Taungurung Language and Culture

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.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Taungurung people as the first peoples of Buxton and the surrounding areas. The Taungurung have been custodians and caretakers of the land, animals and waters for many thousands of years and continue to perform age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We also recognise other Indigenous peoples living and working in the Buxton area.

Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships

In response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Buxton Primary School is committed to promoting and embedding respectful relationships and gender equality into our school’s curriculum, ethos, vision and values. In our school, the focus is on treating everyone with respect and dignity, developing personal, social and emotional skills and contributing to early intervention through education. We aim to create real and lasting change in the lives of our students, staff, families and the wider school community.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Taungurung people as the first peoples of Buxton and the surrounding areas. The Taungurung have been custodians and caretakers of the land, animals and waters for many thousands of years and continue to perform age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We also recognise other Indigenous peoples living and working in the Buxton area.

Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships

In response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Buxton Primary School is committed to promoting and embedding respectful relationships and gender equality into our school’s curriculum, ethos, vision and values. In our school, the focus is on treating everyone with respect and dignity, developing personal, social and emotional skills and contributing to early intervention through education. We aim to create real and lasting change in the lives of our students, staff, families and the wider school community.

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