Aboriginal art at the heart of learning

The new mural at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre.
The new mural at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre.

A mural which contains circles to represent the Aboriginal ways of learning framework involving eight interconnected pedagogies was unveiled at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre on Wednesday.

The council centre is using art to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, perspectives and ways of teaching and learning into its educational program.

The mural, which represents themes of community, connection, inclusion and a love of learning, was the last project as part of their action plan which included children developing Aboriginal resources and artwork, creating an Acknowledgment to Country and transforming their program to include the Aboriginal Pedagogy.

Dalmarri artists Trevor Eastwood and Jason Douglas were commissioned to produce the custom, hand painted mural which depicts a sea of hands to form a Tree of Knowledge.

The hands are of children, families and educators from the centre who helped paint the project with the artists last month. Trevor and Jason completed the project and it was unveiled as part of national NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Dalmarri artists Jason Douglas and Trevor Eastwood with Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone, Children and Family service coordinator Juani Gomez and Centre Director Angela Morgan.

Dalmarri artists Jason Douglas and Trevor Eastwood with Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone, Children and Family service coordinator Juani Gomez and Centre Director Angela Morgan.

Centre Director Angela Morgan said: "It is very important for us children have an understanding of Aboriginal culture. It's not just about NAIDOC Week for us, we embed these practices all year round."

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said a better understanding of and respect for Indigenous cultures nurtures an "enriched appreciation" of our nation's cultural heritage.

"It's important that our children grow with an understanding and respect for Aboriginal perspectives as part of our commitment to The Early Years Learning Framework," he said.

"NAIDOC Week provided the perfect time to celebrate by getting the children involved in an interactive and educational workshop focussing on the histories and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people."

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