Welcoming Reconciliation within an ELC context

Presenters: Kate Mount, Kirsty Porplycia and Kaurna Elder Tamaru

Date: Monday 7 June 2021

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (AEST)


Category: Event

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Program Description

A sense of welcome is a value in education that many of us would declare that we consider and aspire to uphold. Do we give ourselves pause to reflect on the critical nature of welcome and what this entails? Is it a taken-for-granted practice that we assume is being realised to its full potential?

These webinars will expose participants to some big ideas alongside inspiring and current practice-based research that will invigorate current understandings of the impact of the pedagogy of welcome.

What does it mean to welcome, and how this enacts out values and beliefs? 

What and whom do we welcome? What does that look and feel like?

Do we welcome difference, discomfort, multiple perspectives?

How do reciprocal relationships shape identity and culture?

How might the consideration of welcome support the work required for inclusion and reconciliation? 

As we consider the potential impact and learnings for education in response to recent global events, engaging in this series will allow us to reflect on our environments and move from conversation to action.

This webinar highlights an inspirational ongoing story from practice where the important concept of Welcome has become a focus of pedagogical research.

Over a period of time the act of Reconciliation has been explored in the daily life at St Peter’s Girls’ Early Learners’ Centre. Partnering with Kaurna Elder, Tamaru, the team have delved into how to address this complex area with the community.

Carefully selected rituals have been embedded to support understandings of our Mother Country and culture. These rituals promote the use and understanding of language and promote positive actions every day as acts of Welcome.

How do we establish a welcoming community utilising an effective RAP?

What practices have been developed to support this?

How are the team supported to build on their existing understandings?

This webinar will explore some of the practical implementations alongside some of the challenges faced. Footage of Tamaru working side by side with educators, children and families will be shared as an invitation for participants to reflect on their own journey.

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