WOOLOOGA: (From left) Ishan Singh and Abhimann Dhanoa. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times
WOOLOOGA: (From left) Ishan Singh and Abhimann Dhanoa. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times Renee Albrecht

Woolooga gives a warm welcome

ENGLISH can be a difficult second language, but helping your mates is all part of the new culture Ishan Singh and Ahbimann Dhanoa are learning at Woolooga.

The tiny town's youngest students are cousins who grew up speaking the Indian Punjabi tongue and have had a lot to get used to moving to Australia and particularly to Gympie region.

And if they learn the work ethic shown by their parents every day, they will probably master their school work in no time at all.

"I'm Ahbimann's mother," Sarminder Buttar told us from the Woolooga Store, where she and Ishan's mum, Manjot Kaur, spend their busy days.

"Their first day at school was a big day for all of us," she said.

"It's handy for us because we can get on with shop business.

"And they are happy too.

"Everybody at school is getting on really well with them.

"All the students and teachers give them plenty of attention because they are different and need some extra help sometimes.

"Ishan is really good at English as he's been here a few years, including kindy.

"My son has a little problem with English because he only came out from India a few weeks ago.

"English is common in India, but not as a first language," she said.

While the two mums work in the shop, the boys' dads, Gurpreet Singha and Harmandeep Singh, drive cabs in Brisbane.

Gympie Times


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