Where have you been and what have you seen? The last two weeks have seen the Koori Curriculum travel from the East over to the West Coast of Australia exploring and learning about this great land and meeting many deadly Early Childhood Educators along the way.
Debbie and Jessica flew down to Melbourne where they spent a week visiting various Early Learning Services scattered throughout Victoria. They were blown away by the diverse, creative and innovative ways that educators were including Aboriginal culture in their curriculum.
They visited the Hey Dee Ho Franchise where they met an amazing group of passionate music educators who were wanting to discuss new ways that they could embed Aboriginal perspectives into their music program. Does Hey Dee Ho visit your early learning service? If not you are definitely missing out! Visit their website heydeeho.com.au to learn about their program and services.
Jessica delivered several of the Koori Curriculum workshops including her Aboriginal Art, Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives and Aboriginal Pedagogy Workshops. They visited New Hope Community Kindergarten, Dandenong South Preschool, Penrose Kindergarten and Kensington Community Children’s Co-op and ran an open public workshop in Melbourne CBD. This is what delegates had to say:
Kavita : “It was a great honour to have you for our professional development day. It was an awesome day that well versed the educators with correct history, politics and knowledge".
Hey Dee Ho: Loved every minute!
Jodie: I learnt so much! Thank you. One of the best PD’s I’ve attended.
Melissa: “Thanks for sharing your wisdom Jess! It was a great night!”
However, it wasn’t all work and no play! Before scooting over to Perth the Mother and Daughter duo took the opportunity to cruise down The Great Ocean Road to view The Twelve Apostles.
They also had the chance to revisit Melbourne Museum!
Over west Jessica hosted a public workshop for some of WA’s finest educators at Perth’s Wollaston Conference Centre. The Koori Curriculum team were blown away and humbled to meet educators that had travelled from the Kimberleys and Geraldton to attend the session.
Before heading home the weary travellers had a touch of R&R in the tranquil Kings Park.
Its been a big couple of weeks for the Koori Curriculum who are now back home and resting up for their next big adventure.