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)
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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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.
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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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”.
The 8 Ways of Aboriginal Learning mosaic pieces and woodburned pieces were presented to the local Coonabarabran Elders at a luncheon held at Coonabarabran High School on Wednesday, 7 November, run by Alison Stanton (AEO) and Craig Ashby (Aboriginal Studies teacher). These pieces were received very well, with the Elders commenting on the good workmanship of the students on each of the pieces. These artworks will be placed in various positions around the school in the coming weeks.