Good Shepherd Catholic School in Lockridge welcomed Aboriginal Elder Josie Wowolla Boyle, an acclaimed Wonghi storyteller, musician, and visual artist from WA as guest host for its Together We Come event held in September.
The author of several children’s books, Ms Boyle has been enchanting children of all ages since the 1980s and performs in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
The event at Good Shepherd was a celebration of traditions of story telling about the Dreaming, and was part of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ state-wide Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (PALS) initiative, which encourages schools to develop projects which encourage reconciliation in their community.
Focusing on student engagement and community participation, the event encouraged active learning of local Aboriginal culture and artforms.
Ms Boyle regaled students, staff and members of the community with interactive songs and stories focused on the experiences of Aboriginal people in Australia.
The school engaged youth services in the community and invited those with young children in the extended area to take part in the event.
Photos of the event are publicly exhibited with the PALS display at the Wardinji Festival, part of the Fremantle Festival during October.