In 2004 the whole school participated in the Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing project - which aimed to develop an understanding and appreciation of aboriginal culture.  This competition was conducted by the Department of Indigeneous Affairs.  (For more information see ).  

Our work was an outstanding success and the school won several prizes including the inaugural BHP Billiton Prize for the Best Pals Project.  A student designed webpage highlights the work we undertook.


  Our commendation states:

     Banksia Park Primary School in Leeming has been a star entrant in the first year of the
     PALS Schools Reconciliation Awards, winning a Future Project Award in June - then the
     Metropolitan/Wheatbelt region whole school winner and finally the BHP Billiton Iron Ore
     Prize for the best PALS project in 2004.  Banksia Park Primary School, Leeming, has had
     no Indigenous students or associations, but through the PALS project has developed strong
     cultural ‘intelligence’ and ties with Indigenous people, particularly through senior local
     Noongar Uncle Noel Morrison.  The school has developed a range of activities to raise
     awareness about Indigenous culture, including a heritage trail, website, newspaper, excursion
     to Noongar culture centre, re-vegetating of school bushland, native plants study, mural,
     mosaic, wall-hanging and Noongar artwork.

  View our PALS Project Webpage