- From the Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day in the ELC
- Year 4s learn about Interdependence in Nature
- Year 1s Celebrate 100 Days of School
- LLL Depositor Survey
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
Wednesday 4 August was Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
Our St John’s Campus students engaged in a range of devotions, discussions and activities to learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Year 5 students were shocked to learn that children from the Stolen Generation were collectively given 4 August as their date of birth, after being removed from their families and communities. It is hard to contemplate that even today many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people celebrate their birthday on this day… it never should have been this way.
Throughout the year, we are committed to learning and teaching about Reconciliation. We acknowledge that we don’t always get it right, but we keep exploring and listening, becoming better equipped to guide our students to develop a deeper understanding of the rich cultures of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our staff are encouraged to grow their personal awareness and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, to be challenged by social issues faced by Indigenous Australians and to actively embed these rich perspectives in all areas of teaching and learning.
Since taking on the role of Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Coordinator last year, I have been astounded by how much I have personally learned. It really has been a case of opening my eyes and ears to see and hear the need for truth telling by all Australians. I want to be someone who seeks knowledge, who develops relationship and shares the truth, someone who shows respect and is prepared to share my growing understanding with other non-Indigenous people. Some days I feel awkward in the process, but I believe it is so important to persevere.
Jesus is the greatest example of a respectful, loving, courageous truth teller. He truly saw the marginalised. He reached out in love and respect. He shouted their value and humanity to those who had never acknowledged it. Jesus understands us deeply. He knows that even when we try, we make mistakes and break relationship. He loves us and forgives, invites us to try again and to learn from him. Jesus is the Truth and the Truth is Love. So, if I can love a little like Jesus and follow his example, I will be forever grateful for his leading.
Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator
On Wednesday 4 August, the children in the ELC celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children’s Day.
They painted pictures using the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. The children also participated in a music experience using clapping sticks to keep rhythm.
Amidst the showers and cold weather, the Year 4 students made their way to Fullarton Park to learn some lessons in life. They were designated as one of three players in a game; herbivores, omnivores or carnivores. They needed to stay alive by finding water and food and keeping away from their predators. In addition, they had to watch out for the ever present death and destruction. This part was played by their teachers. A fun way to learn about the interdependence of all living things!
Libby Reu and Anita Ruggiero
Year 4 Teachers
A pop stick a day …
Since the first day of school, the students have been counting the days they have been in Year 1. They have been adding a popstick to represent each day at school. Students then bundled the 10s till they got to the 10th bundle of 10!
On the 100th day, students had a great time celebrating by making a snack with 100s and 1,000s, creating a 100-box cereal domino train, (with the cereal being donated to Lutheran Community Care), made a paper chain, created a portrait of themselves as a 100 year old and also participated in a fitness program with 100 exercises.
Following this exciting day of celebration, the students then met a wonderful 100 year old lady named Lillian. Lillian spoke via Zoom about the many memories she has from her 100 past years. The students asked some very interesting questions including, 'What was the best age?', 'How many grandchildren do you have?', and 'What was School like back then?'
Well done Year 1s on a fabulous 100 days of learning.
The Year 1 Team
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