Early in 2010 Waggrakine was one of 15 Western Australian Schools selected to participate in The Leading 21st Century Schools: Engage with Asia (L21CS) project. The L21CS is a professional learning program that provides strategies and resources for the implementation of Asia literate curriculum that develops students' Asia skills to maximise their work and life opportunities.
Since this time we have been invovled in the Australian - Indonesian BRIDGE program and received two NALSSP grants from the Australian Eductaion Foundation. Three staff attended two different Indonesia study tours, one run by the AEF and the other run by the ACICIS and funded through NALSSP. Another staff also attended an EAF Malaysia study tour. To follow the journey of the 18 participants of the Malyunplugged blog go to www.malayunplugged2012.wordpress.com
. To see the journey of Paula and Lis on the Indonesia study tour with ACICIS in July 2012 go to indonesiafromthegroundup.wordpress.com
In 2012 our links through the Asia Education Foundation study tours and links through Microsoft Innovative schools have resulted in us communicating with a number of schools across Asia and we have now set up a number of buddy classes across Asia with our senior classes. This includes Royal College in Sri Lanka, A school in Korea, SD1 Cilegon in Java, SJK Yok BIn in Malaka, Malaysia and another school in Kuala Lumpur. Watch this space for links to blogs and web pages about the global collaboration projects.
The Engage with Aisa program offered us an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Australian Curriculum's cross curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia and the general capability of understanding.
Classes researched different Asian countries, looking at culture, the arts, society, foods and more. Our links were enhanced through our adopting a sister school in Bali. See our web page on our Bali sister school
for more info about our links with our sister school.
In November 2010 we were successful in receiving a $40 000 NALSSP Becoming Asia Literate: Grant. Waggrakine Primary school teamed up with our partners from the L21CS program, Allendale Primary School, Bluff Point Primary School, Leeman Primary School and were joined by John Willcock College to develop a shared vision to focus on the teaching and learning of Asian languages and/or the studies of Asia related to one or more of the four NALSSP target countries. Our hub has made a commitment to focus on Indonesian as an important neighbour who will play an important role in our children's future.
In the same week we were also successful in receiving and Indonesian Language Hub grant of $100 000 over two years. This grant will allow us to develop a professional learning community that is focused on promoting Asian literacy for our students with a seamless curriculum from primary to secondary schools.