Tathra school launches Yuin language book

TATHRA Public School has strengthened its knowledge of Aboriginal education.

The school has launched a new book called Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language.

The book is based on the language of the Yuin Language Group on the Far South Coast – Dhurga and Thaua, with an English translation.

It also features Aboriginal artwork made by the school’s pupils.

The book was made possible courtesy of a $3000 grant through the Mumbulla Foundation.

The Tathra Public School P&C committee successfully obtained the grant and received financial support from the Tathra Lions Club.

Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language was unveiled at a whole school presentation yesterday.

Special guests included Bega Land Council representative Graham Moore, Far South Coast director of Public Schools at NSW Department of Education and Communities Paul Morris, Mumbulla Foundation president Phil McDonald and Tathra Lions Club president Peter Davis.

Mr Moore delivered the Welcome to Country before everyone took part in a rousing rendition of the national anthem.

Principal Graham Roberts said it was a proud day for the school.

“It’s a milestone in Aboriginal education at Tathra Public School,” he said.

“It has demonstrated that Tathra Public School values diversity.

Mr Roberts said Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language was the first step in a three-point plan for the school.

The next step will see a book highlighting six local Aboriginal heritage sites, followed by a walkthrough map.

Mr Roberts said the school felt strongly about developing Aboriginal education for its pupils.

He said this included speaking to local Aboriginal people and groups, providing experiences and an Aboriginal education policy.

The book was officially launched by Mr Morris and Mr Moore at the presentation.

Mr Morris said it was a great privilege to unveil “this wonderful resource”.

“This is an example of supporting each other to achieve a wonderful thing,” he said.

“To reach our potential, we must work together across the community.”

Mr McDonald said the Mumbulla Foundation was proud to support the book.

“The Mumbulla Foundation is happy to back projects like these,” he said.

“The foundation is really involved in the community to make the Bega Valley a better place to live.”

The school’s Aboriginal education coordinator Margaret Taylor said Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language will be on sale in the near future.

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