North Bur­nett lan­guage pro­gram on show in NT

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Alex Treacy alex.treacy@cnbtimes.com.au

EIDSVOLD State School’s indige­nous lan­guage team has re­turned home armed with fresh ideas af­ter a chance to show­case their Wakka Wakka lan­guage recla­ma­tion in Dar­win.

The school was in­vited to the re­cent PULi­iMA Indige­nous Lan­guage and Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence af­ter be­ing an­nounced as a 2019 state fi­nal­ist for the Queens­land Teach­ers’ Union Show­case Awards in the Ex­cel­lence in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at the Show­case Awards Gala Din­ner on Oc­to­ber 25 in Bris­bane, co­in­cid­ing with World Teach­ers’ Day.

Teacher Lach­lan McKen­zie, prin­ci­pal Preston Parter and Wakka Wakka teacher aide Corey Appo all agreed the high­light of the four-day con­fer­ence was be­ing able to share with staff from other schools and talk about the great things hap­pen­ing within the teach­ing of indige­nous lan­guages.

Mr Appo said he was amazed by the di­ver­sity and com­plex­ity of lan­guages that still ex­isted through­out the coun­try.

“This was a very valu­able op­por­tu­nity for us to hear new ideas from schools that are years into their lan­guage jour­ney,” he said.

“While we were there we had the op­por­tu­nity to spend time with staff from Yarrabah and Moss­man state schools: they are do­ing great things in ed­u­ca­tion.”

Upon re­turn­ing to Eidsvold, the lan­guage team has al­ready put some ideas into ac­tion, in­clud­ing trans­lat­ing pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books like The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar (‘djuroi djuroi dun­dur’) and mak­ing new songs and dances with more emo­tive lan­guage.

PULi­iMA’s gala event in­volved a per­for­mance by Aria Award-nom­i­nee and Queens­land Mu­sic Award win­ner Emily Wur­ra­mara, and the Aus­tralia’s Got Lan­guage tal­ent con­test, a par­ody of tal­ent shows like Aus­tralian Idol and The X Fac­tor, with en­trants per­form­ing indige­nous po­etry, songs and dances.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON THE NA­TIONAL STAGE: Wakka Wakka teacher aide Corey Appo, Eidsvold State School prin­ci­pal Preston Parter and teacher Lach­lan McKen­zie in Dar­win.

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