Doomadgee children get school ready on Country
In Doomadgee, in far northwestern Queensland, the five-year-olds can’t wait to start school in 2022. They’ve been practicing their drawing, listening, letters and numbers thanks to Save the Children’s
Connected Beginnings program.
Last month, Save the Children took the children and their families on Country in preparation for their next year at school. It’s a trip the staff have undertaken every year with the children due to enter school, and the one they look forward to the most.
Dumaji Child and Family Centre Team Leader Cyantha Hookey explains the camp is a highlight for both parents and children alike. “This was our first camp back since 2019, because COVID-19 restrictions didn’t allow us to hold one last year. We had about 30 people from six families come for the weekend, with plenty of activities for everyone.”
“We left on Friday at lunch and got over to Adels Grove in the evening. We had activities for the children in the morning and afternoon, with plenty of free time for them to explore as well.
“We’re working with them to improve their school-ready skills, so we did activities like paintings on T-shirts, reading books, using pens and pencils and scissors, counting, and music and rhythm games.”
There was plenty of time for families to bond over the upcoming milestone, with cruising, canoeing and boating also part of the weekend activities.