A day in the life of a teacher in Gawura
On my first day of work experience I was set with the task of assisting 11 students in the K-2 Gawura class. My mind was running, what will they be like? What should I do? With the help of the marvellous Ms Yeats, I learnt that the life of a teacher isn’t so daunting, in fact it’s incredibly fun, rewarding but a lot of hard work! The students were extremely welcoming and friendly and I was very glad that I had taken the opportunity to work in a field where I was surrounded by such a wonderful group of people.
During a school week Gawura students engage in a range of activities such as creative and practical arts (drama, music and dance), science and technology, personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE), Christian development and Wiradjuri classes. I found that the Wiradjuri class in particular was very interesting and later in the day I took the opportunity to do further research of the origins of both the language and people. From my research I have learnt that the Wiradjuri People are the people of the three rivers; the Wambool (Macquarie), the Calare (Lachlan) and the Murrumbidgee. These people lived around these areas for more than 40,000 years. It is estimated that 12,000 people could fluently speak the Wiradjuri language before European settlement. I believe that this program is very important as it provides the students with a deeper cultural understanding and promotes the student’s sense of self and identity. These students are very accepting and proud of their Indigenous heritage and actively participate in these classes.
Throughout the week the students also fulfill tasks that are literacy and mathematically based, however it is evident that there is a greater emphasis on the students receiving exceptional literary skills. This has many advantages as being literate is one of the most important life skills a person can have as it is the foundation of being able to communicate effectively. During these classes students strive to do their best and with the help of their teachers they achieve many great things.
In any classroom there is bound to be a bit of chaos, but the Gawura students have fantastic teachers who are remarkably skilled at managing them. These teachers also educate the students about the importance of respect and the positive ways in which a person is to behave. This is vital as the teachers educate the students how to differentiate between what is morally right or wrong.
The Gawura program is very successful and beneficial to the students. The students come to school with a positive attitude and are very enthusiastic about all aspects of their education. Thank you for the chance to be a part of this programme and to meet 22 very happy students.
By Ria Farrant
Year 10 Work Experience