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National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May-3 June and we will be running various activities across the week with the children.

Nursery Room

The children in the nursery room will have the opportunity to listen to Australian Aboriginal Story telling.

As the Aboriginal culture was an oral one, the written word was unknown to these people, so the storyteller's role was not just to entertain, but also to preserve their culture, while educating the growing generation of children and young adults, in the history, traditional values and lore of their people.

Toddler & Junior Kindy Room

The children will have the opportunity to see our flag display and discuss each flag. They will also create their own flags as part of National Reconciliation Week.

Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags is a highly visible symbol of respect. This act demonstrates Australia's recognition of its First Peoples and promotes a sense of community partnership and a commitment to reconciliation.

Kindy Room

Each child will be asked to think about something that makes them or their culture different to other children in their classroom or community. Each child's response to complete the statement "I'm different and awesome because…" will be written down and accompany their photo.

This activity aims to instil an early appreciation of cultural diversity among children. These early attitudes and understandings can serve as a positive platform for further cultural competence development as children continue to grow and learn.

Did you know that the word "deadly" is used by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait people to mean "very good," "great" or "cool."

Preschool Room

The Preschool children will participate in an Acknowledgement of Country.

An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country. It can be given by both non-Indigenous people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are connected to another place.

A bit more about National Reconciliation Week...

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

May 27—Marks the anniversary of Australia's most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation's history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June—Commemorates the High Court of Australia's landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.



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