Butchella Student at the State Library

Children from the Butchulla language program, in Hervey Bay, Queensland had a great end of year trip to Brisbane at Christmas time, which included their appearance as special guests at the State Library of Queensland Murri Christmas celebrations.

The children have for the past two years been part of an innovative and exciting program run by the Korrawinga Aboriginal Corporation which allows them to write and learn songs in Butchulla throughout the year, in preparation for an end of year performance.

The students then face the challenge of auditioning to gain a place among the final group, who come to Brisbane to make a recording of the songs. Teacher Cassie Bonner, who is herself a talented performer, says the children are always keen to attend the language classes and are including dance and the creation of their own original songs in the work for next year. This time it will include rap, rock, group and solo performances.

The 2006 CD, Gambay kalim baba-mi marigurim- Together as one standing strong is available for sale by contacting the Corporation on the phone number or email below.

The Butchulla language program has also produced the set of five language teaching books for use in the school language classes. These books and the CD have found a market with tourists through Hervey Bay, particularly teachers from other countries who are keen to include the resources in their own programs.

If you would like to find out more, contact:

Joy Bonner
Korrawinga Aboriginal Corporation
Ph. 07 41244814
Email. korra@bigpond.net.au

Thanks to Joanne Driessens at SLQ for the photos.

Butchella Student at the State Library