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Posted on 29 September, 2016 in Yirrkala, Community Updates

WCE Activities at Garma and Yambirrpa Schools

WCE Activities at Garma and Yambirrpa Schools

CDU Indigenous student visits Yirrkala School and works with WCE team at Garma Festival

Amelia Haley is a CDU Indigenous student studying towards a Bachelor of Education after completing the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) course in 2015. Amelia visited the Yirrkala School and also assisted with Garma Festival activities with Yalmay Yunupingu and Dr Bronwyn Rossingh. Her interest is in bi-lingual education and she was very impressed with the bi-lingual program at the Yirrkala school. Amelia shared her education journey story with the year eight and nine students at the Yirrkala School and encouraged them to go to school every day, finish year 12 and be confident to achieve their dreams.

WCE Activities at Garma and Yambirrpa Schools

Embedding WCE activities into the school program

In May 2016, a formal Service Agreement between CDU and the Yambirrpa Schools Council was established as part of the WCE initiative. This involves the planning and delivery of a range of educational activities through the Yambirrpa Schools Council, which increases community control. Yalmay Yunupingu, Coordinator of the WCE activities at the school and Honorary University Fellow at CDU is working closely with four dedicated senior Yolngu teachers from the Yirrkala School on the programming and planning of the WCE activities into the weekly school roster as part of this agreement. This was a very powerful session that revealed the importance of the WCE activities and how complicated the process was to move classes and teachers around, demonstrating the strong commitment of the school and its teachers.  

Written by Bronwyn Rossingh, Yalmay Yunupingu and Djuwalpi Marika

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