Reconciliation Action Plan - City ELC

Haileybury City Early Learning Centre is extremely proud to have published its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with its community. The City ELC RAP is a living document which has been developed with educators, children, parents, community members and colleagues. This is their unwavering commitment to help advance our journey to a truly reconciled nation and is supported by the Narragunnawali education platform.

Led by Head of Early Learning Centre and Junior School at the City campus, Mrs Sally Robertson, each member of the City ELC team has embraced the opportunity to develop the RAP over the past 3 years.

We thank them for their thoughtful discussions, willingness to learn and positive contributions to Reconciliation, which ultimately will have an impact on the wellbeing of young children, their families and members of our communities. Their RAP is their unwavering commitment to help advance our journey to a truly reconciled nation.

Acknowledgement of Country

The ELC students begin each day with an Acknowledgment of Country, which was written in conjunction with the children of the ELC. The children understand that this is a sign of respect for the Traditional Custodians of the land. It also encourages children to engage with diversity and respect.

Celebrating Cultural Connection

The artwork featured throughout our Reconciliation Action Plan was created by Tinka, who is Aboriginal and attended the ELC in 2018 and 2019. Tinka is now in Prep at Haileybury.

Tinka’s painting was inspired by an artwork titled Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), by Agnes Nampijinpa Brown, an Aboriginal artist from Nyirripi and Yuendumu country.

“I made this painting when I was in Pre-Prep. I looked at the Aboriginal painting in my classroom first, but when I look at my painting now, it makes me think of my Luritja book at home because I’m a Luritja girl. I have a really famous Aboriginal painter Nanna, she is my Dad’s mum. She is from the part of Australia that I am. And she’s in the stars now.My artwork makes me think of her artwork and reminds me of her.

The up and down bit in my painting is the hills near Uluru that are made of rock, and the river banks are at the bottom of my painting, they are blue. The dots are all the people walking on the land to find food.”

By Tinka Croker
Age: 5 years 3 months

Haileybury would like to sincerely thank Tinka for sharing her story with us and allowing us to share it with others.

Vision for Reconciliation

Haileybury City ELC has been committed to recognising, learning, and sharing knowledge and understandings of Aboriginal culture and ways of being since its inception in 2016.

In 2018, a Reconcilation Action Plan (RAP) working party was established, including members from all Haileybury campuses (Keysborough Campus, Brighton Campus, Berwick Campus, City Campus). These members met regularly to share ideas and research, undertake professional earning and critically reflect on progress.

Over the years our educators have taken many key steps to continue their professional development in relation to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in our Early Learning service.

Educators at City ELC will continue to critically reflect on their professional practice and seek out further learning opportunities to ensure that we are respectfully reflecting all cultures and beliefs within our program.

A special launch is hoped to be held before the end of the year, with the School and wider community.