City of Wanneroo Education Expo unveils Noongar museum in a box idea


Marion Chalker (Aboriginal Diversity Officer) and Museum Education Officer Gabrielle Grime. Picture: Martin Kennealey d481258
Marion Chalker (Aboriginal Diversity Officer) and Museum Education Officer Gabrielle Grime. Picture: Martin Kennealey d481258

A NOONGAR museum in a box was among the education programs highlighted at a City of Wanneroo event recently.

The City launched the museum outreach kit during its Education Expo at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre on March 28, which attracted more than 40 teachers and early educators from schools and day cares.

The event showcased the variety of free or low-cost education programs, which include museum and heritage, civics and citizenship, waste and sustainability, visual arts, early childhood support programs, conservation, youth services, libraries and youth entrepreneurship programs.

The Noongar museum in a box kit includes a collection of multi-sensory resources, selected in consultation with Aboriginal educators, to introduce young children to Noongar culture, language and history.

Schools can book the kits, which also have guides for educators with activity suggestions to integrate Aboriginal perspectives across the Early Years Framework and Australian curriculum.

More than 25 schools have already registered to use the resources.

“The City has so many useful education resources and it is important that teachers are aware of what is available,” Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“Heritage education is taken to a whole new level with Buckingham House, Cockman House and the Wanneroo Regional Museum.

“We have our very own waste education officer who can visit schools and lift the bin lid on what happens to waste and how to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

For more information, call 9405 5920 or email museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

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