Sign of inclusivity for Ungarra students

SIGN: Ungarra junior primary students Freya Telfer, Ruby Pugsley and Monty Charlton make the sign for 'afternoon' in Auslan. Photo: Lauren Dinning
SIGN: Ungarra junior primary students Freya Telfer, Ruby Pugsley and Monty Charlton make the sign for 'afternoon' in Auslan. Photo: Lauren Dinning

Ungarra Primary School is promoting inclusivity among its students and supporting one student in particular by teaching Auslan at the school.

The school has been running Auslan lessons for its students to support communication with all individuals, particularly fellow student Ruby Pugsley, who communicates through sign language.

With the help of Ruby's mother Brooke Pugsley as instructor, the students have been learning to sign letters of the alphabet, numbers, days of the week and greetings.

Acting principal Karl Robst said it was great to have Mrs Pugsley involved and the students had enjoyed doing role plays and games with sign language.

He said the students also learned how important facial expressions were while signing.

"The kids have responded really well in being able to communicate with Ruby and the wider community," he said.

"The instructor's role is to raise awareness on on how the hearing-impaired communicate, Auslan is one of (the ways)."

Mr Robst said teaching Auslan helped create a more inclusive environment in the school community and the wider community.

He said feedback from Mrs Pugsley indicated the program had been beneficial for Ruby and she had enjoyed the inclusivity and being able to sign with her peers.

Ungarra Primary School is the latest school on Eyre Peninsula to embrace Auslan.

Port Lincoln Primary School incorporated Auslan into one of its Wakakirri performances last year and Cummins Area School will offer level one Auslan to its Year 10 and 11 students next term.