Centres taking the next step
From taking a bus trip to a community library to creating a mural which represents reconciliation, Goodstart Early Learning centres have celebrated National Reconciliation Week.
The week, which celebrates achievements in the journey towards reconciliation, was celebrated from May 27 to June 3 with educators finding unique ways to help children celebrate Aboriginal and Indigenous culture.
The kindergarten class from Goodstart Bray Park - Elmwood Drive
enjoyed an outing on their Goodstart bus to the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library in Inala, where children were treated to a special storytelling experience. Children sang songs and learned a new dance as part of their excursion to the library and were joined by a local Elder, Aunty Honor, who has a special connection to the centre.
Goodstart Moreton Downs
worked closely with their community in taking the next step towards reconciliation. Special guests Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP, Alex from The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, and Ranu from KU Children’s Services – Inclusion Support visited the centre to speak with educators and children.
During a week, children helped to create a mural which physically represents the centre taking the next step towards reconciliation by marking with a footprint. Educators, families and community added to this mural. Other activities were completed through the week included a special connection to land, using the culture rock kits, deadly cards, and other art.
At Goodstart Red Hill
, the centre reached out to an elder in their community through a local school and through this connection invited her to join the kindergarten class on a nature walk to their local natural reserve – a special place they affectionately call their ‘magical forest’. Aunty Ruth led a song and storytelling session with the children before joining their play and conversations in the bush.
While these are events were held during National Reconciliation Week, Goodstart acknowledges and celebrates indigenous culture and heritages in everyday activities throughout the whole year.
Children learn stories and songs, take part in welcome to country morning rituals, help look after their own bush tucker gardens, and experience traditional activities in yarning circles at their centre. These are just some of the ways Goodstart proudly celebrates and shows our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our communities.
Held annually, National Reconciliation Week is bookended by important milestones: the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision, respectively.