At the beginning of the Changemaker Journey, Cherrilee described tokenistic responses to Reconciliation unacceptable. Often in schools and kindergartens, educating about Reconciliation is teacher initiated and Cherrilee noticed a lack of community or parent interest. She believes in a school where there is a welcoming culture of reconciliation through acknowledgement and respect for the traditional custodians of the land on which kids are learning.
After surveying other early learning sites in her partnership of schools and discovering that none of the other early learning centres had or were developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, Cherilee decided to proactively take an authentic response to Reconciliation through developing one for her kindergarten Reconciliation Action Plan collaboratively.
She tested parental interest through inviting parents to participate in the kindergarten’s Reconciliation Day celebrations. Those that came shared stories and songs, contributing to the day.
Cherrilee then invited parents to a Parent Morning Tea to discuss the past, present and future response to Reconciliation, outlining a way forward and inviting parents to join a task force to lead and generate the process.
At the time of the final Changemaker workshop, the parent task force, being lead by one parent volunteer, had taken the Reconciliation Action Plan away to review the proposed approaches and the team plans to regroup in Term 4 to discuss the next steps.
Three parents are engaging with the task force to date, and the team looks forward to reviewing their impact in a few months time once the initiative has had time to seed.
“A parent named Shari has volunteered to take a lead in the project. She has recently graduated from a Law degree and is keen to take the idea to the next stage. She is currently visiting other sites in the community who have Reconciliation Action Plans in place. In Term 4 she will lead a meeting to take us through the process of generating our action plan.”
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Cherrilee would love your support for Reconciliation; A Parent Partnership, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to email@example.com if you want to get in touch with Cherrilee and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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