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Bundjalung Language and Culture Program

Aunty Leanne reading the book JUBALS to children at Little Jarjums Preschool

At Casino West Public School we proudly incorporate a Bundjalung Language and Culture Program within the school curriculum. 

Uncle Shane Caldwell and Uncle Charlie Caldwell teach the Bundjalung language in the classroom with teachers on a weekly basis. Aunty Leanne Davis supports the language and culture program in our preschool. 

The program presents Bundjalung Language and Aboriginal Culture including a local perspective from Gallibul land and the Gallibul people of Casino. Each lesson opens with an Acknowledgment of Country in English and Gallibul Language. 

 

The content of this program includes:

  • Traditional animal names in Bundjalung
  • Art lessons (using traditional symbols)
  • Acknowledgment of Country
  • Local story telling
  • Traditional dance and music
  • Difference between Law & Lore
  •  Traditional body part names in Bundjalung
  • Songs sung in Bundjalung language
  • Weapons & Tools (how they were made, what they were made for and the traditional names for them)
  • Bush Foods & Medicines (what they are, where you find them and the traditional names for them)
  • The significance of the Land & Environment (what it means to the Aboriginal people)
  • Respect for Elders
  • The significance of Family & Kinship
  • Yarning Circles
  • Yarn ups with our local community each term.

Image of Charlie Caldwell

 

Hi. My name is Charlie Caldwell. I am an Aboriginal Language Tutor and a School Learning Support Officer and I teach language, dance and art.

I am a Gullibul man from Casino of the Bundjalung Nation.

I am married with three children. My wife Nicole is a bus driver and my three kids names are Issasha, Jaru and Tyra.

I really enjoy working at Casino West Public School and working with the staff and children. It is a good place to be.

Shane Caldwell

 

 

My name is Shane Caldwell and I am a proud Gullibal man from the Bundjalung Nation. My role at Casino West Public School is an Aboriginal Language Teacher and a School Learning Support Officer.  

Through my Elders in the community I have been teaching Aboriginal language at Casino West Public School to all classes, preschool to year 6.

Language lessons cater for all students at our school and all students love and learn so much about Aboriginal language and culture of the Casino area.

Our Aboriginal students show great pride in the inclusion of their own language and culture in the school curriculum.

 

 

Haley Connors Aboriginal Education Officer

 

 

My name is Haley Connors and I am the Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) at Casino West Public School. I am a proud Bundjalung/Wiradjuri woman with strong ties to my local community.

I have lived and grown up on Bundjalung country my whole life. I have  over 10 years of experience in working in schools as an AEO, School Learning Support Officer (SLSO) and a Norta Norta Tutor.

My role at Casino West Public School includes being there for our Jarjums (children), staff, parents and community. I am passionate working in education, it is a very rewarding job that I take seriously. 

I support children in their learning as well as their emotional, mental and physical needs.

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