extensive family spread all over WA. The school has a mix of students from different backgrounds: farming and town families, as well as recent migrant families from Bangladesh, South Africa and the Philippines. More than half of the students are Aboriginal. Kondinin Primary School produced the story book – Wikid Kids.
Jungranung Remote Community School
Mandangala Community is 140km south-west of Kununurra and not far from Lake Argyle. It is nestled in the Carr-Boyd Ranges, quite close to numerous gorges, typical of the rugged beauty of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. As part of the Glen Hill Pastoral Lease, the growth of the cattle industry is important to the future of the students of Mandangala. Jungranung Remote Community School produced five stories – Camping at Keep River; Goin Bush; Going to Second Gorge; The Wild Bull; When we bin Young.
Roebourne District High School
Roebourne District High School is located on Ngarluma country 40 km from Karratha. The school caters to students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with approximately 99% of its cohort being Aboriginal. Although there are a number of language groups in Roebourne, the students generally come from three main language groups: the Ngarluma people who are the traditional owners of the land; the Yindjibarndi people; and the Banyjima people. Roebourne District High School produced the story book – Yirramagardu Yarns.
MyWA: Literature Worshops
The Literature Centre was engaged to deliver workshops to schools in Katanning, Karratha and at the Department of Education’s Statewide Services Centre, Padbury. The workshops involved a writer and an illustrator working with students in Year 3 to Year 6 and their teachers exploring the theme “My WA”.
The workshops at Katanning and the Statewide Service Centre were filmed and include interviews with students, teachers and representatives from the Department of Education. The films and user guide can be accessed via the Department’s Connect Resources site.