Kinder 4 Term 3 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that we are so close to the end of the year. During term three we actually managed to get in an excursion in-between lockdowns. Our visit to the Museum of Play and Art was very successful. I would like to thank the parents who were able to come along to help with the smooth running of this excursion. The children got to take part in the hands-on S.T.E.A.M experiences that are on offer at MOPA. We received very lovely feedback from the staff at MOPA about the children’s behavior over the two days also. 

This term our focus has been on incorporating indigenous culture into the program. One of the principles in the Early Years Learning Framework is respect for diversity. This is what the document states, ‘For Australia this includes promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being.’ (p.13, E.Y.L.F) This is reiterated in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework that states this, ‘The V.E.Y.L.D.F recognises and respects Aboriginal cultures and their unique place in the heritage and future of Victoria. Learning about and valuing the place of Aboriginal people will enhance all Victorian children’s sense of place in our community.’ (p. 4, V.E.Y.L.D.F) 

I posed some questions to the children. The first one was what do we know about the Wadawurrung people? 

Myra: “They are Aboriginal people.” 

Imogen: “We thank the first people.” 

Mia: “It’s their land that we learn and play on.” 

Paisley: “They shared the land with us.” 

Thomas: “They looked after the trees.” 

Angel: “We need trees for shade.” 

Cleo: “They looked after the world.” 

James: “They looked after the universe.” 

Luca: “They looked after the animals.” 

The children created native animals using clay to incorporate into our Kulin Nation ground. We explored mark making using sticks instead of paint brushes and explored the use of symbols as a means of communication. We have explored the creations stories of Bunjil the Eagle and Looern, another creation spirit. We have listen to stories from Corrina Eccles and Uncle Byron Powell, both Waddawurrung People, and have learnt that many place names are derived from the Waddawurrung language. 

The Olympics

During the Olympics we had a visit from Phoebe Stanley who competed at the London Olympics and was on the reserve team for the Beijing Olympics in rowing. Phoebe has also won world championships in rowing. She bought in several pieces of her Australian Olympic uniforms and the children were able to try them on. Did you know that the blazer lining has all the host cities and years they hosted as well as every Australian athlete on the team competing at the Olympics? 

 

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