“The artwork is also now on our staff shirts, we’re looking at adding it to our school uniform shirts, it’s on our website, our Facebook page, and our letterheads,” she said.
The artwork will also feature on a new LED sign set to be installed at the school in the coming weeks.
“It’s kind of changed the whole fabric of our school.
“It’s all about us wanting to embrace our Indigenous culture and embed it into everything we do and send a very clear message to the community that we value our Indigenous culture and language,” Ms Case said.
The artwork and signs are just Mossman State School’s latest language initiative. In 2018, the school, in consultation with elders and leaders of the five local Aboriginal clans, introduced a Kuku Yalanji language program, the first Indigenous languages program that aligns with the Australian Curriculum.
The school is guided by the Kuku Yalanji Language Advisory Group and all students learn language with positive flow-on effects across the school community including in student attendance, behaviour and achievements.
The school embraces a wide representation of cultures, languages and lifestyle among its student, parent and staff cohort with 50 per cent of students identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
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