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Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB) recently collaborated with Orana Heights Public School to deliver a session about Dreamtime stories for DHUB participants attending the local school.
Following DHUB’s previous sessions with Orana Heights, the response from participants showed a call for more interactive cultural activities, in particular Dreamtime stories. DHUB Aboriginal Mentors created a new session to engage the students by having them create their own stories. These were based on the Dreamtime stories they had previously heard and what those stories meant to them.
Throughout this session, participants allowed their creativity to guide them. Some of the stories they shared included: ‘How The Crocodile Got Its Teeth’, ‘How The Emu Learnt To Fly’ and ‘How The Turtle Got Its Shell’. These all had incredible illustrations to accompany them.
What made this session even more special was that several parents attended the session and assisted their children with their creations.
The feedback from the parents was glowing, with many saying the session went far beyond their expectations. Many shared conversations with their children following in-school sessions with DHUB, highlighting their positive experiences. They also shared how much they enjoyed spending time with their children in the classroom and participating in the DHUB session.
Those who participated said they were looking forward to being involved in another session with DHUB.
“It was a pleasure to see so many parents and carers accept our invitation to attend, and we are looking forward to many more,” said Caroline, DHUB School Teams Leader.
“DHUB is not just about the participants- it’s about including all our families, friends and carers in as many activities, events and school sessions as we can.”
As part of the NSW Government’s OCHRE initiative (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment), Bamara leads the work of the Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB), a program for Aboriginal students in Dubbo and Wellington focusing on transitioning from education to careers and employment.