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Djungah Dancers

The children in the Djungah room have been learning traditional dance with Uncle Charlie. The children listen to a story before learning each dance, and through dance, they retell each story. The painting/markings on the dancers is symbolic – it represents identity, connection, and story-telling. Having themselves painted allows the children to step away from their normal lives, and into a cultural, spiritual world. This year, the children have learnt three dances – “The Spirit Dance”, “The Honey Dance”, and “The Black Cockatoo”.

Swimming

Learning to swim, developing water safety skills, and being confident and familiar with water is important for everyone. Swimming skills, particularly among Aboriginal children are fundamental to every individual’s safety to ensure that they have the ability to survive in and around the water. Swimming is also beneficial for children with additional needs and some health issues. We were fortunate enough to receive funding for the children who are going to kindergarten in 2018, to participate in swimming lessons in terms 1, 2, and 4 of 2017. We will continue to apply for funding to continue providing this opportunity for children in future years.

Mini Movers

In March 2017, we received funding through the Office of Sport and Recreation, and the Police Citizens Youth Club, for 12 children to participate in Mini Movers. This program went for 10 weeks, and focused on fundamental movement skills for children between the ages of 1 and 5. The Bimbala room attended the sessions, and absolutely loved the opportunity – they were able to burn some energy while learning some new skills. As Educators, we decided that it would be beneficial for the children to be able to continue in the Mini Mover program, so Cullunghutti Early Learning Centre has been able to partially fund term 3 for the Bimbalas.

Out and About in the Community

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NAIDOC

A time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, and achievements, and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.
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Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) set targets aimed at eliminating the gap in outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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Shepherd Centre

The Shepherd Centre opens up a world of sound for children with hearing loss and their families, providing one-on-one support across a range of programs and services aimed at providing sound and spoken language to deaf children, and training parents to teach their child to listen and speak.
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Go Blue for Autism

Go Blue is an initiative of Autism Queensland to help raise awareness and funds to support individuals living with ASD and their families.
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Reconciliation

The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation joyrney – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

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Sorry Day

National Sorry Day offers the community the opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the policies spanning more than 150 years of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The first National Sorry Day was held on 26th May, 1998, following the 1997 HREOC report “Bringing Them Home”, which recommended that a national day of observance be declared.