Soaking it up: Tyson Ferguson is teaching Corindi Public School students, including Luci Pointer, the native Gumbayngirr language.
Soaking it up: Tyson Ferguson is teaching Corindi Public School students, including Luci Pointer, the native Gumbayngirr language. Trevor Veale

Students learn indigenous language

CORINDI Public School is paying tribute to our local heritage – its students now officially learn Gumbayngirr.

As part of the school’s language program, students in Years 2, 3, and 4 now take a weekly lesson in the indigenous language.

“Corindi has quite a close relationship with the Yarrawarra Cultural Centre and a decent population of indigenous students so we thought it would be a good idea for the students to learn about the culture,” teacher Deb Wiggins said.

“It draws indigenous and non-indigenous students together with common ground.

“The kids love it; they soak it up so quickly and quite easily.”

Local man Tyson Ferguson comes to the school once a week for the classes and teaches children basic greetings, as well as the Gumbayngirr names of local places.

“The kids also learn about the history of the Gumbayngirr people,” Mrs Wiggins said.



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