PALS is an initiative of the Department which encourages Western Australian schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community.
PALS commenced in 2004 and is based on the core attributes of:
Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people;Acceptance of difference as unique and to be respected;Learning more about ourselves and each other, and,Sharing a common journey along the path of healing and reconciliation towards a more harmonious and optimistic future.
All Western Australian schools are invited to apply for PALS funding by designing and submitting a reconciliation project relating to one of the six PALS categories that they believe will influence positive change and understanding in their school environment.
Projects can vary and range from producing Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens, running NAIDOC Week events or fostering relationships between students and Aboriginal Elders through school incursions and excursions. All funded projects must be acquitted in September by submitting the completed project. The projects will then be judged as part of the annual PALS Awards process.
Each year Awards are offered to outstanding PALS projects in each category and are presented at a PALS Awards ceremony, including an overall winner.
In 2017, over half of the schools in WA are coordinating PALS projects that aim to increase student's understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways.
PALS complements the teaching syllabus and can assist schools in implementing the
Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. PALS was developed in collaboration with the
Department of Education,
Catholic Education Office and the
Association of Independent Schools WA.
PALS participants contribute to building a better society – a community that is ultimately free of racism and prejudice and instead filled with harmony, hope, understanding and acceptance.
Funding assistance of $1,000 is available for your school to complete a PALS project. PALS projects are varied, and your school may already be involved with initiatives that are eligible for PALS funding. PALS funding is available to all WA primary and secondary schools and encourages schools with and without Aboriginal students to participate.
PALS projects must focus on reconciliation and align with one or more of our six categories:
Student Engagement and Community Participation: increasing student engagement by developing sustainable community partnerships focused on building better relationships and futures between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, leading to increased involvement and engagement of Aboriginal parents and communities in school life.
Arts and Culture: embracing Aboriginal culture through performing, musical and visual arts.
Health and Wellbeing: developing more health conscious and knowledgeable students through sustainable physical and mental health initiatives and activities.
Aboriginal Language and History: researching and increasing the awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal language(s) and history and participating in the positive promotion and acknowledgement within the school and wider community.
Environment: creating, improving and developing a welcoming school and community environment that encourages participation from Aboriginal people and encourages the sustainable use of natural resources. Digital and Technology: utilising digital technology to incorporate Aboriginal culture into the school environment.
Digital Technology: utilising digital technology to incorporate Aboriginal culture into the school environment.
The PALS funding round for 2018 has closed.
To find out more information about PALS, or to register your interest for funding for 2019, please contact the PALS Team on 08 9427 3470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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