Aboriginal Studies

Yaamagara! (Greetings)

L-R: Mr Craig Ashby, Brother John Giacon, Mrs Alison Stanton

On Thursday 12 December, Coonabarabran High School had the pleasure to receive a visit from Brother John Giacon Phd.  A Gamilaraay/ Yuwaalaraay Linguist and lecturer from the Australian National University (ANU) to discuss CHS successful Gamilaraay Year 8 Language Program. Brother John was overwhelmed by the success of the program and the positive progress in which the program has built around positive relationships, pride, and the ability for students to understand the technical  conventions within Gamilaraay Language.

Dhirrabuu (Very Flash/ Deadly) Coonabarabran High School!!

Yaluu Maliyaa (Goodbye Friend)

Heritage and identity in Aboriginal students

In Aboriginal Studies, students have been reflecting on the notion of Culture, and what it means to them.  Year 12 student, Joel Thompson  has taken the featured images as part of his HSC  Major Work based on the topic ‘Heritage and Identity’.  His photographic  installation is titled: Empowering Cultural Identity, Unity in Diversity.  – The images are all of CHS Aboriginal Students. Joel will also be asking non-Indigenous students and teachers to get involved and to be included in the installation for our school’s  NAIDOC Day celebration on 5 July .

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Year 8 Indigenous Language Studies 


Students in Year 8 are now learning Gamilaraay language as part of their mandatory language  (other than English) studies in Year 8, under the enthusiastic guidance of Mr Craig Ashby  and Miss Melinda Quigley  and with support from Mrs Alison Stanton our AEO . The students have made great gains in their learning and have embraced learning about the language and culture of the Gamilaraay People.

Annual University of Western Sydney Indigenous Camp

This  week  students  attended the Annual University of Western Sydney Indigenous Camp. Students participated in a number of activities ranging from  Robotics, Engineering, Animal Science, 3D Printing, Rockets, Creative Industries, Teaching, Social Science, Law, Nursing and Forensic Science. Students also had the opportunity to listen to local elders who told stories  about creation during dreaming and also learnt survival skills from a local bush tucker and medicine man. Thank you to Mr Ashby and Mrs Stanton for organising this trip.

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Sista Speak Excursion to the Illawarra

During week 3 of term ,  a group of Year 7 and 8 girls travelled  to the Illawarra as part of the Sista Speak program which  Mrs Alison  Stanton has run , in conjunction with Ms Laurel Kuras  and  with students from  Years 5 and 6   at Coonabarabran Public School.  Many activities were enjoyed and it was a great experience for all the girls involved.

Amarlee Vallette (Year 8) and Kiarna Chatfield (Year 7) summed up the adventure:

We did some great group activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and dolphin/whale watching. We went to the beach and had a good time.  It was such a fun  experience for us, and we thank Mrs Atkinson, Ms Laurel Kuras and Wes for taking us down there and back and Steve and Nicky from Illawarra for organising everything”.

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