Nominate now for Indigenous STEM Awards
Our schools and teachers play an important role in encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue STEM education and careers.
The Australia-wide Indigenous STEM Awards, run by CSIRO, recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Schools, secondary students, teachers, mentors and other STEM professionals are encouraged to nominate for the Indigenous STEM Awards, with 12 awards on offer across seven categories. Applications close on 28 September 2018.
For more information on eligibility requirements and past winners visit the Indigenous STEM Awards website.
Don't miss NAIDOC Family Fun Day on 13 July
The Department of Education will once again host a marquee at the NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Friday 13 July at Musgrave Park, West End. The marquee will showcase some of the department’s key initiatives, such as Solid Pathways and Every day counts, as well as provide valuable information on training and skills, and human resources opportunities.
NAIDOC Family Fun Day is part of NAIDOC Week across Australia from 8–15 July to honour and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Because of her, we can!
Get ready for National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week held from 27 May to 3 June provides a great opportunity to learn, share, and grow by exploring our past and learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story. Visit the National Reconciliation Week website and the Narragunnawali website for ideas and useful resources.
NAIDOC Week: How are you planning on celebrating?
NAIDOC Week held from 8–15 July provides an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the histories, cultures, achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s theme "Because of her, we can!" celebrates the contributions that Indigenous women have made to all levels of the Australian community. The department will host a marquee at the NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Friday 13 July at Musgrave Park, West End.
Schools and staff are also encouraged to involve their communities in a range of NAIDOC activities.
Engaging and fun back to school resources
Remember: there are some great materials designed to encourage school attendance. The adventures of Jimmy and Sam the Dog animation and comic book features Sam Thaiday as Sam the Dog, with a cameo appearance by Johnathan Thurston, plus former Queensland Firebirds netballer Beryl Friday.
Also featured is the department's own Tony Brown, as well as two Solid Pathways students.
Head to the Every day counts website to check out the new materials. Feel free to share.
Your free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resource
Did you know the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library in Brisbane serves schools all around Queensland?
Dandiiri Library is a valuable, state-wide resource reflecting all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.
Schools can access fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, puzzles, puppets, toys, kits, artefacts and teacher reference materials, all with an Indigenous focus.
The library’s knowledgeable staff can help teachers embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in authentic and meaningful ways. Dandiiri is also an excellent source of materials on topics such as Reconciliation, the Stolen Generation, Native Title and NAIDOC week.
Membership for schools and teachers is free. Visit the Dandiiri Library page for more information.