Jingi Jumelungs (Welcome Friends). During NAIDOC week we have been celebrating the history and culture of our indigenous Australians. As a Centre and community we have a strong commitment to providing an environment that is non-bias and works with our local community. We believe that an important part of our community is our local Indigenous culture. We have participated in, cooking damper, flag painting, dot painting and decorating our pole (totem). This pole is a representation of  the centres in our group as well as our families, children, educators and visitors of our community.

We ended this week with our pole raising ceremony. We were very lucky to have Uncle Allan to come and do our “Welcome to Country” and a smoking ceremony. The smoking ceremony performed was to remove any negative energy, before we placed the pole into the ground.   Aunty Maz also came in and helped the children raise the flags.

Educators all wore their Indigenous shirts which were designed by Jenny. We are all proud to be part of this wonderful journey as we learn to speak Yugambeh (the local language) as well as teach our children about their local history and culture.

This was followed by a wonderful centre morning tea where we all ate Miss Jane’s wonderful cakes and muffins.