KU Gre­vil­lea Preschool cel­e­brates Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - School News -

KU Gre­vil­lea Preschool, lo­cated in Hornsby Heights, has cel­e­brated Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week, with chil­dren from the preschool en­gag­ing in a range of Indige­nous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Un­cle Lau­rie, a Guringai man, vis­ited the preschool to share his knowl­edge of Indige­nous totems, tools, in­stru­ments and lan­guage with the chil­dren.

“Through­out the week, we have been en­gag­ing with Indige­nous cul­ture in­clud­ing learn­ing songs in the Guringai lan­guage, tak­ing part in a tra­di­tional smok­ing cer­e­mony, mak­ing wat­tle­seed damper and help­ing Un­cle Lau­rie create a sand­stone totem of a st­ingray,” said KU Gre­vil­lea Di­rec­tor, Jane Mo­ran.

Learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences such as these do not only take place dur­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions, such as Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week, but are embed­ded within the preschool’s daily pro­gram.

“At KU Gre­vil­lea, we are pas­sion­ate and com­mit­ted to­wards pro­vid­ing au­then­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for chil­dren around Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der his­to­ries and cul­tures,” said Jane.

“These ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties al­low chil­dren to de­velop a greater re­spect, un­der­stand­ing and con­nec­tion with Aus­tralia’s first peo­ples and al­lows them to build a more pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and re­la­tion­ship with oth­ers and the world around them.”

Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week is held be­tween 27 May and 3 June each year and recog­nises Indige­nous his­tory and cul­ture and fos­ters rec­on­cil­i­a­tion dis­cus­sion and ac­tiv­i­ties.

KU Gre­vil­lea pro­vides qual­ity early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and care for chil­dren aged 3 - 5 years old and is cur­rently tak­ing en­rol­ments. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Di­rec­tor, Jane Mo­ran on 9476 2686.

Es­tab­lished in 1895, KU Chil­dren's Ser­vices is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing providers of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. KU en­riches the lives of more than 13,000 chil­dren and fam­i­lies each year through its 140 ser­vices and pro­grams.

Un­cle Lau­rie and chil­dren from KU Gre­vil­lea mak­ing ochre (body paint)

Un­cle Lau­rie teach­ing chil­dren about clap­sticks

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