Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt today announced Yarrabah State School had won a $20,000 Languages innovation and improvement grant.

Mr Pitt said the grant encouraged state schools to pursue excellence and innovation in teaching languages.

“I’m proud to announce Yarrabah State School has received the grant as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s efforts to prepare students to be global citizens of the future,” he said.

“I congratulate Yarrabah State School on receiving what is one of the first state-funded grants set up in Queensland to boost language education in our state schools.

“The grant will be used to improve delivery and experience of traditional Indigenous language (Gunggay) learning at Yarrabah.

“It also recognises the amazing work done by Mulgrave language teachers and the more than 150,000 Prep to Year 12 state school students currently studying a language in Queensland.”

Mr Pitt said winning applications were innovative and were selected because of their focus on students and potential for school-wide improvement.

“Winners had to demonstrate a strong evidence base for every key component of their program,” he said.

“Each of them will be required to submit an interim report by March next year and a final report by December 2016.

“This will ensure grant money delivers real results and it will also allow other schools to share best practice and apply creative but proven new models in their own schools.”

State schools determine which languages they offer based on consultation with local school communities. Some currently being taught include Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Spanish and various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.