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Schools reconciliation projects celebrated at awards ceremony

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has today presented the 2017 PALS awards to schools from across the State in a ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program encourages young people to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture, and to be active participants in the reconciliation journey.

This year, more than half of all Western Australian schools from across the State participated in PALS reconciliation activities, including the production of an animation based around the dreaming story of Bibra Lake, a performing arts production, Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens and a Noongar language program.

The Minister presented awards to the following category award winners:

  • Aboriginal Language and History – Bold Park Community School;
  • Arts and Culture – Lumen Christi College;
  • Digital and Technology – Bibra Lake Primary School;
  • Environment – Lancelin Primary School;
  • Health and Wellbeing – Bluff Point Primary School;
  • Student Engagement and Community Participation – joint winners Mater Dei College and Durham Road School; and
  • Troy Cook Award – Bibra Lake Primary School.