Zeminda leads the ,way in NSW language studies PDF Print E-mail

Zeminda Walker (above), finds herself in the spotlight after graduating with a school certificate in Aboriginal Languages.
Zeminda Walker (above), finds herself in the spotlight after graduating with a school certificate in Aboriginal Languages.
SIX years after starting Gumbaynggir language classes at the Bowraville Central School, Zeminda Walker has become the first New South Wales student to graduate from year ten with a school certificate in Aboriginal Languages. Zeminda's first lessons started at home, learning words and phrases from her father Ken Walker, before the formal classes were introduced at Bowraville Central School in 1994.

"I've thought of

becoming a

lawyer, but I

don't go that way

I'd do dance. I

really love it."

Next year, Zeminda will be moving south to complete her high school studies, having been awarded a scholarship to Saint Vincent's Girls' School at Pott's Point.At this point, no definite plans have been made regarding an eventual choice of career.

"I've thought of becoming a lawyer, but if I don't go that way I'd do dance. I really love it." Zeminda and her sister Mardi lead a dance group called "Jindas" (sisters in Gumbaynggir) The group of eight, which actually includes one male dancer, has already made an appearance in Sydney performing at National Aboriginal Women's Day celebrations.

While Zeminda was the only student to complete the Gumbaynggir language studies in year ten at Bowraville this year, a number of students will come through from year nine in 2001, with high hopes for continued success, following in Zeminda's footsteps.