My Life Story
from the drought and fires with city students.
8,000 students and over 60+ schools are on board for 2020.
Why Your Support Matters
Why Now? There has never been a more important time to help kids under pressure from the drought and recent fires to connect and heal through writing.
Building literacy skills creates a reservoir of capability and helps students under pressure better navigate ways to communicate their needs, feelings and hopes, and opens up more choices.
Connection Matters. The program provides a real audience for every student as they share their unheard stories.
Creating a Legacy. In the form of a digital library, 10,000 original stories of inspiration, capability and resilience by students to read, share and learn from.
Literacy Skills. The program over a year is deeply embedded in the school curriculum. Pride and purpose driving literacy progress as each child turns the pages of their own 12-page published book.
Your support means more country children can participate and RFW can support, connect and provide more students and their families with specialised wrap around support in the immediate and long term.
Schools Join Us Now or for 2021!
All country and city schools across Australia are invited to join now and for 2021. Our vision for 2020 is for 10,000 students from all schools, public and private to join in and share with Australia the grit, humour and wisdom of their stories. It is an opportunity for our students to be heard.
At the heart of the program school communities affected by the drought and recent fires, facing hardship will be gifted the program. City schools and organisations are chipping in by gifting the program to country students.
Author Andrew Daddo has jumped on board. He says “we know these kids have a lot to share and teach us about grit, humour and pride. It is a chance to show they are supported and to unlock and share their original story.” Each student will also become a co-author with Andrew as part of the program.
Educational Resources. For Teachers a suite of resources including a comprehensive writing program, author videos, story starters and 10 lesson plans. Each program for Kindy to year 7, connects the curriculum and references quality text. You can download a sample program here.
How do schools get involved? City and country schools register below for 2020 and or 2021 and we will be in touch.
Sample of Educational Resources
Wow! We are excited to announce Andrew Daddo and James Foley are onboard to co-author with every student!
Educational Resources. For Teachers, we’ve created a suite of resources. This includes comprehensive writing programs, author videos, story starters and 10 lesson plans. Each program for Kindy to year 7, connects the curriculum and references quality text. You can download a sample program here.
What’s included? Each students receives a 12-page digital and printed copy of their story. Books will be swapped and shared amongst schools as part of the celebration.
Charlie's 'My Life Story' from last year's pilot.
Schools already connecting as part of My Life Story
A list of all of the schools involved: Cromer Public School, Gordon East Public School, Harbord Public School, International Grammar School, Lane Cove West Public School, Oatley Public School, Pymble Ladies College, Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School, Middle Harbour Public School, Killarney Heights Public School, Barker College, Abbotsleigh Senior School, Darkinjung Barker College, Barooga Public School, Borenore Public School, Bourke Public School, Brewarrina Central School, Broken Hill Public School, Clergate Public School, Cobargo Public School, Croppa Creek Public School, Cudal Public School, Cumnock Public School, Dungowan Public School, Forbes North Public School, Forbes Public School, Greenethorpe Public School, Gunnedah Public School, Gwabegar Public School, Lyndhurst Public School, Manildra Public School, Molong Central School, Mullion Creek Public School, Narromine Public School, Nowendoc Public School, Parkes Public School, Raleigh Public School, Savernake Public School, Spring Hill Public School, St Francis Xavier School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Talbingo Public School, Trangie Central School, Trundle Central School, Ulmarra Public School, Warren Central School, Wentworth Public School, West Wyalong Public School, Willow Tree Public School, Woodstock Public School, Wyangala Dam Public, Yass Public School, Yeoval Central School, Bellata Public School, Mulwala Public School, Railway Town Public School.
A Royal Far West and Littlescribe initiative
Children’s charity Royal Far West in partnership with Littlescribe, an educational writing platform, are supporting country schools and students under pressure with the drought by connecting and sharing their life stories with kids in the city.
One in three young children in rural and remote Australia have significant developmental health issues which impacts their ability to understand, communicate and participate in school. Based in the city and dedicated to the health and wellbeing of country kids, Royal Far West is perfectly placed to bridge the growing divide between city and country children.
Only when a child’s health and developmental needs are met can their learning potential be unlocked, giving them the best chance in life.
We believe every child has the right to write and be heard. We are committed to providing a platform that connects and empowers students from all walks of life and across the country.
We love seeing the pride on a child’s face when they turn the pages of their own book and call themselves an author.