Sea of hands celebrates respect and reconciliation

IGS Early Learning children added their hands to nationaI actions to promote reconciliation this week.

Each day, children in Transition in the Early Learning Centre start their day together reciting an acknowledgement of country.

Reconciliation Week marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum in which Australians voted to amend the Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include them in the census.

“To give the children an understanding of the significance of this event, we engaged with the book Say Yes by Jennifer Castles,” said Transition Gold teacher Candice Ramrack.

“The story is told from the perspective of two young friends, who were unable to do the same things as each other due to one being Indigenous, until the historic referendum.

“The text helps explain what the referendum meant to Australian society and why it is important for Aboriginal people to be acknowledged and celebrated.

“To follow on from this the children collaborated to make a sea of hands mural. Hands have long become a symbol of community support for reconciliation, rights and respect.”

Other activities included exploring the meaning of the Australian Indigenous Flags and making their own, using cardboard and collage technique; exploring Aboriginal storytelling symbols through sand sensory bins; and watching a traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime story, Tiddalick – The frog Who Caused A Flood, by Robert Roenfeldt.