Our #photooftheweek comes from our five-day New Educator Induction program, where a whole day was dedicated to cultural integrity workshops. These workshops encapsulated the Directorate’s vision for reconciliation and cultural integrity across ACT public schools by developing and maintaining genuine, collaborative and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Among the activities was a game of Juluhya - a popular Indigenous game traditionally played by rolling pebbles down long, rolled up sheets of bark. The game encourages teamwork and communication to achieve the best time from start to finish.
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Back to school is an exciting time for students and families. Attending an ACT Public School is free for all children and young people in the ACT, but we know that some families feel pressure as a result of the costs associated with things like school uniforms, book packs and stationery. Help is available. The ACT Government is committed to supporting all children and young people in having the opportunity to fully participate in school programs and activities. Our schools are resourced to assist students to access everyday essentials and to meet the diverse needs of our students, including by supplying book packs (including stationery) and personal hygiene products (such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and sanitary hygiene products). Chromebook laptops are also provided for all high school and college students. Schools are also funded to support students who may have complex social or personal circumstances. This funding can be used by schools to support student expenses including (but not limited to): school uniforms, food (breakfast, morning fruit etc), book packs and stationery, school excursions or camps, transport and participation in enrichment activities. Making access to education equitable for all students, regardless of personal circumstances, is a core objective of our public education system. If you need financial assistance, please contact your school directly about what you and your child might need. Visit https://bit.ly/2TOjk6K for more information.