International Year of Indigenous Languages

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

At Pulteney we celebrate Kaurna language and culture as part of our school commitment to recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, language and perspectives. We do this by using the Kaurna acknowledgement for Chapel, Assembly and our Pulteney Celebrates at the end of the school year. We fly the Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag, while the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are displayed in learning areas. Our Kaurna Shield, crafted by Jack Buckskin is used for discussion in classrooms during the year and the scar tree changes have been observed by students over the past 3 years.

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group has completed our updated RAP, which is on the Pulteney website. This Working Group includes student school leadership and Senior students along with staff. We meet regularly to plan actions for our goals.

I am currently working with the Art Department to plan several art projects and we hope to invite aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to inspire our students.

Another action is to inform the school community about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances and local events. Please see several performances that will be held during the Fringe Festival. I highly recommend Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) – as I have seen their humerous dances and the back story is amazing.

Briony Franklin

Teacher