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Giinagay (Hello/How are you) : In Gumbaynggirr
Currently Muurrbay is offering some Gumbaynggirr classes onsite on Tuesday afternoons. For more information please call the office on 0265694294.
The Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Maintenance was offered in 2017/2018 on-site at Muurrbay. It will be offered again in 2020. This is an opportunity for another generation of local people to upgrade their language skills.
Guudji Yiigu (Hello/Welcome) : In Gathang
Muurrbay will be offering another Certificate III course in Gathang in 2020 as part of our increasing focus on developing accredited Aboriginal language courses and teaching resources to empower other language communities along the central to north coasts of NSW.
This course was previously run from July 2015 to December 2016 in Taree. Participants travelled from all parts of the large Gathang area – from Port Macquarie in the north, Stroud to the west and Port Stephens in the south and many place in between. The Graduates were : Jaycent Davis, Sharon Edgar-Jones, Jonathan Lilley, Rose Lowe, Arlene McInherny, Marianne McKinnon-Kidd, Rhonda Radley, Natalie Stanfield, Yeena Robins.
Sharon Edgar-Jones, Rhonda Radley and Jaycent Davis now teach Gathang within their communities and most graduates have been called on to use language in varied contexts within community.
We have run workshops in 2017 for teachers of Gathang and will run further workshops for Gathang teachers and graduates in the coming year.