Posted June 2018

KU Grevillea Preschool has celebrated National Reconciliation Week, with children from the preschool engaging in a range of Indigenous learning experiences.

Uncle Laurie, a Guringai man, visited the preschool to share his knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander totems, tools, instruments and language with the children.

“Throughout the week, we have been engaging with Indigenous culture including learning songs in the Guringai language, taking part in a traditional smoking ceremony, making wattleseed damper and helping Uncle Laurie create a sandstone totem of a stingray,” said KU Grevillea Director, Jane Moran.

Learning experiences such as these do not only take place during special occasions, such as National Reconciliation Week, but are embedded within the preschool’s daily program.

“At KU Grevillea, we are passionate and committed towards providing authentic learning experiences for children around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures,” said Jane.

“These educational opportunities allow children to develop a greater respect, understanding and connection with Australia’s first peoples and allows them to build a more positive attitude and relationship with others and the world around them.”

National Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June each year and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture and fosters reconciliation discussion and activities.