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This week at The Infants' Home: 21st to 27th October

- October 30, 2017

Welcome to a weekly round-up of happenings at The Infants' Home. This week was children's week, a national celebration of children's rights, talents and citizenship.

Children's week is always a busy week here at The Infants' Home, with our Annual Art Show held on the first day of children's week, Saturday 21st October. You can read about this year's exhibits here.  

Some images from our Annual Art Show, held on Saturday 21st October.

This week we also had a special edition of our Red Bug Playgroup on Monday 23rd October to celebrate this important occasion. There was a petting zoo, face painting and balloons, and the children and families had a fantastic time. 

 

Many of our centres celebrated Diwali on Tuesday, cooking some delicious food for all to share, listening to indian music, and dressing up in beautiful saris. 

 

Diwali craft and delicious food at Robinson House

Rigby House staff and children joined in the celebrations with some food, saris and traditional dancing

 

 

On Wednesday we had visits from some volunteers from NAB who helped to finish off a new path between Johnson Toddlers' playground and Robinson House, as well as a professional photographer who came to take pictures for our publications during our annual photography day.

volunteers from NAB working hard on the new path - Thank you!

 

On Thursday Northern Beaches Family Day Care children took part in some Halloween-themed craft activities. Foot printing and finger painting was a big hit, followed by homemade biscuits and yoghurt served in pumpkin buckets for morning tea. Sensory play at the Northern Beaches family day care playgroup this week included little feet and toes being made into spooky ghost prints.  The children delighted in the feeeling of paint inbetween their toes. 

 

 

A quiet moment that demonstrates confidence to explore a new sensory experience in a trusting environment.

 

On Friday Terry Olsen, an Anawan man and Aboriginal elder from Armidale, visited Gorton House. Terry is very keen to start regular visits to teach the children aboriginal songs, counting and traditional dancing. Terry has conducted a number of smoking ceremonies at various events (including one for the HMAS ‘Waterhen’ in Sydney), and we hope he can do some in future with the children at Gorton House. Terry has some connections who he hopes can advise on some ideas to help create a bush tucker garden for Gorton House. Terry taught the children how to sing Happy Birthday in his native language ‘Gamba daru = good day’, which was timely as a few children had birthdays this week. The children were really excited after their group time with him, and took him around the playground and showed him their Rainbow snake sculpture (featured in the Art Show story above). They were also excited to show Terry some of the drawings they have created using aboriginal symbols. Gorton House are really excited about Terry's next visit and hope that he can come in regularly to share some more rich experiences from his mob and culture.

Gorton House preschoolers with Terry Olsen (right). 

What a week! Come back next week for another round up of activities at The Infants' Home.

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