ON THE NATIONAL STAGE: Wakka Wakka teacher aide Corey Appo, Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter and teacher Lachlan McKenzie in Darwin.
ON THE NATIONAL STAGE: Wakka Wakka teacher aide Corey Appo, Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter and teacher Lachlan McKenzie in Darwin. Contributed

North Burnett language program on show in Darwin

EIDSVOLD State School's indigenous language team has returned home armed with fresh ideas after a chance to showcase their Wakka Wakka language reclamation in Darwin.

The school was invited to the recent PULiiMA Indigenous Language and Technology Conference after being announced as a 2019 state finalist for the Queensland Teachers' Union Showcase Awards in the Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education category.

The winners will be announced at the Showcase Awards Gala Dinner on October 25 in Brisbane, coinciding with World Teachers' Day.

Teacher Lachlan McKenzie, principal Preston Parter and Wakka Wakka teacher aide Corey Appo all agreed the highlight of the four-day conference was being able to share with staff from other schools and talk about the great things happening within the teaching of indigenous languages.

Mr Appo said he was amazed by the diversity and complexity of languages that still existed throughout the country.

"This was a very valuable opportunity for us to hear new ideas from schools that are years into their language journey,” he said.

"While we were there we had the opportunity to spend time with staff from Yarrabah and Mossman state schools: they are doing great things in education.”

Upon returning to Eidsvold, the language team has already put some ideas into action, including translating popular children's books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar ('djuroi djuroi dundur') and making new songs and dances with more emotive language.

PULiiMA's gala event involved a performance by Aria Award-nominee and Queensland Music Award winner Emily Wurramara, and the Australia's Got Language talent contest, a parody of talent shows like Australian Idol and The X Factor, with entrants performing indigenous poetry, songs and dances.


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