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Lessons learnt in 2004

Forbes North Public School

Michele Herbert was encouraged that her students were talking about the language at home to their parents:

'… first term I concentrated on animals and last term on family members and this term it’s body parts, so the kids are going home and their parents are saying "How do you say that?" and then the parents are coming to me and saying "Am I saying this right?" and I think that’s really good that the parents are showing an interest in it, and the kids are going home talking about it all the time.'

Michele Herbert, Assistant Principal, Forbes North Public School

The resources developed by Stan Grant and John Rudder were extremely useful to Michele as she made her own classroom resources and support materials:

'I’ve had a lot of support from John and Stan in the resources that they made and I kind of feel like I’ve had a bit of a head start because I haven’t had to do that much work to get it all ready. They’ve had a lot of stuff already made, with their dictionary, which they let me have a draft copy of, and I was sort of hoping to get the real one when it’s done.'

Michele Herbert, Assistant Principal, Forbes North Public School

The Principal of Forbes North Public School has been extremely supportive, for example, putting up a sign in the school foyer that welcomes people to the school in Wiradjuri:

'My Principal just put a huge sign up and welcomed people to our school in Wiradjuri, which I think was a big thing for him to do, and it looks really fantastic and the parents are coming in and seeing it.'

Michele Herbert, Assistant Principal, Forbes North Public School

There has also been a very positive response to the program from the media in Forbes:

'We’ve had a fair bit of publicity in the local paper and on the Channel 7 news and then last Friday, the day that the announcement was made, the ABC radio rang me for an interview, which I totally stressed out about, but got through it all right.'

Michele Herbert, Assistant Principal, Forbes North Public School

Media attention helped generate interest from the local Aboriginal community:

'And I’ve had local people coming up to me asking me "What’s happening in your school?", which I think is really great because they’re starting to talk about it in the community as well.'

Michele Herbert, Assistant Principal, Forbes North Public School

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