The Zoom event began with the Goodooga boys dancing a Welcome to Country and IGS student Chennelle Carr presenting an Acknowledgement of Country in both Wiradjuri and English.
Year 5 teacher and Head of Teacher Accreditation and Development Michelle Weir’s students had prepared a number of questions, such as “What is special about Goodooga,” “What languages do you learn at school?”, “What are your totems?” and “What do you like to do in your spare time?”
In return, the rural students were curious about the music and sport played by IGS students and our IGS languages.
Our students learnt to say hello in Yuwaalaraay language – “Yaama” – and the virtual visitors were keen to learn how to say hello in Japanese, Italian, French, German and even Hindi!
The session demonstrated the power of technology in expanding learning.
“It was absolutely brilliant to see the attention our kids gave them and the focus on their faces,” said IGS Head of Indigenous Education and Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies Teacher Jade Carr, thanking IGS Japanese Language Teacher Lucy Howard-Shibuya for organising the event.
“My students did not stop talking about it all afternoon,” Michelle said.