our NAIDOC celebrations in week 4, we launched our very own story book Djarindjin Gorna Jawal.
creation of this book was a wonderful project we worked on with Jacqui Williams
and Grace Lewis. It is full of traditional stories and tales of adventures with
families and friends, as told by the CTK kids and written down in their own
finished product is a wonderful collection of stories, colourfully illustrated
by the story tellers and their families. It is now a permanent snapshot of the lives
of the children of Djarindjin and Lombadina and we are all really proud of the
book that we published.
'It was a wonderful privilege to work with the ATAs, community, students and staff members in making this beautiful book “Djarindjin Gorna Jawal”. I would like to thank Grace Lewis and Sharon Le Ray as Principal who were instrumental in initiating the project. Grace came to work with the ATA's and as a great motivator and leader she ensured a high quality and was always confident in the wonderful abilities of the ATAs. In working with the ATAs I learnt how strong the community is in maintaining their culture and language and how much the ATAs wanted to create resources that would help support this. Although just the start, I know that this great book will go a long way in providing tremendous opportunities
· for students and community to celebrate and be proud of their home language;
· for students, community and school to connect using these stories about family life;
· to build skills such as reading, art and use of technology with iPads; · for ATAs to use the stories in their cultural programs;
· for new teachers to learn about the students’ home language and ways of doing things. I would also like to thank the many community members who took part in the successful art workshops to help with the illustrations. It was a lot of fun and much appreciated. Congratulations to all who took part. I look forward to your next book….’
Kind regards Jacqui Williams