Youngsters ready to learn
AGoolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative Ready for Learning Day in Horsham attracted 40 children and their families.
The annual Ready for Learning Day helps Wimmera Aboriginal children and families to prepare for the new school year.
The concept is designed to help Aboriginal children start their education journey without barriers. It was initiated in 2013 through a Delkaia Aboriginal Best Start program.
The day focused on children aged between three and 12 who might be attending playgroup, kindergarten or primary school.
Organisers set up various health stations for screenings and children were given ‘passports to learning’ which were stamped as they progressed through the screenings.
Hamilton Street Medical Clinic and Aboriginal health worker screenings included podiatry, audiology, speech therapy and optometry and ATSI Health checks.
Children also had access to free haircuts provided by Horsham Plaza’s Hair Event hairdresser Sarah May and the pop-up library established by Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network.
Other ‘stations of fun’ included physical activities in a gymnasium, a Lego-building station, jumping castle, Wimmera Uniting Care van and the ‘Deadly Bikes’.
After a child had completed all their screenings and had their ‘passport to learning’ stamped, they were given a complimentary school bag with lunchbox, drink bottle and additional information resources about children’s education and health.