- July 13, 2018
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NAIDOC Week (July 9-14th) was celebrated across The Infants’ Home’s early education and care centres, playgroups and Family Day Care Sydney Wide services this week.
Our Community Playgroups did art and craft projects using the colours of the Aboriginal flag; Robinson House conducted a bush tucker scavenger hunt, Rigby House did mark making with sand using the colours of the Aboriginal flag; Johnson House made Aboriginal symbols with playdough and Murray House children enjoyed an indigenous music experience.
Family Day Care took the children on an excursion to explore an Aboriginal track. The children were able to explore the natural world through their senses as they felt the wood carving, smelt the flora and investigated a range of insects.
Other experiences included sharing Dreamtime stories and completing works inspired by the story of ‘The Rainbow Snake’; Gorton House children created woven and painted works on canvas, and Robinson House children wove a serpent into their fence.
Whilst we actively embed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures into our programs through a variety of learning experiences, and when engaging in conversations with the children, NAIDOC week gives us an opportunity to further talk about the history, culture and aboriginal achievements in the past and present and show our acknowledgment and support for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Celebrations at The Infants’ Home culminated onsite on our main lawn on Thursday and Friday, with Gorton, Robinson, Murray, Johnston and Rigby Houses providing a variety of experiences for children to enjoy. The highlight of this was singing and dancing with Uncle Terry, an Aboriginal elder who has ongoing involvement in our educational programs. Uncle Terry engaged children in indigenous dancing and movements imitating different native animals and talking to the children about some of the symbols that were painted in ocre on his body. He brought along a digeridoo and played this for the children and taught them how to count to five in his native language. Children were also able to experience music by singing simple songs with Uncle Terry and using tapping sticks.
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