PROUD MOB: Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter, English/languages teacher Lachlan McKenzie, support teacher literacy and numeracy Norah Murphy, Wakka Wakka teacher aides Corey Appo and Cassie Oppermann, Education Queensland Indigenous education linguist Dr Henry Fraser and Education Queensland assistant regional director Brian Parr at the 2019 QTU Showcase Awards.
PROUD MOB: Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter, English/languages teacher Lachlan McKenzie, support teacher literacy and numeracy Norah Murphy, Wakka Wakka teacher aides Corey Appo and Cassie Oppermann, Education Queensland Indigenous education linguist Dr Henry Fraser and Education Queensland assistant regional director Brian Parr at the 2019 QTU Showcase Awards.

Eidsvold falls just short at prestigious awards

EIDSVOLD State School have fallen just short of claiming a prestigious Showcase Award for Excellence in Schools.

The school was a finalist in the Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education category for its Ngara is how we say hello Wakka Wakka language reclamation program.

It lost out to eventual winners Mossman State School.

However, the school’s languages team, which travelled to Brisbane for the awards on October 25, held their heads high, proud for the recognition of their work.

“This is just the beginning – we were so inspired by the work other schools are doing that we want to do better,” principal Preston Parter said.

“It was a great feeling to be recognised for the work we are doing around the Wakka Wakka language reclamation program and be able to showcase that to other schools as well.”

The day before the awards ceremony, the team had to present to a panel of 14 judges in a last effort to win the coveted award.

“We just went in and did what we do best, we sung, we danced and we laughed with the panel – and most importantly we got to share language with them,” Wakka Wakka teacher aide Corey Appo said.

English and languages teacher Lachlan McKenzie said the scale of the awards were hard to describe.

“It wasn’t until you walk into the function, with 19 other schools represented, that you realise how big these awards actually are,” he said.

Eidsvold’s program has been developing steadily since 2017 and earlier this year, Wakka Wakka language appeared on students’ report cards as an assessable subject under the curriculum, although it was assigned an overview of student learning, not an A – E grade.

This year was the 20th edition of the Showcase Awards, an annual event for Queensland state schools.


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