Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Library sparks more creatives

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

IF learning about robotics, drones, Ozobots, 3D printing and coding sounds good to you, then come along to Toronto Library in Lake Macquarie from May 23 to 25.
The IDX Flint 2017 digital literacy program is now available for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and local council cultural services manager Jacqui Hemsley invites people to take
part in the upcoming workshops.

“IDX Flint has been created to spark the interests, ideas and talents of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Hemsley said.  

“The free workshops at the library for facilitators and young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will enhance digital literacy related to innovation industries.

“At the end of the program participants will have input into what technologies they would like to see and use at Toronto Library into the future.”

If you would like to book a group of students into any of the sessions below, contact Toronto Library on 4921 0641.

To learn more about the program, visit HERE or HERE.

The program is brought to the library by Lake Mac Libraries and Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDE).

IDE is a partnership between the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and the Telstra Foundation.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Valuable help for students

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Christi Chapman (second from left) and Emma Dunrobin (fourth from left) with CQ University Emerald Campus coordinator Gai Sypher (fourth from right) and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are members of the Agreement Implementation Group.

BUNDABERG-based Indigenous student Christi Chapman says she’s always had a “keen eye for business” and a hankering to own her own bar, but recognised she has to put in the hard yards to create career opportunities.

Mackay-based Indigenous student Emma Dunrobin has undertaken a summer internship in at the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation in Brisbane, in order to apply her studies in a
real-world environment.
Both of these CQUniversity students recently crossed paths at the Clermont Heritage Centre as recipients of Wangan and Jagalingou Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund (ACDF) scholarships, to assist them in their studies over the next four years.

Established by Glencore Coal Assets, the scholarships are valued at $12,500 each year for the duration of the students’ programs (a total value
of $100,000).

As descendants of the Wangan and Jagalingou People, both women had the opportunity to meet with CQUniversity Emerald campus coordinator Gai Sypher, Glencore Coal Assets Australia representatives and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are part of the ACDF Committee.

Studying business and accounting, Ms Chapman says her work in the hospitality industry promoted her interest in owning her own bar, while she also has aspirations to become a business teacher.
“Growing up I actually thought university was for non-Indigenous people, but as I got to high school I thought, nope, I really can do that. I can become a teacher,” she said.

“I want to have that higher education to show not only to me but also my family and friends that Indigenous people can achieve higher education.”

Ms Dunrobin says she has been able to step outside her comfort zone thanks to the support and encouragement of her lecturers.

She said her human resources management internship was a “fantastic opportunity” to gain hands-on workplace experience relevant to her studies, while the scholarship’s financial assistance would be a great help in paying educational expenses, enabling concentration on studies.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Physiotherapy a family affair

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

FIRST-year Australian Catholic University (ACU) student Te Kahui Nolan is following in the footsteps of his older brothers Waka and Ihaka by studying physiotherapy, continuing a tradition of ACU students pursuing a family profession.

The 20-year-old says he chose ACU because of its reputation for providing a great culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the facilities for studying health sciences.

Te Kahui said just being accepted into the course was a memorable moment and studying physiotherapy, like his brothers, has been his goal for many years.  

“I want to be a physiotherapist because I love learning about the body, how to maintain and treat it, and I really love interacting with people,” he said.

“What I like most about my studies is discovering the positive effect I can have on people, to be able to know the way the body works, and help others understand how to look after their own bodies.  

“It is really positive that my brothers are studying the same course.

“I am the youngest and if I need help understanding certain content or just general info about university being able to approach my brothers for advice and tips is fantastic.

Most other students aren’t able to do that.”

Te Kahui already has a plan for life after university.

“I am about to start an internship at North Sydney Sports Physio which will be great experience and give me a start on my career,” he said.

“My plan is to go into the workforce, gain experience, enhance my skills as physiotherapist and one day own my own business.”

ACU says it is committed to supporting Indigenous students like Te Kahui and his brothers.

Students have the choice of studying physiotherapy at an ACU campus in North Sydney, Ballarat or Brisbane, of combining on-campus and online study, or they can opt for distance study online.

There are other degrees in health sciences, education and arts, law and business, and theology and philosophy at one of ACU’s seven campuses. ACU’s Away from Base program supports distance students in education, midwifery, and business.  

Australian Catholic University student Te Kahul Nolan.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Academies opened at Dubbo

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Dubbo Girls Academy students with Aunty Pat Doolan (Wiradjuri Elder), Stacey Exner (executive principal of Dubbo College), Andrew Jones (principal of Dubbo College Senior Campus) and Ricky Grace (Girls Academy founder).

Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards


The inaugural national Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards have been launched with a mission to uncover everyday digital excellence and inspire Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and young people.

To be held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) on the 29 September 2017, the national awards will showcase IDX to corporate Australia.

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Curriculum revamp

THE draft Australian Curriculum attempts to move beyond, rather than entrench, a ‘black armband’ view of history, according to Aboriginal educator Chris Sarra.

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