Talking Namba resource contributors

The Talking Namba resource has been produced as part of the Strong Literacy and Numeracy in Communities project, Northern Territory Department of Education and Training with funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The resource includes and builds on much of the work produced as a result of the Building Community Capital (BCC) project conducted from June 2006 to July 2009 at Shepherdson College, Elcho Island. This was an Australian Research Council Linkage Project headed by Professor Dianne Siemon of RMIT University in collaborative venture between RMIT, Northern Territory Department of Education & Training, Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

The Talking Namba resource was made possible through the time and effort of the following institutions and individuals:

Strong Literacy and Numeracy in Schools
Curriculum, Teaching and Phases of Learning Division
Department of Education and Training


Lynley Baker

'Talking Namba' Production

John Bradbury

Finance and Training

Andrea Brown

Project Officer and Training Support

Jenny Buckley

Gillen Primary School


David Glyde

Senior Teacher

Fran Barlow

SLNC Coordinator

Jenny Buckley

Assistant Teacher

Rebecca Hampton

Assistant Teacher

Joanne Watkins

Gapuwiyak School


Lyndall Watson


Catherine Orton

Assistant Teacher

Sally Motitj

Assistant Teacher

Joanne Wanambi

Assistant Teacher


Moulden Park Primary School


Garry Fry

SLNC Coordinator

Dallas Glasby

Assistant Teacher

Nicky Cubillo

Assistant Teacher

Noraida Kadiba

Manunda Terrace Primary School


Sally Winch

SLNC Coordinator

Lisa Hirschausen

Assistant Teacher

Jodie Dowling

Assistant Teacher

Caroline Holtze

Shepherdson College


Brian Hughes

Senior Teacher

Jan Jardine

Senior Teacher

Jo Pickering


Kathy McMahon


Beth Harris

Assistant Teacher

Joy Mundhu

Assistant Teacher

Lisa Dayngipu

Assistant Teacher

Rhoda Bamuniya

Baranga School

Teacher/ Principal

Anita Painter

Darwin Languages Centre


Melanie Wilkinson

One Talk Technology


William Ulstrup

Translating Team

Geoff and Alvin

Blackpixel Elearning

Web Design

Elke Watson


Craig Batty

BCC Participants List 2006 - 2009


Yolngu Teachers


Teachers & School Staff


Community Leaders


Shepherdson College
Shepherdson College

Mundhu Dhamarrandi

Stephen Henderson

Bepuka Garawirrta

Ted Marrawili Gondarra

Heather Yeparrnga

Cathy Guthadjaka

Roberta Dharruynga Dhurrkay

Kieran Meyers

Dorothy Gapany

Lisa Dayngipu Bukulatjpi

Mark Bergamo

Rose Gondarra

Ruth Gulamanda Dhurrkay

Sharon Asplin

Joanne Garnggulkpuy

Susan Duwalatji Garrawurra

Kylie Nam

Malku Dhamarrandji

Ronnie Gulurrwuy Dhurrkay

Heather Yeparrnga

Maratja Dhamarrandji

Rita Rirrngul Dhurrkay

Fiona Summerell

Maypilama Lawurrpa Bukulatipi

Jean Yurranydjil Dhurrkay

Deborah Reich

Valerie Dhaykamalu

Helen Rrikawuku

Joanne Pickering

Walpulay Dhurrkay


Jan Jardine

Watipalala Dhurrkay


Alison Burgess



Fran Enilane


Craig Danvers (AV Support)


Fred Munyirinyir Dhamarrandji (AV Support)


David Wilson (Technology Support)


Helen Rrikawuku Yunupingu


Mapuru Homeland School

Roslyn Malngumba Guyula

David Ammenhauser


Jackie  Nguluwidi Guyula

Stanford Jubane


James Burkiyalawuy Guyula



Principals / Acting Principals

Kaye Thurlow (2006)

Paul Bubb (2007)

George Hewitson (2007 – 2008)

Bryan Hughes (2008 - Present)


Advisor Committee Members


Research Team Members


RMIT Research Officers


Di Siemon (RMIT)

Di Siemon (RMIT)

Jo Virgona

Linda Ford (CDU)

John Fien (RMIT)

Chris Walta (APAI)

Paul Bubb (NT DEET)

Jan McCarthy (NT DET)

Kylie Myers

Tom Evison (BIITE)

Michael Christie (CDU)

Claudia Johnstone


Susan Barton-Johnson (NT DET)

Kath Herring


Kathy McMahon (APAI)


Debbie Efthymiades (NT DET)


Tom Evison (BIITE)


Beverly O’Connoll (NT DET)


John Bradbury (NT DET)




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Prepared by the BCC Research Team led by Prof Dianne Siemon – RMIT University, March 2010

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