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Supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

 As the Learning Centre prepares to celebrate Book Week 2019, it is timely to reflect on the importance of literacy in the lives of our students and at the same time acknowledge that illiteracy is a major issue facing Indigenous Communities.  While Siena’s Learning Centre is stacked with shelves of contemporary fiction and non fiction texts and junior English classes enjoy the opportunity to read in the Learning Centre one lesson per timetable cycle, Indigenous students in remote communities are lacking in resources and skills needed to access these resources.  For this reason, Siena has committed to supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Great Book Swap. 

2017 NAPLAN results reflected the fact that 35% of Indigenous Year 5 students in remote NT communities meet the minimum standard for reading, compared to 95% of non-Indigenous students.  Founded in 2005, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation co-ordinates programs which aim to develop pre literacy skills, supply books distributed by road, air or sea to creches, schools, playgroups, women’s centres and health centres and publish and fund stories written by Indigenous people for Indigenous people.  Since 2005, ILF has gifted over 350 000 books to more than 280 remote communities and published 88 stories written by community reflecting up to 18 Aboriginal languages. 

Siena students are invited to support the work of the ILF in three main ways: 

Firstly, by participating in our Great Book Swap.  Browse their bookshelves for a book/some books they’ve enjoyed and are ready to pass on.  Ensure the book is in good condition and would appeal to peers.  Bring the book along and place it in the donations box in the Learning Centre. For each book donated, students will receive a ticket which will indicate the number of books donated. For each book donated, students are invited to take a book.  The Book Swap will take place on Wednesday 28th August at Lunchtime in the Learning Centre.

On the day of our great Book Swap, all students are encouraged to bring in gold coins to donate to the ILF.  Donations will be collected in House Groups.  

Lastly, all money raised from our Bake Sale for this term will go to the ILF.  

We are hopeful that, by shining a light on the joys and privileges we gain from reading, we can help to share this enjoyment with Indigenous Australians in remote areas.  

For more information on the ILF please go to  https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/

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 As the Learning Centre prepares to celebrate Book Week 2019, it is timely to reflect on the importance of literacy in the lives of our students and at the same time acknowledge that illiteracy is a major issue facing Indigenous Communities.  While Siena’s Learning Centre is stacked with shelves of contemporary fiction and non fiction texts and junior English classes enjoy the opportunity to read in the Learning Centre one lesson per timetable cycle, Indigenous students in remote communities are lacking in resources and skills needed to access these resources.  For this reason, Siena has committed to supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Great Book Swap. 

2017 NAPLAN results reflected the fact that 35% of Indigenous Year 5 students in remote NT communities meet the minimum standard for reading, compared to 95% of non-Indigenous students.  Founded in 2005, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation co-ordinates programs which aim to develop pre literacy skills, supply books distributed by road, air or sea to creches, schools, playgroups, women’s centres and health centres and publish and fund stories written by Indigenous people for Indigenous people.  Since 2005, ILF has gifted over 350 000 books to more than 280 remote communities and published 88 stories written by community reflecting up to 18 Aboriginal languages. 

Siena students are invited to support the work of the ILF in three main ways: 

Firstly, by participating in our Great Book Swap.  Browse their bookshelves for a book/some books they’ve enjoyed and are ready to pass on.  Ensure the book is in good condition and would appeal to peers.  Bring the book along and place it in the donations box in the Learning Centre. For each book donated, students will receive a ticket which will indicate the number of books donated. For each book donated, students are invited to take a book.  The Book Swap will take place on Wednesday 28th August at Lunchtime in the Learning Centre.

On the day of our great Book Swap, all students are encouraged to bring in gold coins to donate to the ILF.  Donations will be collected in House Groups.  

Lastly, all money raised from our Bake Sale for this term will go to the ILF.  

We are hopeful that, by shining a light on the joys and privileges we gain from reading, we can help to share this enjoyment with Indigenous Australians in remote areas.  

For more information on the ILF please go to  https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/