Killara Kids over the years has created a strong relationship with Koori Kinnections. Koori Kinnections is provides Aboriginal & Indigenous Australian educational programs.
Killara Kids believes it is of great importance that we establish ongoing collaborative partnerships with the community to engage children’s learning, wellbeing & participation.
We have teamed this year with Koori Kinnections (100% Aboriginal owned & has a 100% Aboriginal employment rate) to be able to offer a workshop for the kids once a term. We believe with this community partnership we will create a culture of inclusiveness, awareness & respect at Killara Kids.
We had our first incursion on Tuesday 27th March. Have a look to see what our children got up to!
On Tuesday 27th we had Koori Kinnections visit us for an afternoon of weaving & creating both friendship bracelets & bookmarks out of Lomandra, a type of leaf that we have on school grounds.
Caressa shared all the tips with us how to make them by sharing techniques about the weaving aspect & different types of ways you could twist, manoeuvre & weave.
It was amazing to see the group of children engaged for the majority of the afternoon as they persistently tried to successfully learn the weaving technique. Children were able to ask when unsure or needed extra guidance & stuck at it until they finished either the bracelet or bookmark which was incredible to see their persistence pay off.
Lara, Erin & Amelia were super proud to show off their creations whilst Max remembered the Incursion from last time & was keen to re do a bookmark when he found out it was happening again!
This Incursion was planned with intentionality as educators believe it is important to extend on children’s learning, skills & knowledge through worthwhile & challenging experiences. Although conversation about how this weaving technique didn’t happen during, there were questions towards the end from children asking about different Aboriginal traditions which Carissa was more than happy to answer for the children.
I believe by offering experiences, such as the one today, promotes children’s interest to learn more about the outer community & different traditions whilst feeling like valued members of the community.
(Written by Samantha)