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Eidsvold students take over the town

​Language, for Eidsvold State School, is not just about textbooks and flash cards. It’s about bringing the Wakka Wakka language to life

If you’re down Eidsvold way, head to the local Apex Park, listen closely, and you may just hear the melodic sounds of some unfamiliar words.

Language at Eidsvold State School is not just about textbooks and flash cards. It’s about bringing the Wakka Wakka language to life – at the school and to the community.

Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter said the school’s Wakka Wakka language reclamation program provided opportunities for the community to work closely with the school, particularly with local Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents.

“The program has not only had a positive impact on the school community, but on the general community of Eidsvold,” Preston said.

“We have continued to build a culture of inclusiveness to better cater for a community-wide approach to learning the local language.

“This year the Wakka Wakka language was taken back out in to the community in a genuine and authentic way,” he said. 

Students from Prep to Year 6 engage in a 'town takeover', heading down to the park for their language session and encouraging local residents to join in.

The community response, Preston said, has been very supportive.

“Our language program was developed to provide all students with a sense of belonging and connection to others and their community,” he said.

“Eidsvold State School’s continual push towards empowering students and community is being achieved through an understanding and connection that language is able to bring people together within our community.”


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Last updated
12 August 2019