Auburn Review: Celebrate native culture
Getting involved in cultural activities for NAIDOC week (pictured) is one of the highlights of the year for both staff and families at Barnardos Auburn Long Day Care, says program manager Mary-Anne Bechara.
She said at Barnardos they believed it was very important to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
"The children love getting involved in all the cultural activities and we were especially lucky to have the dancers from Yurungai Learning Centre in Waterloo to come and perform traditional dances for us," she said.
"We were honoured to have Aboriginal Elder and Durug woman Stacy Etal perform a very special 'Welcome to Country'.
"We also had a large wooden rainbow serpent which was painted by all who attended the event and the children enjoyed cultural face painting and boomerang painting along with Indigenous stories." As well as serving kangaroo and crocodile sausages on the barbecue, children at the centre also made their own Jonny cakes - a flat bread in the tradition of damper or bush bread.
(This article first appeared in the Auburn Review)