Summerhill Park Kindergarten recognises that children’s connection to their community is essential to their sense of belonging, and that kindergarten plays a key role in cultivating relationships within the wider community. Over the past two years, the kindergarten Committee of Management has identified the need for the kindergarten to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families living in the local area— and that this relationship building is a priority for our service.
Summerhill Park Kindergarten now has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) — launched during NAIDOC Week 2014. One of the first steps in creating the RAP was to endorse a RAP vision statement for the kinder.
Vision: Our vision is to visibly respect and acknowledge the unique connection that Aboriginal people have to the land on which our kindergarten is situated and to build genuine, respectful relationships with all children and families who attend our service.
Values: Summerhill Park Kindergarten values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture and the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities can make to the kindergarten and wider community.
Objectives: We are committed to; gaining a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and learning; reflecting that knowledge at all levels of our service; improving access to our service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families and developing genuine, respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities for the benefit of all children and families in our kindergarten community.
SPK engaged with Reconciliation Australia – www.reconciliation.org.au – for guidance and support on the development of the RAP.
For further information on the development of Summerhill Park Kindergarten’s Reconciliation Action Plan, please contact our RAP Officer via email RAP@summerhillparkkinder.org.au