Last week we celebrated Harmony Week at Bull Creek! Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. Our discussions revolved around inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The students in Banksia 1, 2 and 3 completed some activities with their friends from other classes. These included a diversity scavenger hunt, some artwork, discussion about each child’s cultural heritage / country flags and reading stories that celebrate our similarities and differences! What fun!
This week in B1 we have been talking about International Women’s Day and why it is an important day all around the world. The children had a very positive discussion about equality and loved learning the pose for ‘Each for Equal’.
This year’s theme reminded us that collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. We listened to Malala’s Magic Pencil, an autobiographical children’s story written by Malala Yousafzai. Then the children wrote about what they knew about Malala. What an excellent role model!
‘One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.’, ‘Believe in yourself, believe in your voice and believe in the power you have.’ Malala Yousafzai
‘Tis the Season to be Giving
We have been speaking about Christmas and how lovely it feels to share time with loved ones. It feels even more wonderful to give to others during the Christmas period! There are lots of families in Australia and around the world who are doing it tough and cannot afford to have lovely treats for Christmas. The children decided it would be a great idea to give to others less fortunate than themselves this term. Families and staff kindly donated brand new books and toys for children in need through The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal. Thank you to everyone for your extremely generous gifts. There will be lots of happy boys and girls this Christmas!
A reminder for families that Celebration Night is this Friday 13th December. Please drop your children to their classroom at 5.00pm, dressed in their costume. The proceedings will begin promptly at 5.30pm at the basketball court. As it is forecast to be hot, all children will need to bring a fresh water bottle. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Last Thursday 14th November Banksia 1 went to Kings Park with Banksia 3. We took part in the Noongar Boodja program which was all about Kambarang (Aboriginal season of birth in October and November).
During this season, traditional Noongar people moved closer to the water as the weather got warmer.
At Kings Park we learnt about traditional bush tucker and bush medicine. The children painted each other’s faces and dug for sweet potatoes with sticks. They also ground acacia seeds to make flour.
Then we moved to another group and heard all about traditional life near the water. The children had a go at spearing wooden fish and trapping them using branches and traps. Our last activity was a scavenger hunt.
It was a very hot day at Kings Park but we all had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about Noongar seasons and everyday life.