In collaboration with First Languages Australia Queensland students participated in Marrin Gamu, a song for Primary school children and teachers, to promote the diversity and beauty of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
The Marrin Gamu song is designed for translation into local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across Australia.
Queensland has hundreds of first languages, and to celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May and 3 June), ABC Splash is collaborating with First Languages Australia to see Marrin Gamu sung in as many of these languages as possible.
They’re inviting students and teachers to learn the English words to the song and engage with their local Indigenous community to translate them into the first language of their area.
Once students have mastered a local version of the song, they can make a recording, and upload the video to the Splash competition page.
All entries will go in the running to receive the major prize: a visit from a professional video production team to film the students performing the song!
This competition will run until 10 August 2016, so that all schools have time to develop the necessary relationships and participate in the project.
You can visit the Marrin Gamu website for an example to help get you started. There’s also a range of curriculum-linked classroom activities developed around the project.