Wiradjuri words sung in Early Learning

Early Learning students celebrated National Reconciliation Week with a special visit from the School’s Aboriginal Studies teacher, Jade Carr.

Jade taught some of the School’s youngest learners how to sing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, in the language of the Indigenous Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.

IGS Aboriginal Studies teacher Jade Carr shares Wiradjuri words during Reconciliation Week
IGS Aboriginal Studies teacher Jade Carr shares Wiradjuri words during National Reconciliation Week

Jade spoke of the significance of acknowledging country for Aboriginal people. 

“It is a really good step along the way to reconciliation,” Jade told the students.

The acknowledgment, which takes place every morning in IGS Early Learning, is “a meaningful, and respectful way to start our day,” said Early Childhood Teacher Jasmin Flyte.

Jade shared some of the Wiradjuri language she has learned from her family.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t speak the language any more so they have to do things like sing songs, so that they are able to keep that language going, and to keep it alive,” Jasmin said.

“Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” translates, in Wiradjuri, to “balang, ghana, bungangbu, burrami.”

The children also asked some questions about how Aboriginal people live now, and about what they used to eat and how they would stay warm. They also shared things that they knew of Aboriginal culture, including Dreamtime stories.

Explore a map showing language groups.