Celebrating diversity with NAIDOC Week

Our early childhood services across the state celebrated NAIDOC Week (5-12 July), recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia through a variety of local activities.

A number of our staff and volunteers and many of our clients identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, making it an important week for both individuals and the organisation.

Our Jamboree Heights playgroup held a display of posters to teach children the symbols used by Aboriginal peoples for animals, land and people as well as engaging in a range to engaging activities.

Playgroup Coordinator Gail Neumann said the activities were inspired by Indigenous culture.

“Using the natural environment as the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders did, the children were treated to trying dot painting using sticks and bark from the paper bark tree. They also used traditional colours for a snake template, which helped them think about the reptiles that live in the environment,” she said.

“It was wonderful to see them gather around the table to try colouring the aboriginal flag in the correct colours. There was also the opportunity to weave using feathers, leaves and sticks.”

During group time, they discussed NAIDOC week and with traditional tapping sticks they created music and clapped together.

“We read the story ‘My Family Likes Bush Tucker’ by Mike Ingram, and listened to traditional music," Gail said.

Posted July 21, 2015 in News