K is for Kids...

Sharona (storyteller)

Sharona Bishop
Sharona Bishop has worked as a team member at our Darwin shopfront since 2016. Sharona is from a small homeland called Bobs Yard, located in Judbarra/Gregory National Park, 45km outside of Timber Creek towards Northwest WA. Her tribe is Ngaringman and skin name Nanagku. 
A talented AFL player, who has starred in the local NTFL comp and as a representative player for NT, Sharona is equally passionate about caring for kids. After graduating high school, Sharona went on to study as a children's educator at Charles Darwin University. Revealing another talent, Sharona began painting and exploring her passion for storytelling whilst working with us. 
In 2017 and 2018, Sharona led our Storytime @ Starwin sessions in Darwin, and since then has facilitated sessions for childcare centres and community events. 
In 2019, Sharona took up coaching AFL for Waratah Football Club, winning a premiership with her U14s boys team.
In 2020, Sharona became a mother to a beautiful daughter and is taking leave from teaching. Starwin has provided Sharona with materials as in-kind support to start-up her own micro enterprise to generate income, with 80% of sales of her paintings going direct to her.
To find out more and support Sharona...
- You can view her series of artworks with storylines here.
- Contact us to get book a Storytime session
About Storytime... 

In 2017 we launched our Storytime @ Starwin series after a local Mum asked us to host an Indigenous storytelling session as she couldn't find one for her kids to attend during NAIDOC Week.

Local Tiwi Mum to be & Children's Educator Casimira Tipiloura designed a storytelling approach & Storytime @ Starwin was born. Sessions include storybook time, sing songs and colouring activities. This led to more of our team taking up the opportunity to host storytime sessions (Sharona, Rosie and Ellen in Darwin) and in 2019, Ellie hosted sessions at our Port Douglas shop. 

These sessions align with our 2020 Vision: Sea Change which holds children as a priority. The themes that are important to us are: 

- 'doing business better': promoting the good works done in community by The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Magabala Books and other Indigenous publishers

- 'caring for kids':  studies show the more parents engage with and read to their children, the less likely it is they will be imprisoned later in life

- 'keeping culture strong': celebrating the culture of Indigenous storytelling with the general community

- 'connecting community': bringing parents together 

- 'creating career pathways': showcasing strong Indigenous women as Children's Educators and generating income for community leaders 

Find out more...

- visit our Storytime @ Starwin page


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