Indigenous Literacy Day celebrated by students and staff at Denman Public School

THE playground at Denman Public School (DPS) was a sea of colour this week as students and staff participated in an Student Representative Council out-of-uniform fundraiser to promote Indigenous Literacy Day.

For the first time ever, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation invited primary and early learners across Australia to a very special Indigenous Literacy Day celebration presented in collaboration with Sydney Opera House.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a charity with a vision for equity of opportunity for all Australian children.

In past years this occasion has taken place at the Sydney Opera House with children from remote communities, local schools, ILF ambassadors and supporters.

But this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event is open Australia wide.

The 45 minute event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's first languages was broadcast live on YouTube and all DPS students enjoyed the opportunity to engage with the celebration.

ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy performed an Australian favourite, while fellow ambassadors Anita Heiss, Andy Griffiths, Alison Lester, Shelley Ware, Josh Pyke, Gregg Dreiss, Jared Thomas, Natalie Ahmat, co-Patron June Oscar AO, and special guest Uncle Archie Roach were joined by kids and community members from Jilkminggan and the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory to share some delightful stories.

The DPS SRC used this opportunity to host an out-of-uniform day to support the foundation to publish more community stories in home languages.

Principal Megan Druitt was delighted students are relishing the opportunity to participate in engaging online activities.

"I'm so proud of our students and the way in which they've adapted to new learning platforms and activities in the current climate," she said.

"I would also like to acknowledge the amazing work of our staff who are continually seeking new ways to engage and extend student learning."

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