In 2018, Petaurus Education Group were involved in the development of many wonderful resources and programs across the Murray, Riverina and Western areas of New South Wales. This included Creative Catchment Kids books and working with schools to develop HSIE curriculum content focussing on the cross-curriculum priority – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
- Aunty Fay: An Inspirational Journey
- The Life and Lessons of Uncle Roy Kennedy
- Connecting with culture and nature
- A Tale of Two Farmers
- Greenthinning adventures on beautiful Namcott
- Walla Park – Landcare in action
- Landcare farming the ‘Wycombe’ way
Biodiversity Conservation Stories
HSIE Curriculum Resources
In 2018, Petaurus Education Group supported a number of schools with projects funded under the Department of Education’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Grants Initiative. We partnered with PeeKdesigns on the development of cultural teaching resources for the following schools.
Please note: We encourage schools to work with their local Aboriginal Education Officers and other representatives. These resources do not replace local knowledge, merely support classroom discussion and learning.
Jerilderie Public School
OVERVIEW: Uncle Freddie Dowling is a Pangarang Elder and lives in Jerilderie, NSW. He is a storyteller and published author. This project will engage Uncle Freddie to run workshops in the schools, develop curriculum activities from his stories and record his stories in digital format for future generations.
- Unit of work: First People’s – Bangerang/Panarang
- Grandpa Milawa Stories passed down and retold by Freddie Dowling
- Along the Billabong Creek by Freddie Dowling
Kapooka Public School
OVERVIEW: Our Small schools network comprising Kapooka, Ladysmith, Tarcutta and Uranquinty Public Schools actively work together for curriculum and professional development. As a learning network we propose to work with local Wiradjuri people and education specialists to guide us in developing stage based learning activities that will be suitable for use with the latest digital communication technologies. This resource will provide a range of information and activities to help teachers and students within the Riverina region of New South Wales learn about Australia’s First Peoples.
- Interactive Presentation – Exploring Wiradjuri Culture at Kapooka
Henty Public School
OVERVIEW: To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of teachers in the Morgan Country Network through targeted professional development and the development of teaching and learning resources that will provide lesson content and learning experiences focussing on locally significant protocols, histories, places, cultures and traditions.
- Interactive Presentation – A quick guide to Henty’s Wiradjuri Culture
Gol Gol Public School
OVERVIEW: This project is to ensure all students are aware of their local culture and heritage and are inspired to tackle science with a purpose and an understanding. The intent is to create a suite of syllabus-linked resources to support student learning in the Centre. Key topics include: history of the local people (Barkindji); bush foods, medicines and tools – identification, use, bush survival; representing key messages and stories through art; sustainability – taking care of the land; and totems – taking care of wildlife and habitat.
- Interactive Presentation – An introduction to Paakantyi History & Culture
Tanja Public School
OVERVIEW: Our school community will undertake a project to develop an interactive mapping document that will represent 6 Aboriginal nations in NSW. This “e-book” will be totally digital for use by stage 2 /3 students and will contain facts and information relevant to Aboriginal culture and history for those regions. This highly engaging communication technology platform will be a simple however effective tool to engage in cross-curriculum learning in our small school.
- Interactive Presentation – Stories from Country
Rand Public School
OVERVIEW: Petaurus Education Group has supported Rand Public School in the development of some bush tucker fact sheets for their newly established Indigenous garden. These fact sheets will be used as part of a larger education program being developed and delivered by the school.
- Golden wattle
- Drooping she-aok
- Chocolate lily
- Ruby saltbush
- Kangaroo grass
- Native cherry