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Best Indigenous Resource Award, Batik Program, Graduation
Yakanarra Community School
Students at Yakanarra Community School learned how to create hand made batiks in a program headed by Jan Dayman. Beginning with creating their own designs, students learned how to apply wax to the cloth to preserve their designs. Some of the batik designs were applied to squares of cloth while others were applied to a cloth bag.
The dying process was done by hand in a large vat heated open an open fire while students took turns stirring and testing the fabrics. The end result was a beautiful array of interesting and colourful batik bags and swatches.
As a final phase of the project, the students put together a collection of the finest batik prints and had the opportunity of showing their work at the Matso's Gallery in Broome.
Some sample designs are featured below:
Best Indigenous Resource Award
Jessie Moora and Mary Vanbee, Walmajarri Language Teachers at Yakanarra Community School, proudly display the national award for Best Indigenous Resource presented to the school by the Australian Teachers of Media Association.
The award is for the production of an interactive CD-Rom on Walmajarri language. Three other schools were also part of the project - Wulungarra Community School, Kururrungku Catholic Education Centre and John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School.
Jessie believes the award is due recognition of the hard work that goes into the promotion of Walmajarri language and culture, a core area of activity at Yakanarra Community School. She also found it exciting to be working with three other remote schools to produce a high quality resource of great value to the schools.
Stella Jimbidie was a proud mum as her daughter Melinda received a Diploma in Education (ATSI) from Notre Dame University in Broome at a graduation ceremony on 28 July 2000.
Stella and Melinda are from Yakanarra Community and Melinda teaches at Yakanarra Community School. Melinda is the second graduate from Yakanarra in the Diploma course after Jessie Moora, and at only 21 years of age it is a great achievement by her.
Yakanarra Community School currently has 4 more students studying at Notre Dame who are looking forward to taking their place as teachers alongside Melinda and Jessie.