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From the Editor | Language, Students, School, Classes, Wiradjuri, Training, Education, Schools | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Faith Baisden
Faith Baisden
THE auditorium walls at the Darlington Public School in Sydney were covered with the most brilliant artwork by the students.This made it into a gallery of crazy colour and at the same time a terrific way to extend the language studies beyond the weekly Wiradjuri classes the children all take part in.

Those at the school for the launch of the NSW Aboriginal Languages Syllabus were also treated to the students' enthusiastic performance of a number of songs in Wiradjuri.

And while the politicians at the launch voiced their support for the new syllabus, it's hoped they took time to absorb the feeling in the room that came from being surrounded by the students, their work and their tangible pride.

One of the main goals of the people trying to get language studies into schools is to help improve school attendance and social outcomes for the young ones. Schools like this let us feel the changes at work.

So it's welcome news that the federal government, through the office of the Minister for Education and the Dept. of Education, Science and Training is continuing its talks with FATSIL over issues such as teacher training options and more funding for language classes.

Maybe to speed things up we need to sit more politicians down in front of groups of tiny budding language speakers singing their little hearts out!

Faith Baisden