This page displays some the inventive work the Koorie Education Workforce (KEW) in the Learningstones space throughout our educational sectors, the KEW staff is employed by Department of Education & Training Victoria.

The Koorie Education Workforce comprises of  Koorie Engagement Support Officers (KESO). Their role is to engage and support Indigenous students and their families, school teachers and staff and community stakeholders. The focus of the team is advocacy, cultural planning, school place advice and welfare support by developing substantial and well-connected partnerships that can help meet the needs of our children and their communities.


South Gippsland KESO Anne-Maree Stever and some young students enjoy the springtime sun shine and good weather around the Fish Creek PS Learningstone site.

Anne is taking the whole school through the process of creating “The Fish Creek PS Dreamtime Story”.Over the next few weeks each class will develop a localized story, using native animals, local landmarks to voice uniqueness and connection their town and area.


Eric Clarke

Koorie Engagement Support Officer SEVR – Bayside

Below Eric Clarke with his story of 2 schools in his region



At a function after the flag raising ceremony the students and friends/staff wanted a picture taken at the Learningstone site at Elisabeth Murdoch Secondary College Langwarrin. They had a morning tea after the event with Primary school captains were invited from Langwarrin PS for the celebration.



A new stone and plaque for Rosebud SC to inform people/visitors to college that we are on the lands of the Bunurong/ BoonWurrung people. It is placed at the front entrance of the school and students can walk past and pay tribute. Koorie students can touch and get inspiration from the stone. At night light shines on the area and brings a noticeable highlight to the schools landscape.



Ringo Hood

Koorie Engagement Support Officer SEVR – Latrobe Valley

I’ve been a KESO for 8 years, after working in a number of roles in community most of my life. Connection to land is a top priority for me.

Official opening of Learningstones at Lowanna Secondary College Newborough. Congratulations and well done to the KESO team Crystal and Ringo for taking on a lead role and supporting the students and staff in all their creative planning and hard work in developing a special site for cultural activities and safety on campus.


Vera  Harrold

Koorie Engagement Support Officer SEVR – Latrobe Valley

I have been a KESO for the past 32 years: I find my job very challenging but very rewarding. I have seen many changes throughout my role. Now working and engaging with past students who are now parents.


Crystal Burgess- Hogg

Koorie Engagement Support Officers SEVR – Latrobe Valley

A proud Palawa woman, I’ve been working in Education for 6 years and have love working with community and students.


What a fantastic time at Lowanna College,great opening ceremony and plenty of tucker for morning tea. A big shout out to all involved – Laura Young Welcome to Country, Ronald Edwards Smoking ceremony, Brett Windsor Principal’s address, Indigenous students who worked on the site are also pictured receiving Cert. of Appreciation.