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Languages

Hawker Area School offers students two languages face to face - Indonesian and Yura Muda.

INDONESIAN

Learning another language fosters students’ ability to think and reflect about the
workings of language, and to develop mental flexibility and problem-solving strategies.
It also increases opportunities and abilities to develop interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.

Indonesian is the national language of the Republic of Indonesia. It is closely related
to Malaysian which is the national language of Malaysia. Indonesian and Malaysian are spoken by more than 250 million people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand.

Australia has a growing Indonesian community, including more than 35,000 Indonesian
and Malaysian students attending Australian schools and universities.

Indonesian language skills can open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities
in areas of government, education, business, tourism, travel, translating and interpreting, the military, medicine, law, engineering and journalism.

Indonesian language has been taught at Hawker Area School since 1994 and aims to promote communication and understanding of the language and culture.

Children are introduced to the Indonesian language of greetings, personal and family information and topics of interest they may choose to explore, including School life, Clothing, Sport, Games, Animals, Transport, Music, and Cooking.

Activities provide for hands on experiences and opportunities to practise the language
about these experiences.

YURA MUDA

'Yura Muda' means Aboriginal Culture of the Adnamatna (meaning Rock People),
people of the Flinders Ranges.

In our lessons each week we introduce words and meanings of such things as:

  • Greetings,
  • Common animals and objects,
  • Body parts, and
  • Instructions.

We retell Dreaming stories and how they are important to the Adnamatna people.
Each one has a message which tells rules for living, spiritual connections and
environment, and how the Aboriginal people live by these.

We use excursions to various important sites, such as Wilpena Pound, Arkaroo Rock,
Sacred Canyon and Yourambulla Caves, to build on the lessons taught.

We also use the excursions to reinforce what has been learnt about bush tucker as we
find the various plants and trees. We include cooking of bush tucker, such as kangaroo
and damper, in our lessons. If possible, we do as much outside work as we can.