Stanmore PS’s Greatest Book Swap

Stanmore Public School Indigenous Literacy Day
Stanmore Public School students enjoying Indigenous Literacy Day 2018

This year Stanmore Public School has raised $562 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation! Stanmore Public School raised the money through hosting a book swap and a mufti day. The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities. Schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs and all kinds of organisations can host one.

Stanmore Public School is dedicated to supporting all member of the Australia community in having the resources that are needed to prosper in literacy.

A big thank you to all that supported the event.

Indigenous Literacy Day 5th September 2018

Stanmore Public School was delighted to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day at the Sydney Opera House.

Introducing the morning was the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) Ambassador and NITV news presenter Natalie Ahmat who welcomed students and teachers from 20 schools across Sydney. Special guests and supporters including Josh Pyke and Justine Clarke, Alison Lester and Uncle Allen Madden.

Uncle Allen Madden kicked off proceedings with a very informative and engaging Welcome to Country. Josh Pyke and Justine Clarke then thrilled everyone with ‘Words Make the World Go Around’. The Stanmore students that attended were particular excited to meet Justine Clarke.

A highlight of the celebrations was the launch of NINE exciting new books for children. Written in Kriol, the Binjari Buks – three board books, three picture books and three chapter books – were developed and illustrated by a group of amazing women from Binjari community near Katherine in the Northern Territory.

ILF Lifetime Ambassador and renowned author and illustrator Alison Lester did the honours of launching the book, speaking of the field trips she has been on with our Foundation to some very remote communities, and the joys of helping people turn their stories into books.

“It’s very important for kids to see their own lives reflected in books,” Alison said. “And it’s vital that they are able to learn to read in their first language because this is what makes literacy and learning more accessible.”

Parts of the information in this article was extracted from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s new and events page. For more information surrounding the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, please follow the link:


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