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Show Me The Way

Walgett Community College - High School, NSW

At this remote NSW school, one of the most disadvantaged in the state, connecting Indigenous students with their culture is seen as the key to igniting their love for learning and their grasp of how it leads to success.

Through a partnership with not-for-profit Show Me The Way, 16 Year 10 and 11 students will be matched with mentors from the Australian Museum who will work with them across two terms through online forums and face-to-face meetings. The mentors will work with the students and teachers on topic areas identified as priorities by the school and the community, such as building self-confidence. With the assistance of their mentors and professional video-makers, the students will plan and create a short documentary showcasing culturally significant events, issues, history or heritage through interviews with elders in Walgett. They will also produce videos of four Indigenous professional staff at the Australian Museum, which will be shown at a celebration/graduation day in Sydney at the culmination of the program.

Engaging the Indigenous students in this way is expected to promote pride in their culture and support collaborative learning opportunities that will have individual and community benefits. Students at Walgett Community College score well below the national average in all educational benchmarks, particularly literacy and numeracy. Through this program, the school wants to expose the students to successful and inspirational Aboriginal people, connect them to their culture and help them develop the courage to strive for excellence in an area they are passionate about.

$2,550

Raised of $32,432.00 Goal

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Walgett Community College - High School

WALGETT, NSW

www.walgettcommunity.schools.nsw.edu.au/gallery

At this remote NSW school, one of the most disadvantaged in the state, connecting Indigenous students with their culture is seen as the key to igniting their love for learning and their grasp of how it leads to success.

Through a partnership with not-for-profit Show Me The Way, 16 Year 10 and 11 students will be matched with mentors from the Australian Museum who will work with them across two terms through online forums and face-to-face meetings. The mentors will work with the students and teachers on topic areas identified as priorities by the school and the community, such as building self-confidence. With the assistance of their mentors and professional video-makers, the students will plan and create a short documentary showcasing culturally significant events, issues, history or heritage through interviews with elders in Walgett. They will also produce videos of four Indigenous professional staff at the Australian Museum, which will be shown at a celebration/graduation day in Sydney at the culmination of the program.

Engaging the Indigenous students in this way is expected to promote pride in their culture and support collaborative learning opportunities that will have individual and community benefits. Students at Walgett Community College score well below the national average in all educational benchmarks, particularly literacy and numeracy. Through this program, the school wants to expose the students to successful and inspirational Aboriginal people, connect them to their culture and help them develop the courage to strive for excellence in an area they are passionate about.

Walgett Community College - High School

WALGETT,

www.walgettcommunity.schools.nsw.edu.au/gallery