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Reflective Journal

How did you go about making links with your local Aboriginal community?

Anthony Angel
Anthony Angel

I contacted our school ASSPA [Aboriginal Student Support and Parent Awareness] representative who then was so enthusiastic towards the project, started bringing in members of the local Aboriginal community into the school to have meetings with us and really give a lot of ideas, and they were so keen to go with the project.

Carol Thurston
Carol Thurston

Wyong High School has a large Aboriginal population, therefore we have our own Aboriginal Education Officer, Bronwyn Chambers. Bronwyn is of the local Darkinjung mob and is strongly involved with the community. She proved to be both a resourceful and a knowledgeable person and very reliable sounding board for my ideas.

Glenn Yates
Glenn Yates

I am a member of our school's ASSPA [Aboriginal Student and Parent Awareness] committee, which means I already had sound contacts with our local community. Unfortunately, most of our parents are from outside areas. There is only one original family remaining in our part of the Central Coast, so there was no real input of local expertise for our local school.

Kerry Whalley
Kerry Whalley

We contacted our system's Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Louise Campbell, who offered us a resource, the 'Awabakal Dreaming Stories'. Her insight into the local Aboriginal scientific knowledge assisted us in developing our programs.

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