Balnarring Kindergarten wins Victorian Early Years Award

Published on 14 November 2019

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14 November 2019

Balnarring Preschool has been awarded at the 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards in the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships category.

The awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development of young children and their families.

Earlier this year, Super Koorie Kids Bush Playgroup and Balnarring Preschool were announced as two of only three Victorian finalists in the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships category.

Balnarring Preschool was awarded for its program delivered in partnership with the Boon Wurrung Foundation, which advocates a culture of learning in natural environments and consciously connecting children to the land.

Since 2010, the organisation has been introducing First Peoples world views into its practice and community, carefully guided by Elders from the Boon Wurrung Peoples, on whose land the preschool stands.

First Peoples perspectives are now incorporated into all areas of the daily curriculum, allowing children to learn and explore the Boon Wurrung language, stories, songs and dances.

Shire Mayor Sam Hearn congratulated both finalists on their dedication to bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture to the forefront of learning for our young community.

“Congratulations to Balnarring Preschool for this well-deserved award and to Super Koorie Kids Bush Playgroup for making it to the finals.

“What an achievement for the Peninsula community to have two out of three state finalists representing our community.

“Well done to all involved and congratulations on your dedication to improving our community culture”, concluded Cr Hearn.

Winners will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to further develop their work or to undertake professional development.

Learn more about the awards and finalists at: education.vic.gov.au/veya

PHOTO: Balnarring Preschool members with the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships award at the Victorian Early Years Awards.

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