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Voice of the Land - Volume 25

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The FATSIL NEWSLETTER AUGUST, 2003
THE FEDERATION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LANGUAGES CORPORATION
VOLUME 25

Schooling is deadly for Nyoongar students

Aboriginal students in Perth's eastern suburbs cannot wait to get to school since the gates of Moorditj Noongar Community College opened in 2001.

The Middle Swan primary school is the only Department of Education school purpose-built with ab Aboriginal vision in the metropolitan area. With 140 students from kindergarten to Year 5, acting deputy principal Barbara Clayton said the Moorditj Noongar was working towards having a Year 7 class in 2005.

Three school buses collect students from their homes in suburbs such as Midland, High Wycombe, beechnara, Maylands and Bellevus. Ms Clayton said attendance had improved dramatically among students who transferred from mainstream schools, along with leteracy and numeracy. nyoongar language plyed a big part in the curriculum and gave both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students a sense of pride.

They love it when they can go home and sing a song to their parents and their parents say the kids know more language than they do,' Ms Clayton said.

Photograph and article courtesy The West Australian Newspaper