Gumdale State School’s Great Book Swap - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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Gumdale State School recently hosted The Great Book Swap in celebration of Indigenous Literacy Day. Held in partnership with the Gumdale State School Student Council, students were invited to swap a gold coin for a pre-loved book and raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The $1,163 raised by Gumdale will gift 116 culturally-relevant books into the hands of children in remote communities – and that’s something to smile about!

The school’s involvement in The Great Book Swap was initiated by the Gumdale State School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives Team, consisting of teachers and other staff members, parents, carers and community members. Since its inception in 2019, three Reconciliation Action Plans have been successfully implemented by the team through the Narragunnawali platform, a program of Reconciliation Australia.

Each year the team facilitates the celebration and commemoration of important events such as National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week, and provides time and space for students to work with Uncle Norman Enoch to learn more about Quandamooka Country.

Gumdale State School staff are offered capability-building professional development opportunities, while seeking ways to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within the school’s curriculum planning.

Gumdale State School is grateful to all the families that donated books, the students, staff, parents and community members that visited The Great Book Swap and the members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives Team and the Student Council for their contributions in making this event a great success.

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