Photo: Students from Yass Public School during a performance at the Binit Binit Learning Community’s showcase as part of Education Week in 2017

Several schools in the district have come together to reform the Binit Binit Learning Community.

Yass High School Principal Linda Langton said it has been wonderful to have their community back in the school again as they return to life as normal.

Linda met with the Principals of Yass High School’s feeder primary schools and the group decided to re-establish the Binit Binit Learning Community (BBLC), which also includes the Principal of the new Murrumbateman Public School Liz Beasley.

This group will work to provide joint learning opportunities for students, targeted professional learning for our local teachers to share practice, and enhancing the communication with the community on the schools’ projects and achievements.

Linda said this term has also been a busy one in terms of the priorities of the Department of Education and the impact of these changes on schools. Her two weeks relieving Meg Couvee as Director of Educational Leadership gave Linda an insight into how the various Directorates within the Department interface with schools, and how these networks can be leveraged for support and school improvement.

The Binit Binit Learning Community was originally formed in 2016 by schools in the Yass Valley and surrounds including Yass High School, Yass Public School, Boorowa Central School, and Berinba, Binalong, Gunning, Dalton, Bowning, Wee Jasper, and Rye Park Public School. The group of schools worked closely with each other and performed concerts and art shows among other things.

Binit Binit Learning Community also worked with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and local community elders to share and grow in the culture and traditions of the Ngunnawal people. The learning community provided many opportunities for students of all ages to celebrate the values of inclusion and reconciliation.

The Yass High School Principal said she looked forward to continuing the work they are doing together as a school community towards achieving their targets for growth as outlined in the School Improvement Plan.

Linda said she is also keen to include further opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of ideas and expertise to provide the most effective learning for students.