An Indigenous Day in Kindergarten
A day packed full of experience of early life for our Indigenous peoples was the culmination of weeks of learning in Kindergarten.
Term 3, 2022 It was the culmination of a lot of learning and discovery, firstly about Special Places and then investigation into Australia as a special place for our indigenous people in particular. But importantly, for a memorable day, there was home cooked food, dancing and singing, and a bus trip! Kindergarten had a day of activity last week around their studies into Indigenous culture. To prepare for the day the children made digeridoos and clapping sticks and prayed earnestly for a fine day. With an initial forecast of 20 - 40 ml of rain Kindergarten was celebrating and praising God when the day dawned fine. Father and Board Member, Brendan Owers, visited the classroom and played the digeridoo, amazing the students by making animal noises with the instrument. After conversations around Aboriginal art the children made their own damper, cooked in the Senior School kitchens. While the bread was baking it was time for dancing inspired by indigenous dances and the movements of native animals such as the kangaroo and the echidna. There were Aboriginal games where boomerangs were thrown and spears were used in a more familiar dodgeball game. A visit to the Marrambidya Wetlands in Wagga was the site of the Kindergarten Corroboree, an Aboriginal celebration where the boys played the digeridoos and the girls played the clapping sticks. The levels of exhaustion were high on returning to school and the making of boomerangs had to be left to the next day. It was thoroughly enjoyable and the classes felt so blessed by God with the beautiful weather in what was an unpredictable week weather wise! Some Student Reflections We made damper! It was the best bread in the world- Theo I liked the games. We threw cardboard boomerangs-Brayden It was fun in the gunyas- Max I played with my friends so it was amazing- Harper We did Aboriginal dancing and Aboriginal singing- Abigail