Jarjums Learn New Tricks from an Old Dog!

Source: SBS - Ashley Marr

Students treated to exclusive screening of NITV's Little J & Big Cuz children's series.

Just weeks into the 2020 school year, a group of lucky Jarjums (children, in Bundjalung language) from three schools in Sydney spent the day at the Powerhouse Museum. They were treated to an advanced screening of NITV’s Logie award-winning show, Little J & Big Cuz. 

The show is an NITV children’s animation about Indigenous children living with their Nanna and Old Dog, exploring their culture, community and Country. The event was hosted by actor Aaron Fa’Aoso who voices ‘Old Dog’ in the show.  

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The exclusive screening gave the primary school students a chance to view episodes of the show before they aired. The children were also treated to a chance to chat with Aaron, who took the time to discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions, celebrations, totems and culture shown during the screening. 

Teacher, Natasha Evans, who accompanied her students to the screening said, “It’s a great way of teaching reading and comprehension and the kids just love it. There’s so many comparisons that they can draw with their own lives.”

The event was organised by SBS’s Indigenous Engagement & Partnerships and Outreach teams. After the screening students received morning tea and exclusive Little J & Big Cuz goodie bags plus children’s books to add to their school libraries. 

Read more about the event here.

For classroom resources for preschool to Year 2 level, visit: littlejandbigcuz.com.au

Watch Little J & Big Cuz on SBS On Demand, including episodes in Australian First Languages.