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

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It’s feeling *really* good to get back to Story Factory HQ and speak to our Storyteller in Chief Richard about all the exciting things that are happening in our #artwritelight project, collaborating with @blakdouglas and @esemprojects
Congratulations Jihad!  We're over the moon that one of our Year of Poetry writers, Jihad Yassine's poem Box has been awarded The 2021 Hachette Australia's Prize for Young Writers in the category of poetry. The prize was presented online as part of the National Young Writers Festival over the weekend.  Enjoy Jihad’s winning piece here: https://lnkd.in/gs-iuXB4  📷Jacquie Manning
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.  📷Jim A.Baker
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