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A Collaborative Journey for Bloomfield River State School and Peace Lutheran College

Building upon an existing connection established by Wujal Wujal community Elders, Bloomfield River State School (BRSS) and Peace Lutheran College (Peace) are embarking on a transformative partnership supported by the Yadha Muru Foundation (YMF) and the Australian Government’s City-Country Partnerships Program. This initiative, guided by the “Walking and Learning in Two Worlds” framework, aims to foster stronger relationships between students, empower educators and ultimately improve educational outcomes for both communities.

At the heart of the program lies a commitment to fostering genuine connections between Year 4 students in both schools. Starting in 2024, each year will see a new cohort join, culminating in all Year 4-6 students being engaged by 2026. This sustained interaction lays a solid foundation for academic and social development, preparing students for a smooth transition to secondary education.

The program addresses key needs for both schools. For BRSS, it tackles disparities in educational access and outcomes by strengthening literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills through collaborative projects and culturally responsive strategies. This equips students with the tools needed to thrive in secondary settings, particularly during the transition from a remote context to an urban environment.

For Peace, the partnership offers valuable opportunities for cultural immersion and connection with the Wujal Wujal community. Students will gain firsthand understanding of Indigenous perspectives and traditions, fostering empathy and dismantling cultural barriers. Additionally, peer coaching experiences built into the program will enhance Peace students’ general capabilities and cross-cultural awareness.

Beyond immediate benefits, the partnership fosters a lasting relationship between the two schools, nurturing mutual respect and understanding. Teachers from both institutions will participate in joint planning, curriculum design and peer coaching, fostering collaborative practices and professional development. This exchange of knowledge and expertise empowers educators to create more culturally responsive and effective learning environments for their students.

The Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council strongly endorses this initiative, recognising its potential to create enduring connections and contribute to the cultural and educational enrichment of both communities. This partnership paves the way for a brighter future, where students from diverse backgrounds can learn and grow together, fostering a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape in Australia.

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