QLF Schools Program 2024

QLF’s hugely successful Schools Program has delivered another round of outstanding events for children across the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Children attending Queenscliff kindergarten and Lonsdale House kindergarten program enjoyed a visit from Wadawurrung educator Ash Skinner, who shared stories and Indigenous artefacts for the children to explore. The animal skins were touched many times. The didgeridoo playing was very engaging and well received by the young children.

Students in P-2 at Point Lonsdale Primary School, Queenscliff Primary School and St Aloysius Primary School had creative sessions with Wadawurrung artist Rhys Jeffs, who told Indigenous stories about the land and animals. Rhys gently wove the importance of respect for people and our land.  The children created individual art works using Indigenous motifs and a group art work for each of the schools to hand in their foyers. The paintings represented our local connection to the land and sea.

Yankunyjatjara and Wirangu author, educator, and Indigenous Literacy Foundation Ambassador Shelley Ware entertained Years 4 and 5 students with stories of her family and her writing, and a reading of her hit picture book about a rag-tag football team, We Are Matildas. Shelley described the kids from Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, and St Aloysius primary schools as ‘brilliant children’, saying she 'loved their questions and imaginations.' Shelley’s inspirational and thought provoking conversation inspired students to write during their break times on the day.

Bellarine musical icon Sarah Carroll and emerging artist MOZË spent several days writing original songs with Year 5 and 6 students from Point Lonsdale Primary School, Queenscliff Primary School, and St Aloysius Primary School, culminating in an amazing, joyous concert at Queenscliff Town Hall. Sarah Carroll described it as ‘absolutely glorious,’ while MOZË said she’d had 'the best week in the world'. Students and parents have commented what a celebration the concert was, bringing together the three schools and community. Sarah’s enthusiasm and warmth inspired the students to write lyrics that reflected their understanding of the Wadawurrung country.

QLF offers its huge thanks to the staff and students who participated in these events, the writers and illustrators who invested their time and creativity, and the QLF committee members for their work in organising such valuable events for children across the Borough. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!


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