Keeping indigenous language alive through Yumbin
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
EMBRACING CULTURE: Eidsvold State School students get involved in the Yumbin programs.