Young­sters ready to learn

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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.

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