Posted June 2019
KU Killarney Heights Preschool has celebrated National Reconciliation Week by launching their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) – a document providing a framework for the preschool to support reconciliation.
“At KU Killarney Heights we are very committed towards reconciliation, and it was important for us to be able to share our vision for reconciliation and how we plan to implement the actions we have committed to with our families,” said KU Killarney Heights Director, Lisa Hicks.
A key feature of the preschool is their ‘bush kinder’ program, where children regularly go on excursions to their local bushland areas and spend time playing and learning in the bush.
To allow families the opportunity to experience the bush kinder program for themselves, the preschool invited families to join them on a bush walk, where they also engaged with Aboriginal culture.
“Our educators took our children and families on a guided tour of our local bushland area,” said Lisa.
“We were also visited by Uncle Laurie, an Aboriginal elder from the Guringai tribe, who performed a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony for the children and families, and then shared stories and showed us Indigenous artefacts. The children were especially excited to take part in the boomerang throwing lesson.”
National Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June each year and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and fosters reconciliation discussion and activities.