“From birth, children live and learn with others in their families, early childhood settings and local communities. Children’s contentedness with different ways of belonging to people, country and communities help them to learn ways of being, reflecting the values, traditions and practices of their families and communities.” – Outcome 2: Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
Walking in our Community- Creating Global Citizens
We want our children to grow up being ‘GLOBAL CITIZENS’
This involves them learning the following:
-awareness (both self-awareness and of others),
-responsibility, and participation.
At Golden Square Kindergarten we take the children out weekly and monthly on Community Walks to build their knowledge of the world around them. We go to:
- Post office to send letters and collect mail
- Local supermarket to purchase items to cook with
- Local community gardens to purchase items to cook with
- Share our produce with local community gardens
- The local Op shop to purchase items for kinder to use
- A walk around the block to see the seasons change
- A trip on our local Myki Bus – Public Transport
- The local Hair Dresses
- The Laundry Mat
- The Local MP office, to discuss matters that affect us or collect flags for our centre
NAIDOC Childrens Day – July
Each year in the July school holidays Golden Square Kindergarten hosts a stall at NAIDOC Children’s day run by the Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative. Our stall run by the educators has an activity for the children attending that celebrates the theme of NAIDOC Children’s day each year. By being a part of NAIDOC Children’s day each year we encourage Aboriginal families to enrol their children in kindergarten, we value and acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, and teach our children about Australia’s first people in our program at our Centre.
After reading the story , “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown we took photos of all the children and made them flat. Now families are sending the flat kinder child to friends and families across Australia and overseas.
Flat Stanley has also been travelling with people we know on their adventures overseas including to America with Carol. It was suggested that Carol leave Flat Stanley’s all around America with our address on the back to see if anyone emailed us back.
We receive photos, letters, postcards and posters at kinder sharing their adventures. We are finding out about how people live in different cultures. What the climate is like, what they like to eat, where they live, what they like to do and lots of interesting facts.
It is very exciting to receive mail at kinder and we can then share it with our group.
Donna places flags on our map of the world to show where we have been.
5 cents campaign
In 2012 we began to collect 5cents to raise money to buy ipads for families in our community who had children or teenagers on the autism spectrum who were not able to fund their own ipads.
We were able to purchase six ipads to present . (Jacqui Righetti who organizes Turn a Life Around Campaign put us in contact with these families. )
This year in 2013 we have continued to collect five cents . The Wombat group decided to use this to fund the purchase of a back door ramp that allows our volunteer Sam to access the back door in his wheel chair.
2014 This year we used our money to support the Baker Family Trust and the 3BO Christmas Toy Appeal.
Golden Square has been the recipient of the communities generosity on many occasions so we are really happy to be giving back to help make a difference in others lives.
Smiles for miles
We are currently participating in this program that will educate children and families about Healthy Teeth. This program is being provided through an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo.
2015 Concert – Donation of $750 to Righteous Pups
At our 2015 Christmas Concert we used our 5 cents to donate to the Righteous pups to support them to keep providing a wonderful service providing Autism Assistance Dogs to enter into schools with families of children on the ASD spectrum.