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Literacy and Heritage Camps

Our most recent Literacy & Heritage camp took place on Saturday 25th October at Federation University’s newly built BCTC building in Ballarat, Victoria. 16 children from the Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh areas attended, along with 5 volunteers and 5 tutors.

Aboriginal Literacy Foundation CEO, David Perrin, and Founder/Chairman, Dr Tony Cree were also at the camp.

CEO, David Perrin, Sue Bacon, and Chairman, Tony Cree

ALF CEO, David Perrin (left) with Sue Bacon and ALF Chairman, Tony Cree (right)

After arriving, all students undertook a literacy test to gauge reading levels and their rate of improvement since the last camp took place. We were delighted to see an improvement in many of the children.

Afterwards, students divided time between tutorials, reading and literacy games. “Lex’s Bookworm Adventures” was the favourite game among the students. Everyone then took a break for a healthy lunch which was provided by the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.

The camp’s cultural activity was conducted by Janet Thorp, a renowned Ballarat artist, who led the children through a painting exercise, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Afterwards, children were taken to Rinald’s Mount View Riding School and led along the scenic Warrenheip trail on horseback.

Literacy testing

Students with tutor, PaulineAnne Cooper with grandson

Students painting

Students setting out from Mt Rinaldi Riding School

The Warrenheip Trail

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the camp so enjoyable and beneficial for the children involved. We are very much looking forward to the next camp, and seeing even greater improvements in the students’ literacy levels and engagement with their education.