At Everlearn, we pay our respects to our nation’s First Peoples and thank them for the earth our centres now lay upon. Here at Everlearn, we have very diverse communities across our two centres in Clovelly (in Sydney’s East) and Prestons (in Sydney’s South-West). Because of this, we celebrate a number of key events throughout the year to shine a light upon the importance of cultural diversity. This year for Harmony Day we invited the parents to send us photos or information about their cultural heritage and cultural events they celebrate. We also invited the children to come to preschool wearing clothes that represents their culture. It was lovely to see the children so excited to show their peers their outfits and be celebrated. Whilst we love celebrating and sharing the global diversity in our centres, we are also expanding our recognition and celebration of Australia’s ancient heritage through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We have recently begun the process creating Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs for short) in an effort to further pay our respects to our Nation’s First Peoples. The RAPs is a working document that all staff and families are invited to take part in creating. As it ties together not only our centres’ communities but the wider community as well. We are developing our RAPs using the Narragunnawali online platform. Which “provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the preschool, and with the community.” Our “teachers and educators can access professional learning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of reconciliation initiatives. For more information visit the FAQs and download a Narragunnawali flyer.
Written by Thea Wylie – Everlearn Preschool Prestons