Kuku Yalanji Language Program finalist in state awards


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Kuku Yalanji language consultant Juan Walker with students Juakene and Che. Image: Supplied.

The 'Respect and Consultation: Honouring Kuku Yalanji Language' program at Mossman State Primary School is a finalist in the 2019 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Head of Teaching and Learning at Mossman State School, Sharon Case, said they are incredibly humbled to be recognised as finalists. 

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“This is our third year of getting regional wards but the first year we’ve had a state finalist award,” she said.

“It’s awesome and there is money in it too. There are two finalists in each category and one of us will win $10,000 and we would use that to support the program even more.”

Ms Case said the program has achieved amazing outcomes for all the students at the school and fostered strong ties with the community. 

The development of the program started in 2017 and has been taught at the school for almost 12 months.

“The program has been co-designed and developed with our Indigenous community though the Kuku Yalanji Language Advisory Group (KYLAG),” she said.

“KYLAG is made up of elders and community members and so all of our curriculum is based on the Australian languages curriculum, we’ve adapted it to make it work for the Kuku Yalanji Language.

“We are humbled just to be chosen and this recognizes the hard work of the staff, the admin team, the KYLAG, and the community.

“It’s a whole big picture thing and we appreciate everyone’s input. It is nice for the community to see these kinds of results.” 

Education Minister Grace Grace said this year marks 20 years of the awards and proves education in Queensland is top notch.

“The Awards highlight Queensland state schools’ efforts in developing innovative practices that improve outcomes for students,” she said.

“It’s important that we publicly recognise the great work our educators do every day in teaching our young Queenslanders.

“I’d like to wish our state finalists all the best, with the winners announced at the Showcase Awards Gala Dinner on 25 October.”

The full list of regional winners and commendations is available at the Queensland Education Department website.

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