Micro Grants and School Activities

The Healing Foundation recently offered micro grants of up to $700 to schools to run activities about the Stolen Generations based on the new Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students. Some activities took place during National Reconciliation Week and others will take place around NAIDOC Week 2019.

Below are some wonderful accounts of how recipients used their micro grant funding.

Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham

Christian Brothers’ High School in Lewisham held its event on Tuesday 28 May 2019. The school invited Stolen Generations survivors Uncle Michael Welsh and Uncle Bobby Young from the Kinchela Boys Home to a whole-school assembly attended by 2000 people.

‘The two uncles from Kinchela Boys home, Uncle Michael and Uncle Bobby along with Aunty Amanda who accompanied them, were absolutely fantastic. Their presence, the 20 minute video shown to the whole school and their address to our students and staff was extraordinary!

‘We are most grateful for their time, openness and the healing they offered our community during such a significant week. It was particularly poignant that the guests remained at our school to speak with many of our Aboriginal students following the assembly.

‘They partook in a smoking ceremony and mentored our young lads, offering them such insightful and genuine advice about the importance of education, speaking up and seeking support and encouraging them all to achieve their potential. This was just phenomenal.’
– Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham

Yarraville West Primary School -Victoria

Yarraville West Primary School in Victoria held its event on Friday 26 July. The school invited Stolen Generations survivor Ian Hamm to share his personal story with all grade 3 – 6 students.

“We are very grateful to Ian for sharing his story, which has had such an impact on our students’ and their understanding of this time in Australia’s history.” Yarraville West Primary School

Finn, Chloe and all of the students from 5/6 Aimee worked together on a response, which they gave to Ian on behalf of Yarraville West Primary School.

Dear Ian, On behalf of Yarraville West Primary we’d like to thank you for the time you spent here. Thank you for coming and telling us about your life story. We’d like to apologise for our ancestors’ mistakes and assumptions about the Aboriginal community. And we’d like to thank you for your take-home message ‘don’t ever make fun of someone because of their race’. We know it’s not easy to share your life story. We think it’s very glorious that you are helping the Aboriginal community move forward and informing places like our school about things like you described in your life story. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. Sincerely, Finn, Chloe & and 5/6 Aimee.

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