Learn­ing about re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EIDSVOLD State School’s Yumbin pro­gram is be­ing used to teach the kids core so­cial val­ues.

Yumbin, which means “all of us” in Wakka Wakka lan­guage, con­sists of five pro­grams which the kids ro­tate through dur­ing the school week.

The Yumbin groups re­place reg­u­lar form, but are held in mixed age groups, putting the se­niors in with the ju­niors.

The ac­tiv­i­ties are Rock and Wa­ter, Stronger Smarter, Peer Skills and Lead­er­ship, Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour for Learn­ing and In­dige­nous Lan­guage.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Pre­ston Parter takes Rock and Wa­ter, which is about re­spond­ing to con­flict.

“It’s pretty unique; we don’t know of any other p-12 schools that do it like that,” Mr Parter said.

In­dige­nous lan­guage classes are part of an ef­fort to con­nect stu­dents with lan­guage stud­ies.

Prin­ci­pal Ca­role Boatwright said there were some dif­fi­cul­ties get­ting it off the ground.

“In the past it had been de­liv­ered by some­one in a dif­fer­ent city through e-learn­ing and it didn’t work,” she said.

“Now they’re learn­ing in­di­vid­ual words, so if you walked into the school it’s highly likely a stu­dent would say ‘nara’ (hello) to you.”

The re­main­ing pro­grams are about pro­mot­ing dif­fer­ent val­ues.

Each week there is a dif­fer­ent Yumbin value, and stu­dents are ac­knowl­edged for fol­low­ing them.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

ROCK AND WA­TER: Deputy prin­ci­pal Pre­ston Parter takes Rock and Wa­ter lessons with one of the Yumbin groups.

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