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Last week, we created and participated in several wonderful experiences in celebration of our First Nations.

At Banskia Grove, we cooked bush bread on the fire pit and learnt about fires during this Noongar Season of Makuru. We learnt about dreaming stories, Aboriginal symbols in storytelling and sand art. We incorporated yarning circles into daily group times and Cooked with bush tucker.

At Subiaco we learnt about Noongar language and the Noongar names for animals. We learnt Aboriginal songs such as ‘Inanay’ and also the symbolism behind the colours of the Aboriginal flag through art and playdough experiences. We also cooked damper!

At Leederville we have focused on learning and embedding a new Acknowledgement of country song with the children. Another highlight has been Australian animals’ habitat small worlds where we have discussed our shared responsibility for caring for the animals.

Manning celebrated books written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and illustrators whilst also celebrating and appreciating Aboriginal art. The children also enjoyed an excursion to a special NAIDOC Week story time at the Manning library.

At Mullaloo the children and educators enjoyed NAIDOC themed yoga, mud painting and making natural paints. They learnt about gunyah’s and making huts and also had fun playing with outback themed small worlds.

The importance of our Indigenous people and their culture cannot be understated and forms a large part of Atlantis Group Community. Indigenous culture is incredibly important and enriching for young children. It is something that is not always introduced in formal schooling so the Atlantis Group want to make sure that their children are taught the history of the land they live on and the people that land belongs to.