At St Mary Multicultural ELC, we are passionate about our community as well as educating the children about it’s importance, how to connect and stay connected with our communities.
Our educators ensure to acknowledge the Indigenous people of our land [The Darug People] and we pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today. We ensure to do so by inviting our local elders in the community to come in and educate the children about the Aboriginal and Tors Trait Islander cultures, we participate in the “Welcome to the Country” program, we provide the children with opportunities to learn about and get involved in Aboriginal art/craft, story telling, making music and musical instruments as well as exposing them to the Aboriginal & TSI cultures through our daily experiences.
Some of the ways we stay connected with our community;
- Visits to our local primary schools and inviting the primary schools into our services for family information nights.
- Visits to the local library, market/ shops, museums & parks.
- Visits to our local nursing homes.
- Visits to the neighbours around the services.
- Inviting our local community services (Police/ Fire Brigade/ Ambulance officers) to our centres.
- Inviting our local librarians & council rangers to come in to our centres.
- Getting involved in fundraising campaigns such as Red Nose Day, Jeans for Genes Day, White Balloon Day, Daffodil Day, Go Blue for Autism Day, Supporting our farmers and much more.