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Kaurna language alive at Paralowie

30 May 2018

Paralowie Primary School is immersing its Aboriginal students in their culture through the Kaurna language program.

The program, which is part of the school's Aboriginal Education Program and Aboriginal Education Strategy, commenced last year for Aboriginal students in years 5 to 8 and has now expanded to reach years 4 and 9.

The school’s Aboriginal Education Coordinator Tom Putnam says the classes are a way for Aboriginal students to understand and engage with their culture. 

“The language program noticeably strengthens cultural ties and builds confidence and pride in our Aboriginal students,” he said. 

“Students who were less engaged in their learning are more confident learners and actively participate in the language classes along with other classes outside of this. 

“Kids are standing up and saying what they know and what they learn and feel comfortable in front of their peers and other adults as well.” 

Along with students from the Aboriginal Education Program, the school is hoping to expand the program to more year levels and non-Aboriginal students. 

“We already have Kaurna language posters with basic phrases in every classroom in the school, with accessible audio recording available, in the effort to get as many people understanding some basic Kaurna language. 

“Three of our year 12 students are also completing the Certificate III in Endangered Aboriginal Languages through the Kaurna Plains Schools, which shows there is an ongoing interest in continuing to learn the language.” 

Watch the video on the schools Kaurna Language Program to see students learning in action.