Students sing praises of new CD

“THIS is what we like at Goonellabah School.”

That’s what the kids sang loud and clear in Bundjalung and English at the launch of a Bundjalung language CD yesterday.

‘Ngulli muggi mijunnwern’, which means ‘strong and happy’ in Bundjalung, is the name of the CD, compiled by Laura Nobel and Ricky Cook in collaboration with students at Goonellabah Public School.

Mr Cook didn’t know his own language of Bundjalung as a child and for 19 years he has been learning it alongside his students while he teaches them. He grew up on a mission on Cabbage Tree Island, near Wardell, and his parents spoke different languages.

Mr Cook linked up with Ms Nobel, who had worked with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, to produce the album of songs. They both ‘got a kick’ out of the two years they spent writing the songs, including a rap song.

“I look forward to coming to school, the kids are so keen,” Mr Cook said.

“It has reminded me of where I live and where I belong,” Ms Nobel added.

Goonellabah school principal Mark Spencer said 36 per cent of the students were indigenous and the CD was a valuable resource for Aboriginal education in the school.

To order the Bundjalung CD for only $10 contact the school on 6624 1444.



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