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Reconciliation Week at Sparrow Early Learning

Join us in celebrating Reconciliation Week 2024 at Sparrow Early Learning! Our dedicated educators are passionate about bringing this important week to life, teaching our little ones about Australian First Nations culture and the significance of Reconciliation Week. Together, we are passing this valuable knowledge to future generations.

Meet Pollyann, the dedicated service manager at Sparrow Early Learning Pacific Pines. Deeply involved with First Nations groups on the Gold Coast, Pollyann has also contributed to the Reconciliation in Action publication (pages 55-56), available at our center’s reception.

We asked Pollyann what Reconciliation Week means to her and her team at Sparrow Early Learning Pacific Pines.

What is the significance of Reconciliation Week?  

Reconciliation, as highlighted in the Early Years Learning Framework, is fundamentally about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous peoples for the benefit of all Australians. Reconciliation Week, held from May 27th to June 3rd, marks two significant events: the 1967 referendum on May 27th, when Australians voted to remove discriminatory clauses from the Constitution, and the Mabo Decision on June 3rd, which recognized native title. This week focuses on working towards a reconciled Australia.

What are some memorable experiences you’ve had during past Reconciliation Week events?

Reconciliation Week allows us to share enriching experiences with Uncle Allan, engaging in music and dance, connecting with the land, and understanding the language. It is a time to appreciate Australia’s rich history and the stories it holds.

How can schools and educational institutions contribute to reconciliation?  

“I encourage every school and educational institution to explore Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Action and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This initiative fosters a deeper understanding of Australia’s identity through education and reflection, guiding our journey forward.”

Recommended Events for Reconciliation Week!

On Friday 31st May it’s Mabo Day. This day will feature a captivating Torres Strait Islander dance performance which showcases the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Torres Strait Islander Community. All are invited, you can find further information about this event here Mabo Day Event

I recommend the Yugambeh Reconciliation Markets next month. There will be traditional ceremonies, free Aboriginal workshops covering painting, weaving, didgeridoo and more. There will be an Elders tent to have a yarn also entertainment by Levinge Events. Information for this fantastic event is below.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Pollyann and Uncle Alan for their invaluable contributions at Sparrow Early Learning Pacific Pines. Teaching our little ones about Australia’s rich cultural heritage is incredibly important.

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