Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER

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.

Pic­tures: Con­trib­uted

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.

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