We would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land where we live, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise they are the first people of Australia.
Throughout this week at Kids Club we have been celebrating NAIDOC week. A celebration held across Australia each year observing the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
During this week we have been engaging our children and team members in different experiences and activities to support awareness and education of the Indigenous Australian Culture.
We engaged the children in various art and craft activities, creating flags painting rocks and drawings of traditional dream time stories. Providing the children with these experiences allows to develop their understanding and empathy skills by responding to diversity with respect.
Discussions around how Aboriginal Australians have used and use different ways to communicate such as, symbolic drawings, also presented in the form of art, also occurred. We spoke about how traditions have been passed down from generation to generation through storytelling and together we read some dreamtime stories.
Reading the Dreamtime stories together was a beautiful experience for us all, as we used our imaginations to see the words come to life. After the readings we would then draw what we imagined. It was really nice to see what the children all came up with!
NAIDOC week provides a great opportunity for us to provoke learning in our children about the long Aboriginal Australian history, the beautiful culture and the amazing achievements of Indigenous Australians.
Learning about the culture of Indigenous Australians always excites the children and keeps them interested in learning about diversity and Aboriginal Australian history. The children respond to diversity with respect and become aware of fairness.