A part of celebrating Indigenous stories is ensuring at an organisational level we are honouring the contribution of our First Nations students and staff.

Celebrating Indigenous Stories

We have committed to a reinvigorated and meaningful Reconciliation Action Plan to ensure Story Factory is a culturally strong and safe place, across all aspects of our organisation.

We have recently hired Story Factory’s first Aboriginal Liaison Officer  to assist with this important work, and to support our Aboriginal students, families and communities.

Some of our fabulous Indigenous students’ writing has been brought wonderfully to life by our storyteller Russ, a proud Ngarrindjeri man.

Have a listen!

Wayne – The Devil and Me

 

Sky – T. Rex the Mountain Jumper

 

Brooklyn – My Story

STORY SNIPPETS

Dino Teleportation

One day at the edge of a world called the Dinosaur Life, there was a Dino named Baka. He was trying to teleport to the human world but the teleporter gun was accidentally switched to Alien World. Baka went to the cupboard where he keeps the teleporter gun and grabs the wrong one and goes to the Alien World instead.

He walks out of the teleporter made of diamond and sees a sticky hairy earth alien named Goleuo and starts talking to him.

Goleuo says, “If you stay here too long you’re going to turn into an alien. You need to go back.”

Baka agreed but Goleuo wanted to come with him. They go back through the teleporter and come out in the deep dark woods.

By Shaelari

Transmission 2

Hey viewers – so today something went wrong and it was almost a catastrophe! There were two options staring me in the eyes which were going past a volcano which could erupt at any moment or going through a dust storm which could send me off my path or lead me to death.

It was actually good research for my mission, though! Because I got to see what a volcano looks like in space and how it works. I have found out that there is no life here so far but so much hasn’t been explored so that it is unlivable on Mars.

It was really scary there for a while. First I had to climb a giant volcano that could erupt and send me flying at any moment. It was terrifying thinking that my life could end in a second and die from raging lava falling slowly down. The temperature changed and I could see the space station about one kilometre away and I have 5% oxygen.

By Maison

Transmission 3

Hello all my followers on Earth! A lot of you have been sending questions, asking what I eat on this mission. Well there are a lot of different foods I have to eat but my favourite one is mash potato and diced tomato. I mean it was ok but I think I prefer tuna and rice with cheese for the main course and for dessert chocolate with banana and peaches.

Food is obviously different for me back on Earth! I always think of the time when mum made chocolate with cupcakes that were warm.

By Kerryleigh

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

It's #AustralianReadingHour celebrating #StoriesthatMatter. For us at Story Factory, our students stories matter so it's the perfect chance to reread #thecoconutchildren by Vivian Pham, who wrote this captivating tale as part of our Year of the Novella writing program.  We want to know what you're reading and getting you feeling inspired too?
Why is literacy so important? Yes, literacy lets you experience your favourite books and different worlds and perspectives, and yes - literacy allows you participate in the workforce, and share your own perspective, and opens all kinds of doors - but ultimately what literacy does is empower.  Literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives. It expands and extends their capabilities to choose the life they want for themselves.  The pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the critical importance of literacy, and the absolute imperative that all young people everywhere are empowered through literacy.  This #internationalliteracyday we'll be doing our bit to make writing fun, accessible and empowering for young people in Western Sydney, so they can experience the life-changing magic of telling their own stories.  Maybe take a moment today the think about how literacy has shaped your own life too.
Tune in at 10am this Wednesday 28 July to NSW Department of Education Facebook page to catch Story Factory's own Matt Roden share some Cyborg poultry poetry tips from our much-loved Robot Bird workshops.  This free online workshop is perfect for primary school students, years 3-6. See you there bird-lovers! 🐦🐔🦅 #education #creativeeducation #creativewriting
Student writing from Marvellous Birds is flapping into our bookstore and into your homes. Pre-order your copy today to get your hands on some truly marvellous stuff, like these excerpts below.  Dinky Winky was a crazy bird but pretty helpful. Sen is easy to see because of her shiny red and blue feathers, her eyes were bright red but not when she looks at someone because she always wears contact lenses. - Staaistah, Dawson Public School  I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window. - Minh, Blaxcell Street Public School  The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative. – Maple, Plumpton Public School  ‘I AM SAVAGE BABY,’ he said with half an ice cream in his mouth. ‘You want to hear a dirty joke?’
‘NO I don’t.’ I shot back. ‘Okay, maybe just one, thank you.’
‘The dirty joke is that the man fell in the mud and for a clean joke, he washed himself. Ta da.’ - Huzifa, Punchbowl Public School  PREORDER TODAY: https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/book-shop/snkv4t0g2ocpr93uv9du0e4maqns4a-trtd5
We've got another very exciting new position available at Story Factory. We're looking for an Indigenous Storyteller to help us run creative writing programs with young people aged 7 to 17 in schools, community groups and at our centres.  The person we’re looking for has significant experience working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a deep understanding of how to support them to achieve the best outcomes; as well as a love of creative writing. Applicants be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Sound like you? Apply today!  https://www.storyfactory.org.au/work-with-us/