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Bowraville Central School and Nambucca Heads High School Gumbaynggirr Stage 4

www.bowraville-c.schools.nsw.edu.au/
www.nambuccahd-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/

Introducing the Aboriginal Languages Team

  • Dallas Walker, Gumbaynggirr teacher
  • Sharon Smith, Gumbaynggirr teacher
  • Pauline Hooler, Gumbaynggirr teacher
  • Michael Jarrett, Gumbaynggirr teacher
  • Paul Le Cerf, Head teacher
  • Richard Clarke, Languages (French) teacher
  • Julie Long, teacher-linguist
  • Gary Williams, Gumbaynggirr language expert
  • David Prosser, Gumbaynggirr teacher
  • Clarrie Hoskins, Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator
  • Valla Cohen, Aboriginal Education Assistant
  • Felicia Jarrett, Aboriginal Education Assistant
  • Angela Tate, Languages (Japanese) teacher

Bowraville Central and Nambucca Heads High School Gumbaynggirr Language Program Team

Background

The Bowraville Central School Gumbaynggirr program is one of the longest running Aboriginal language programs in NSW. It has been running K–10 since 1993, including a Board of Studies Endorsed course for the School Certificate, before the syllabus became available. Nambucca Heads High School began offering a Stage 6 Board of Studies Endorsed Gumbaynggirr course in 2005. Both schools have both been working with the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative. They share resources and personnel.

Together with the Board of Studies, the two schools are preparing a Stage 4 program, using the NSW Aboriginal Languages K-10 Syllabus. Although both schools had some experience of Gumbaynggirr learning and teaching, they wanted to work further with the Board of Studies to develop well-planned programs. Board of Studies workshops with the two schools began in 2006.

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Bowraville Central School and Nambucca Heads High School