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Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable

Inspirational Book Recognises Strong Community Action In Warburton Ranges

Victor P Taffa

An inspirational book that celebrates a successful Breakfast Program in a Remote Western Australian school was today launched by Education Minister Liz Constable at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

‘The Breakfast Story Book’ documents the Breakfast Program at Warburton Ranges Remote Community School, 1,600km North-East of Perth between the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts.

The Minister said a revolving intergenerational group of 24 mothers, aunties and grandmothers has provided a healthy breakfast each day for up to 35 children since November 2008.

 

“In mid-2009, these dedicated women developed a catering service that provides for school and community events.” Dr. Constable said.

“As I witnessed firsthand on a visit to the community last year, these women value the school highly and the way they involve themselves so thoroughly in the schooling of their children is nothing short of inspirational.”

“They are not only providing a nutritious start to the day for the children, but they are also contributing to the children’s literacy education by giving the students a book they can relate closely to the local content.” Dr. Constable said.

“Positive and productive school-community partnerships are very important to all schools, and this partnership is particularly significant.”

“The influence of this partnership has spread to other communities as the women have also travelled to Warakurna to train that community to establish their own breakfast program.” Dr. Constable said.

Speaking at the launch at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, the Minister said the publication of ‘The Breakfast Story Book’ honoured the achievements of the women from Warburton while also providing a literacy resource for the students.

The book was written by the women using a selection of photos and English captions. The women will also read the book to the students, who speak Ngaanyatjarra as their first language.

The breakfast women, who hold weekly meetings to discuss issues and plan future activities, will soon have a new ‘home’ to conduct their service.

Dubbed ‘The Family Place’, the new building on school grounds is due to open shortly, giving the breakfast women their own space to expand activities.

Warburton is the largest of 10 campuses that make up the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School, which is heavily influenced by the predominant culture of the Ngaanyatjarra people. Their traditional law and custom is present in everyday life. 

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