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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Applications sought for MacKillop scholarships

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

APPLICATIONS for the Mary MacKillop Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarships are now open. And  for the first time, students can submit their application via video.

The scholarships include course fees and $3000 a year towards study expenses such as text books, IT costs, travel and accommodation.

Students can study any discipline at any level and at any recognised tertiary and further education provider in Australia.

Since 1998, more than 100 scholarship recipients have been supported to complete a tertiary degree.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, dedication and drive and academic merit and potential.

Applications close on August 31. More details are available HERE

Mary MacKillop scholarship recipient Stewart James, from Narrandera, NSW, is completing a Bachelor of Education.

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


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

STEM winners will engineer bright futures

Story courtesy the Koori Mail


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fruitful year for USQ Trainees

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Community teaches the goal of a program

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

 A GROUP of Charles Darwin University students from Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory has visited Darwin as part of a program aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous teachers in community schools.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) students are taking part in an accredited and nationally recognised teacher education program at CDU through the Growing Our Own (GOO) program in partnership with the Catholic Education Office.

During the visit, the 17 students from Bathurst Island, Daly River, Katherine, Santa Teresa and Wadeye undertook an intensive unit and visited urban schools.

Tiwi student Tammy Kerinaiwa, who is in her second year of study, said she wanted to formalise her qualifications as a teacher after being inspired by her aunt and grandfather.

“Growing up with my aunty who was a Tiwi principal, I had always wanted to become a teacher,” she said.

“When I become a qualified teacher I will be able to pass my knowledge on and also encourage the next generation of teachers in our community.”

CDU GOO coordinator Ben Van Gelderen said the program was customised to meet the needs of the students, and their communities and schools.

“The program is set up around the idea of two-way learning and knowledge exchange,” he said.

Ms Kerinaiwa said that having local people teach in communities provided an opportunity for Indigenous knowledge to be incorporated into the curriculum.

Now in its eighth year, the Federal Government-funded program has had 21 graduates, who have taken up teaching positions at remote Indigenous schools.
During the program each student’s work is checked against that of other students in the course and on completion they can apply for membership of the Northern Territory Teachers Registration Board.

Tiwi student Tammy Kerinaiwa and CDU Growing Our Own coordinator Ben Van Gelderen with staff and students.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Women find common ground at Uni of Southern Qld

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE history and cultures of Chicana and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women recently found common ground at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba.

A program, ‘Indigenous Women and Creative Traditions: Transforming Lives through Radical Practice’, connected Chicana (women of Mexican-American heritage) and Indigenous Australian artists and scholars through an art exhibition, panel and a series of lectures.

Professor Lara Medina and Professor Yreina D Cervantez, from California State University travelled from Los Angeles for the USQ-sponsored event.

Together, they shared insights into Chicana culture and identity with presentations such as ‘The Medicine of Historical Memory: The Chicana/o Experience’; ‘Lightning in the Blood: Reclaiming Identity and Xicana Power’; and ‘Indigenous Art of Death: Ceremony, Ritual Healing and Reclamation’.

Prof Medina and Prof Cervantes also joined local Aboriginal artists to create the Days of the Dead: Living, Recalling Spirit and Ancestors  exhibition, drawing on traditions and practices for recalling the work of ancestors and spiritualties.

Curated by USQ’s Alma Cervantes and Megan Darr, the exhibition also featured Robyn Heckenberg, Kim Walmsley, Chris Kelly and Martha Martinez.
USQ’s collaboration with California State University will continue with Dr Kathryn Gilbey undertaking a 2016 Fulbright scholarship there later this year.
At USQ: from left, Robyn Heckenberg, Dr Kathryn Gilbey, Chris Kelly. Martha Martinez, Megan Cooper, Alma Cervantes, Elder Uncle Darby McCarthy, Professor Lara Medina, Professor Yreina D Cervantes and Megan Darr.

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


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