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The school where you get a book at assembly!

The school where you get a book at assembly!

One week last term, the kids at Mornington Island State School got a big surprise at their school assembly when each of them received a book of their own to take home. The books had been gifted to the school by way of our Book Supply program. “They were thrilled,” says Kate Stasser, Head of Curriculum Primary). “And what was really lovely was just afterwards seeing an older brother reading to his little sister.” Mornington Island is in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There are 276 students enrolled in years K to 10 at the school, and all but six of them...

  • Posted 21 January, 2020


Encouraging daily reading and active listening to stories

Encouraging daily reading and active listening to stories

A southern dialect of Pitjantjatjara as well as English is spoken in remote Tjuntjuntjara, WA where books from the our Book Supply feature during daily reading time at the community school. The books are set out on a trolley on the verandah at the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School, for the kids to access after the morning recess break. They’re rotated each week, so there’s always a new selection. “The students love these books,” says Monika Klein, Playgroup Coordinator at the school. “They love the variety and are always excited when the boxes of new books arrive.” Any kids who can’t...

  • Posted 07 January, 2020


Having a book of your own

Having a book of your own

At Pormpuraaw, on the remote west coast of Cape York Peninsula, kids aged from 0 to 12 years are increasingly enthralled by books from ILF. “Definitely with more access to books the kids are showing more interest in reading.” Books from our Foundation have been delivered to Pormpuraaw, a remote community on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, for the past five years. And kids aged from 0 to 12 years are increasingly enthralled by them. “They are now more willing to sit down and read them] or just look through the pictures,” says Erin Kendall, the Children’s Services...

  • Posted 31 December, 2019


Laying strong foundations for literacy

Laying strong foundations for literacy

When books from our Book Supply arrive at the preschool at Maningrida College in Arnhem Land, the staff are never short of help with the unpacking of the books. “There’s such excitement when the books arrive,” says Michelle Eddy, one of the preschool teachers. “The mums and kids love opening the boxes.” The preschool has been receiving books from our Book Supply program for just two years, but already the teachers have noticed the impact they’re having. They created an outdoor reading space where they read to the kids each day. Now the kids are heading for the books at other...

  • Posted 24 December, 2019


Making Every Hike Count - Our Award-Winning Fundraising Partner

Making Every Hike Count - Our Award-Winning Fundraising Partner

We were thrilled to hear that Emu Trekkers, one of our most generous fundraising partners, has recently won Gold for the Best Adventure Tour Operator in the NSW Tourism Awards. The brainchild of Tristan Harley and his wife Rutty, Emu Trekkers is a hiking tour operator with two big differences — all hikes are led entirely by volunteers, and all proceeds from fees charged are donated towards charitable purposes. Its setting up was inspired by the Quetzal Trekkers in Nicaragua and Guatemala, a not-for-profit organisation which raises money to build schools for local kids. ‘We started out quite small,’ Tristan...

  • Posted 23 December, 2019