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School leaders at Mossman State School collaborated with local Aboriginal Elders in the Mossman and Daintree area to develop a language program for teaching Kuku Yalanji. The language program is taught by an Indigenous Language Teaching Assistant, with the support of colleagues throughout the school.

Mossman State School is a government primary school located on the land of the Kuku Yalanji people in Far North Queensland, about an hour north of Cairns. The school has around 230 enrolled students and has a strong focus on working with parents, carers and the community. In 2019 the school received a Queensland Department of Education Showcase Award for excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

  • How might you and your colleagues work with the local Indigenous community to ensure that students develop an understanding of and respect for Indigenous histories, cultures and languages?
  • How do you incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous histories, cultures and languages in your teaching?