In 2018, Taungurung Language and Culture became the Language Other Than English (LOTE) program at Buxton Primary School. Aunty Lee Healy, Taungurung linguist and elder, runs the one-hour weekly sessions with the teacher Lea Hyatt. We are only one of ten schools in Victoria to offer an Aboriginal Language and Culture Program. It is an enriching and meaningful program that our students are passionate about.
We use Taungurung Language daily in class for greetings, acknowledgements and other learning tasks. Our students have a strong understanding of, and connection to. the Taungurung concept of custodianship of the land. Each student has consulted with Aunty Lee to adopt their own totem animal. The students have produced presentations to teach the local community how to protect their totem animal.