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Senior studies scholarship applications opening soon

Schools are encouraged to apply for 2020 QATSIF QCE Scholarships for their Year 10 or 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Applications for the 2020 school year are open from 19 June to 23 August 2019. The scholarships provide $1,000 per year to support the financial costs of senior studies.

Under the QCE Scholarship Program, QATSIF provides two-year scholarship funding to support students commencing in Year 11. QATSIF funds successful schools which then provide scholarships to individual students. The intention of the funding is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander student retention in Years 11 and 12.

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Celebrate National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW), held from 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

The week marks two significant events: the 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day. This year’s theme is Grounded in truth: Walk together with courage. NRW provides a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and to develop a deeper understanding of our national story.

For ideas and useful resources, visit Reconciliation Australia

Dandiiri Schools and Community Library also has a range of Reconciliation resources available to borrow.​

My Language Matters: How to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D students

​The Department of Education's new video, My Language Matters, narrated by NRL legend Sam Thaiday, raises awareness about the language backgrounds and language learning needs of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students use Standard Australian English (SAE) as their home language. In fact, a significant number speak a traditional language, a creole, or one of many Aboriginal English dialects as their home language. My Language Matters provides a brief history of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and explains the '3 way strong' policy.

The department's '3 way strong' approach recognises and values all language varieties spoken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) by explicitly teaching SAE and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student's connection to their heritage through culture and languages.

My Language Matters alerts school staff to the importance of identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D students, using Bandscales to understand student's SAE proficiency and explicitly teaching SAE to support every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student to access the curriculum.

Watch the My Language Matters​ video​

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To learn more about how to recognise, respect and respond to the languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D learners, visit the EAL/D Hub​ (login required).​

Check out these fun back-to-school resources

Turning up to school every day makes a significant difference to students’ lives. Higher school attendance leads to more positive student outcomes. For this reason, the Department of Education has a range of fun and engaging resources to support students’ in their efforts to attend school – every day.

The adventures of Jimmy and Sam the Dog animation and comic book features NRL legend Sam Thaiday as Sam the Dog, with a cameo appearance by Johnathan Thurston, plus former Queensland Firebirds netballer Beryl Friday.

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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Last updated
09 May 2019