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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

International award to Yambirrpa schools

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE Yambirrpa schools centred around Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land have won the International Linguapax Award in recognition of more than 40 years of bilingual and bicultural education. Yambirrpa schools were voted the winner from 13 international nominations for ‘continued and persistent efforts to promote and maintain the diversity of Yolngu languages and culture for their children and youth over many years, in adverse and difficult conditions’.
It is the first time the International Linguapax Award has been presented in Australia.
Pictured above: Monica Perena, president of the Linguapax International Organisation, travelled from Barcelona in Spain to present an award to the Yambirrpa Schools Council and the Djarrma Action Group for their work in bilingual and bicultural education. 

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Inaugural prize for UTS student

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

UTS Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student Christian Hampson has won the inaugural Accounting for Good prize for the top student in the
new program.

The BBA program is designed for Indigenous professionals who already have experience but want a degree qualification. The executive-style course is primarily for emerging leaders and aspiring executives, managers and administrators from the private sector, the public sector and community-based organisations.

“I am very honoured to be the inaugural winner of the prize,” said Mr Hampson, who works in the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

“I could not have achieved these results without the support of my family, fellow students and UTS Business School.”

BBA and Indigenous Programs manager at UTS Business School Gavin Mate says the partnership with Accounting for Good advances the work of Indigenous organisations by providing students with fundamental skills and knowledge, as well as the skills to make ethical and informed choices across business and culturally sensitive contexts.

“UTS Business School is proud to see Christian receive this award,” he said.

“His giving back to country is not only his motivation, it is a determination that drives his achievements. I look forward to supporting his continued success in the BBA and in his career.”
Prize winner Christian Hampson

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Indigenous studies proves popular


YEAR 12 students at Hunter School of Performing Arts in Newcastle are achieving well in Indigenous Studies, according to Norta Norta Program tutor Marlene Tremain.
The Norta Norta program provides targeted individual support for Aboriginal students.

Ms Tremain said that since 2010 the participation rate in Aboriginal Studies at Hunter has been high, with about 10 students taking the course as part of their Higher School Certificate this year.

Students Chandler Connell, Chloe McMaster, Sam Howard and Caia Khomoutov are part of the group taking Aboriginal Studies for their HSC this year.

Each has completed a major work on the topics of dreaming, identity or education, using community consultations, interviews and surveys to develop their works.
Chandler made a didgeridoo, inspired by his father who made didgeridoos.

“I’m a proud Aboriginal man and I thought Aboriginal Studies would be good to learn,” he told the Koori Mail. “I’ve grown up in culture, learning about things like the Tent Embassy. I have that cultural knowledge.”

Chloe developed an information booklet on the Awabakal nation from her local region, using interviews with a local Elder to compile the information.

“You get to learn about a different side of Australian history, from the Indigenous perspective,” she said.

“There’s lots of content but we’ve got an amazing teacher who helps a lot.”

It’s not only Indigenous students taking the course, with Ms Tremain saying there has been plenty of interest from non-Indigenous students.

Sam Howard studied a project on Aboriginal identity, interviewing a local Aboriginal man, getting his perspective on identity, and comparing it with a non-Indigenous perspective of identity.

Caia Khomoutov contacted a local man who told her one of the local Dreamtime stories. She then got children from a local primary school to illustrate her book.

“There’s so many things to see from an Indigenous perspective, and so much to cover in the course,” she said.

“So many people are still uneducated and still say racist things. But it is interesting to learn and know the history from an Indigenous perspective.”
Teacher Jess Miller, at right, with Hunter students, back, Chandler Conneli, Kate Davidson, Caia Khomoutov, Tamzin Tassell and Caitlyn Baird and front, Samamtha Howard, Chloe McMaster and Amelia Denholm.

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