Learning the local language

'GIINAGAY class' will become common at Tyalla Primary School from September as the school introduces lessons in the local indigenous language and culture.

Thanks to the efforts of the team at Muurabay Aboriginal Language Centre in Nambucca Heads and in conjunction with the NSW Board of Studies, illustrated school resources, workbooks and teaching aids have been developed to teach the local indigenous Gumbayngirr language in local schools.

Three classes at Tyalla Primary School will start half-hour weekly lessons with the school Aboriginal education officer and Gumbayngirr woman Ms Glenda Perkins, and one of the Muurabay Aboriginal Language Centre members as tutors.

These tutors will work alongside class teachers in introducing the Gumbayngirr language to both indigenous and non-indigenous students.

“Introducing the language classes shows that Tyalla Primary School really recognises and values the Gumbayngirr language and culture,” Ms Perkins said.

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