Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Moerlina School


The word Moerlina is of Aboriginal origin, meaning “friendly spirit” and the school takes great pride in activities that promote sustainability as this relates to Indigenous culture.


The PALS Awards Program – Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Friendship -
(developed by the Department of Indigenous Affairs, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, and the Department of Education and Training) encourages collaboration and reconciliation through school projects, which focus on the key elements of Indigenous heritage and culture and the sharing of skills and knowledge.

In 2005, Moerlina used a PALS Enrich grant of $2000 to work in partnership with Tranby Primary School (whose population is over 50% indigenous students) to produce a DVD on Local Community.

Positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students developed as they worked collaboratively on the activities and shared information about lifestyles and environment.

PALS Award

The school won a Highly Commended Award for the PALS project and were presented with a certificate and some colourful Indigenous artwork.

Curriculum Links: Values 3. Respect and concern for others and their rights (3.2 – Equality; 3.3 – Respect)

Curriculum Links: Society and Environment (Culture; Investigation; Communication and Participation)

Coonana Camps

Every second year, Moerlina’s Year 6/7 students attend a camp at Coonana – an Aboriginal community of around 100 people, in the Kalgoorlie region.

Students stay in tents at the community and share the culture of the local Indigenous people. Activities include basketball games, cooking, excursions to Udara rock and local salt lakes, story telling and dancing.

Curriculum Links: Values 4. Social and Civic Responsibility (4.3 – Diversity); Values 5. Environmental Responsibility (5.1 – Cultural Heritage)

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