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Inside Teaching : June 2010
www.atra.edu.au | firstname.lastname@example.org FEATURE 11 hunting activities -- Going for Jubul, or witchetty grubs, and Going for Binging, or turtle. Local elder Harry Walker instructs students on Bundjalung language and culture. School staff, students and others in the community are also working with him to make a DVD which will document his knowledge about the local area. Since 2007, Tabulam PS has played host to neighbouring schools for a major event under the auspices of the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). Since these schools have few or no Aboriginal students, it is, explains Mills, an opportunity, 'to showcase the school and our kids and our community involvement, and to show the positive aspects of the development of Aboriginal culture in the school environment.' Prior to the last NAIDOC event, McGrady adds, the school had to prepare six different activities. She and other community members spent the weekend preparing the school on a completely voluntary basis. That, she points out, is a testament to the community's feeling of ownership of the school. Informed, committed and lasting leadership can take a school a long way. As Mills explains, 'Leadership is about relationships, understanding and making sure everything that you do will be of benefit to the students. It means creating a team of people who feel valued and respected, who