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Recognising the centrality of culture for indigenous students

Good to Great Schools Australia recognises the critical importance of culture to the health and wellbeing of indigenous students, their families and communities.

Our Culture curriculum, which is implemented at Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA), promotes individual identity, culture and languages to help students prepare for their future and walk in two worlds.

In the remote school at Hope Vale language teacher Lillian Bowen has been improving students’ knowledge and grasp of the indigenous language Guugu Yimidhirr for many years. Each year students have become more confident speakers and groups often represent the school with performances in Guugu Yimidhirr in their community and around Australia.

Every year CYAAA holds Culture Camp so that students can connect to their homeland and learn about their people, culture and history.

This year Coen students joined elders at Ayapathu homelands at Station Creek and Hope Vale’s group went to Durrigin Bigu (Indian Head). During the camps the students learned traditional dances, trapping, spear-making and family connections to the land. They also bushwalked with local rangers to learn about traditional and modern environmental management.

Learn more about CYAAA and our Culture domain here.

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