Keep­ing in­dige­nous lan­guage alive through Yumbin

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EIDSVOLD State School is do­ing its part to keep in­dige­nous lan­guage in classes, of­fer­ing a pro­gram de­liv­ered in the tra­di­tional Wakka Wakka tongue.

The pro­gram is called Yumbin and has been in oper­a­tion since Jan­uary this year.

Eidsvold State School prin­ci­pal Ca­role Boatwright said the pro­gram en­com­passed mul­ti­ple sub­jects un­der its men­tal health and well-be­ing pro­gram.

“We have pro­grams called Stronger Smarter, Peer Skills and Lead­er­ship, we’ve also got our pos­i­tive behaviour and learn­ing pro­gram go­ing on there and Rock and Wa­ter so all of those pro­grams have a fo­cus on the emo­tional in­tel­li­gence of stu­dents,” Mrs Boatwright said.

“We’ve put our lan­guages other than English pro­gram in dur­ing that time as well. Last year was our in­ves­tiga­tive stage, look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing in­dige­nous lan­guage.

“This year is our first im­ple­men­ta­tion stage so we wanted to keep it sim­ple and make it man­age­able.”

There are two staff mem­bers run­ning the pro­gram in Eidsvold.

“We tried to have a pri­mary teacher with a sec­ondary teacher in most in­stances and what we’re try­ing to do is break down the sep­a­ra­tion of pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents,” Mrs Boatwright said.

“What makes us unique is we’re teach­ing stu­dents sign lan­guage as well as teach­ing them to speak the Wakka Wakka lan­guage.

“We wanted to em­brace the cul­ture and build it into our school as we are a small com­mu­nity and as time goes on, we hope to have more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.”

The school hopes to ex­pand lan­guage pro­grams.

❝ We wanted to em­brace the cul­ture and build it into our school as we are a small com­mu­nity and as time goes on, we hope to have more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. — Ca­role Boatwright

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EM­BRAC­ING CUL­TURE: Eidsvold State School stu­dents get in­volved in the Yumbin pro­grams.

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