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