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Keeping culture alive through story telling

Local students recently had the opportunity to learn and tell their own stories about Aboriginal culture through the 2014 Enviro-stories program Tools, Totems, Tucker - Exploring Aboriginal Culture.

Now in its sixth year, the local schools program is supported by Central West and Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Students from Year 3 and 6 have been working with their teachers to produce five published books that explore Aboriginal culture.

Central West Local Land Services Officer, Catie Guise said that there has been a great response to the Enviro-stories program once again.

"We are pleased to be able to provide ongoing support for schools across the region to participate in this inspiring program," Miss Guise said.

"Storytelling is one of the oldest and most effective forms of learning. All of the students are to be commended for their work, there has been some wonderful artwork and stories created." she said. The following students are to be congratulated for their winning entries:

  • Jasmine Steele-Park, Forbes Public School "The Peculiar Platypus"
  • Nia Boggs, Parkes East Public School " How the Koala got his claws"
  • Hamish Todd, St Laurence's "Stormboy and Uncle Farren"
  • Kristal Girot and Ruby Stitt, Forbes Public School " Burnum finds his way"
  • Edwina Reilly, St Laurence's " The Rainbow Serpent is back"

"These published books have been printed and will be distributed along with the teacher resource kit to all schools across the region to add to their libraries," Miss Guise said.

"What a great way to start the new year!"

They have also been made into flipbooks that can be read online and will be available to download as iBooks. The flipbooks have been specially designed for use on classroom smart boards.

To check out these books, as well as download the iBooks, get online today:

http://www.envirostories.com.au/stories/story-books/2014books-4/

Local Land Services will partner with Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to deliver the Envirostories program Feral Animals in 2015.

Media enquiries: Catie Guise, Central West LLS (0429 982 197 or catherine.guise@lls.nsw.gov.au)