"Cultural competence is not a ‘competency’ or a set of ‘competencies’. It is not something that can be ticked off. It must be a genuine desire to gain understanding of and valuing of culture and identity. We need to learn with and from others"
Building children’s cultural competence is a learning priority ELC educators are always looking to foster. In the lead up to Reconciliation Week, the ELC children have been exploring many aspects of Aboriginal culture through Literacy and Creative Arts learning experiences, such as the sharing of Aboriginal stories, learning how to say hello and goodbye in Kaurna, making their own books using Aboriginal symbols and using natural loose parts to create an art piece to hang in our ELC.
With the theme of Reconciliation Week being “In this together” we invited our families to add their finger print to our collaborative Australian art piece. We also enjoyed joining with our Foundation and Year 1/ 2 friends to decorate our school fence using colours of significance to the Aboriginal flag.
We look forward to continuing to make learning about country an important part of the life of our ELC community.