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Year 7 students in Woolgoolga High School in NSW are learning Gumbaynggirr, a traditional Aboriginal language.
School principal Guy Wright believes his is the only school in the state, perhaps in Australia, that has introduced an Aboriginal language across the entire year 7 cohort. With 182 students in six classes, it was a major undertaking involving input from parents, teachers and the local Aboriginal community.
NSW high schools are required to teach a language other than English in years 7 and 8. While Woolgoolga has previously offered French and Japanese, Mr Wright says the languages failed to engage all the students. So he decided to take an approach that was more relevant to the students, with positive spin-offs for the school and the community.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald