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Our community of 3 to 5-year-old children recently took part in a Smoking Ceremony, a traditional Indigenous practice guided by local Traditional Owners of Larrakia country. This ceremonial event not only marked the beginning of the school year, but also provided a profound opportunity for our young learners to connect with, and appreciate the rich culture of Indigenous traditions.

The Smoking Ceremony involved the burning of native plants to produce smoke, signifying a cleansing and purification process. The children, with their curiosity and openness, engaged eagerly with the swirling smoke and listened attentively as the Traditional Owners explained the cultural significance of the ceremony. This hands-on experience allowed our little ones to not only witness a unique cultural tradition, but also gain a deeper understanding of the importance of respecting nature and embracing the rituals that hold significance in various communities.

The children's participation in the Smoking Ceremony was enjoyed with enthusiasm, and a genuine interest in learning about different cultures. Their ability to connect with the ceremony showcased the importance of early exposure to diverse traditions and the positive impact it can have on fostering cultural awareness.

Michelle Shaw
Head of Early Learning Centre