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Nanga Mai Nominations Closing Soon!

There is just over two weeks left to nominate for the 2020 Nanga Mai Awards.

Nanga Mai is an Eora (Sydney) word meaning ‘to dream’.

The annual Nanga Mai Awards celebrate and recognise innovation, excellence and educational achievement in NSW public schools, communities and state offices. Please encourage department staff to nominate Aboriginal students, teachers and other department staff, Aboriginal community members and schools, demonstrating excellence across a diversity of areas.

In 2020 the awards will be held on Thursday 26 March in the Yallamundi Room, Sydney Opera House. Award winners receive a trophy and certificate as well as additional prizes.

Nominations close on Friday, 6 December 2019, please visit the Nanga Mai Awards website to nominate.

ATSIMA 2020 Conference

ATSIMA 2020 is the first mathematics education conference held in a Yolngu Community. It will provide delegates the opportunity to be immersed in a Yolngu Community, in Yolngu Language and Culture and explore the teaching and learning of mathematics that values Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. See more details about the conference at

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NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program

All Medicare eligible children under 18 years of age can access free dental care provided by NSW Health at public dental clinics. Some children may also be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). All children seen by public dental services receive the same high quality care regardless of their eligibility for CDBS and no fees are charged, even if CDBS benefits have been fully used up.

To book an appointment or for more information, contact your local public dental service.

In addition, from July 2019 students at participating schools will have access to free dental care through the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program. Primary school students in Western Sydney, the Mid North Coast and the Central Coast will be among the first to benefit. For the first year of the program, schools have been prioritised based on the level of oral health risk among their students.

The program will be delivered by experienced NSW Health staff, who will be using a combination of fully equipped dental vans and portable dental equipment set up on school grounds.

Parents and guardians will receive an Information and Consent Pack about the program before it is due to visit the school.

For more information on the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program visit the website:

STEAM Camp EOI – November 2019

The New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG Inc.) in conjunction with WestConnex will be conducting a STEAM Youth Development Camp for Aboriginal students from Years 5 to 11. To commence the process the NSW AECG Inc. is calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.


Indigenous Language Song Competition 2019

Schoolchildren raise their voices in celebration of the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition

The ABC and First Languages Australia have called for entries to the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support and sustain the languages and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, schools are invited to work with their local Indigenous community in translating the song Marrin Gamu into the first language of their area and record a video of their students performing the song. Videos uploaded to the ABC Education website are in the running for prizes such as local language resource packs and audio-visual recording equipment.

More than 2400 students from 80 schools across Australia have entered the annual competition since its launch in 2016, submitting videos in 52 Indigenous languages.

Annabel Astbury, Head of ABC Education, said: “We are inspired by the excitement among students and teachers to learn, celebrate and help preserve our first languages. We are proud to launch the competition in National Reconciliation Week and to work with First Languages Australia in helping schools build connections with local Indigenous communities, as part of the ABC’s commitment to building greater understanding of and respect for our First Peoples.”

Faith Baisden, Coordinator of First Languages Australia, said: “There are hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages and a wealth of cultural knowledge is held within each one. Discussions about Australia’s first languages can help create a society that knows and respects the history and cultures of this land.”

To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the ABC and First Languages Australia have also partnered on This Place, a digital initative that invites Indigenous Australians to create short videos sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, history and cultures.

The 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition is open until 30 August. For entry details and more information:

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