Interpreters bridge language gap at Koondoola Primary School

Maths expert Dr Paul Swan, Omar Baydoun (Interpreters on Call) and parent Jewahr Berhanu. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491596
Maths expert Dr Paul Swan, Omar Baydoun (Interpreters on Call) and parent Jewahr Berhanu. Picture: Martin Kennealey d491596

KOONDOOLA Primary School is including parents in its Harmony Week events, using interpreters to bridge language barriers.

Principal Ian Ralph said it was WA’s most culturally diverse school, and a staff-planned parents event on March 13, attended by numeracy consultant Dr Paul Swan, reflected that.

“Traditionally we have found it difficult to connect with our community, many who do not speak English,” he said.

“This event was designed to teach parents how to support their children to develop maths concepts.”

“This is a great example of involving our community in an innovative way to support students from culturally diverse backgrounds.”

Maths expert Dr Paul Swan and teacher Kym Fanelli with parents and interpreters. Picture: Martin Kennealey

Teacher Kym Fanelli said about 15 parents attended with interpreters there to help break through language barriers in Karen, Arabic, Oromo and Hakha Chin.

“We are also holding a parent forum for parents of older students on Tuesday, March 19 where various topics and activities will be discussed,” she said.

“We are expecting 40 parents to that parent forum and will also have interpreters.

“We have a small Harmony Day assembly on Friday, March 22.”