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Culture showcased for new teachers

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

School teachers taking part in a program that gave them a better appreciation of local Aboriginal culture. PICTURE: Supplied School teachers taking part in a program that gave them a better appreciation of local Aboriginal culture. PICTURE: Supplied

A program that gives teachers a closer understanding of the association of Aboriginal people with the Far West was held recently.

It was held for public school teachers who were new to the district and was attended by teachers from Broken Hill and Wilcannia.

The program was led by Department of Education specialists with teachers and staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and City Council.

Department of Education’s Broken Hill Curriculum Advisor, Judith Selby, said it was a great success.

“From my perspective it went really well,” Mrs Selby said.

“The feedback from teachers, the Aboriginal community and observers all reported it went really well. It was a fabulous two days.”

The local Wilyakali people played a prominent role in giving teachers an insight into their country.

Teachers also explored landmarks, including the Pinnacles and Sculptures, and also took part in making traditional Johnny Cakes.

They also discovered local storylines and history and the impact of government policies.

“One of the teachers reiterated that if you are new to a community it is good to develop a connection with the community for the students,” Ms Selby said.

“They also said that what the Indigenous elders said to them really resonated.”

“There is evidence to show that past policies have had a large impact not only on children of today, but their parents and grandparents.

“It was also good for teachers’ to know who they can speak with, within their school support.

“It gave them the opportunity to connect with support staff and helped further develop relationships with students.

“Wellbeing is really important in education and the training has helped teachers get on top of issues that are affecting young people.”

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