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Lessons learnt in 2005

There are challenges to beginning in Stages 4–5

High schools are divided into key learning areas (KLAs) or departments and there are great demands on teacher time.

'You’re all in different departments and subject areas.'

Gary Worthy, Assistant/Deputy Principal, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

It can be difficult to find confident Community Language Tutors, which is essential.

'It’s got to be done. Who's going to teach the Dhurga language university course that trains people to come into the school to do it? It’s their intellectual property. It’s something that’s not owned by one person, it’s owned by the community but it’s the Indigenous community that owns it. It’d be an insult for some person to come in and start teaching that, saying; "I’m here to teach you people to talk your language"'. Gary Worthy, Assistant/Deputy Principal, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

'You certainly need to train that person, so that they’re confident enough to stand in front of a class. … Well teaching methodology would be the most important thing.'

Karen Lane, Languages teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

High schools sometimes have a number of feeder primary schools and therefore a number of Aboriginal communities.

'[We’ve got] nine feeder schools, from nine different areas. Even though we’re focusing on Wreck Bay, we’ve still got people from Sussex, we’ve got people from Huskisson, we’ve got people from Tomerong. … We’ve got another eight areas that community people are coming from to send their kids to our school. … [This was behind the regional network idea because] you tie those into the school, you tie Illawarra schools into it and you spread the knowledge up and down the coast. … You can get wrapped up in [thinking] that [one group] because they are well organised, they’re the local, they’ve been here the longest but there are these other people within the community that we still have to take into account and who do support the program.'

Gary Worthy, Assistant/Deputy Principal, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05)
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There are challenges to beginning in Stages 4-5