Primary schools’ kids are sending all the right signs

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TALKING THE TALK: An enthusiastic class of students at Glenrowan Primary School enjoyed learning sign language for the first time under the guidance of their expert teacher, Will Taffe. PHOTO: Mel Guy

A PROJECT helping local kids broaden their means of communication with others got off to a flying start this week with students at Glenrowan Primary School.

Over 150 local prep to year six students will be learning Auslan, Australian Sign Language, thanks to a Rural City of Wangaratta community grant awarded to Milawa Primary School.

Last year through council’s community grants program, the school received $5000 to develop a pilot of Language Other Than English (LOTE) classes to teach local students Auslan, the language used by the Australian deaf community.

The pilot includes seven classes from five local primary schools including Cathedral College, Glenrowan, Milawa, Myrrhee and Wangaratta West primary schools.

Each class group will be delivered 10 fortnightly sessions over terms three and four.

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