FILM CREW VISITS NORTH BURNETT SCHOOL
THINGS got so Totally Wild at Eidsvold State School last year, that it had to be captured on camera.
Channel 10’s Totally Wild crew visited in late 2019 to film segments about the school’s innovative Yumbin program and Didge in a Day workshop.
Hosted by primary school captain Allisa Fort and Lane West, the Totally Wild crew were able to document the school’s groundbreaking programs.
The Yumbin program is a health and wellbeing initiative which replaces form group on school mornings.
Principal Preston Parter said the program was started to help improve relationships among staff and students across the school.
“We looked at the timetable and thought about how we could better use form class time — because we have small classes, it was decided that we should use that time to focus on the health and wellbeing of our students” Mr Parter said.
Through the Yumbin program, Mr Parter believes the school staff have been able to equip their students with more resilience, while giving them a cultural connection to the school and community.
“There’s five elements to our program — we deliver our local indigenous language; Rock and Water, Leading With Strength; Positive Behaviour for Learning; and Rhythm to Recovery,” he said.
“Through these initiatives we’ve been able to equip our students to communicate more effectively, and encourage them to have higher expectations for themselves.”
The second Totally Wild segment showcased the school’s Didge in a Day workshop which gives students a hands-on experience, while highlighting indigenous song and dance.
Their segments aired at the end of December as part of a 30-minute episode on Channel 10.
“It is always great to showcase that side of the school,” Mr Parter said of the program.
“We believe that the health and wellbeing of our students is vital to them succeeding — I think that a lot of other schools are heading in that direction as well.”
The Yumbin program was recently recognised by the Australian Health and Wellbeing Network as best practice in a school, and was presented the award in Cairns last year.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Channel 10's Totally Wild crew visits Eidsvold during the school holidays to film some groundbreaking initiatives at the school.
Students perform for the film crew.