PALS is an initiative of the department which encourages WA schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community. PALS is based on the core attributes of:
Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people based on trust, mutual respect and understanding;
Acceptance of and respect for diversity and valuing Aboriginal perspectives;
Learning more about each other, Aboriginal histories, languages and cultures; and how we can build strong partnerships with Aboriginal people;
Sharing a common journey towards healing and reconciliation.
Applying for PALS
The PALS funding round for 2020 is now open
Please contact the PALS Officer on (08) 6552 1552 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you require further assistance.
PALS projects must focus on reconciliation and align with one or more of our six categories. In addition, an in class learning component is mandatory and must feature with your grant.
- Arts: Embracing traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art by exploring visual and performing art forms; engaging with Aboriginal people to share traditional knowledge, to learn and practice these art forms and to understand the role of art as a means of story-telling in Aboriginal culture.
- Community Relationships: Building collaborative, trusting and respectful relationships with Aboriginal students, families and communities; developing and maintaining sustainable partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across the entire school community.
- Connecting to Country and Culture: Exploring the strong spiritual connection between Aboriginal people and Country including the importance of land, caring for country and using natural resources in a sustainable manner; spending time on country; and learning about the historical and cultural significance of the school’s local area.
- Inclusive Environments: Creating learning environments that respect the cultures, languages and experiences of Aboriginal people; creating a physical space that enables students to learn in settings that are connected to local histories, cultures and languages; establishing initiatives and approaches that support the physical health and social and emotional wellbeing of students.
- History: Increasing staff and students' knowledge of Aboriginal histories and cultures, including understanding significant Aboriginal people, places or events; exploring the impacts of colonisation; understanding how historical events are relevant in a contemporary context in Australia’s journey towards reconciliation.
- Language: Increasing awareness and appreciation of local Aboriginal languages by exploring culture through storytelling, contemporary literature and written and visual resources; collaborating with local Aboriginal families and communities to appreciate the diversity and importance of Aboriginal languages within the school and broader community.
Funding assistance of $1,000 is available for your school to complete a PALS project. PALS funding is available to all WA primary and secondary schools and encourages schools with and without Aboriginal students to participate. PALS projects are varied, and your school may already be involved with initiatives that are eligible for PALS funding.