Date: Nov 1, 2021 | Mon - Nov 22, 2021 | Mon, .

Location: Premier Street Kogarah NSW 2217

This year, KU celebrates 125 years of delivering excellence in early childhood education, that prepares our student for the changing nature of our world and creating culture that fosters student learning and well being .

All educators, children and families in our centre were invited to share ideas on how KU Kogarah can be represented in this event. We asked children what they like about KU and their school and we invited them to express their ideas through artwork. By listening to children voices we decided to create an art book which expresses their vision. For two weeks children worked on their creations make sure everyone is included.

We invited children to wear costume for dress up day and all educators received a KU sticker to wear. We gathered around in the big room. Maja started by welcoming children and staff and reading an Acknowledgement to Country. We watched a short movie that Anna created about our centre. Children recognised all the play spaces and areas saying: “That’s our garden” or “That is my room”. After the movie we showed children their art book we created from their artwork. We looked at the individual masterpieces and read the child's name aloud. Children were so proud seeing their paintings in the book and hearing their names.

Then it was time to attend a “KU Kogarah Ram Sam Sam Challenge”, where children and educators participated in dancing and movements to the action song.

After the dancing Yvonne brought a cake with KU logo on it she baked especially for this occasion. We sang happy birthday to KU and gave 125 claps before Maja and Yvonne cut the cake together. It was time for sharing.

This was all a part of our indoor celebration, but we also did great work outdoors, where children helped educators to upgrade and to bring our gardens and veggie patch. alive. Together we planted new plants, seedlings, created and refreshed gardens and built a scarecrow and made a sign for this special occasion.

Thanks to educators and families for donating plants, now we have much more greener and happier outdoor environment, that children took responsibility to care for. Children harvest herbs from our garden to be used in our kitchen.

We educators shine a light on every child ensuring that they feel safe, secure, supported and valued and heard. All children and educators love being a part of the KU community where we all belong.