Katherine school triumphs in Minecraft narrative


Clyde Fenton Primary School has won the Best Narrative [video] in this year’s Indigital Minecraft Education Challenge.

The contest required a digitised response to the question: How can we Heal Country: Side by Side, and build more sustainable communities by embracing First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country?  

Teacher Yasmin Brand said: “The Year 3/4 students successfully built a virtual model of a sick and healing Jawoyn Country.

“They learnt Jawoyn values, including important plants and animals, water places, fire management, cultural sites and rock art, and threats such as feral animals, weeds, development pressure and wrong people on Country.

“The students created a plan for a healing Country, learning about bush medicine, the Yarning Circle, acknowledging traditional owners, controlled burning, and a hydropower station.

“With digital skills they shared their ideas about healing and caring for Jawoyn land using traditional knowledge.

“In eclipsing the efforts of 200 teachers and 6500 students across Australia, Clyde Fenton students have claimed the $20,000 Indigital School program.

“The program will teach us how to work with Indigenous knowledge in digital spaces, create 3D characters we can ‘see’ in the real world, record our stories in a mobile phone app, and learn game building skills using Python code.”

Sick and healing country
Katherine River accommodates the hydropower station [far right] and divides the bilingual school and small homeless shelters [background healthy country] from the orange uncontrolled fire [foreground sick country].

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