Bush Kinder Jamboree a success

By Shepparton News

It was the perfect day for outdoor play at the second annual Bush Kinder Jamboree last Thursday.

Organised by Save the Children and Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, the event brought more than 150 children and many families to the Crown land at Rumbalara in Mooroopna.

Children were treated to a number of activities, including drumming, damper making and plaster mould decorating.

Goulburn Murray Landcare Network and Parks Victoria staff were on hand educating the children about bugs and nature, while Bunnings showed off planting demonstrations.

Traditional Aboriginal dancing took place as well as storytelling with local elders.

Event co-ordinator Cheryl Bourke said the event was a great way to get children outside and mixing with other children.

Aunty Monica Phillips said the day was an important display of culture.

‘‘We can share part of their growing up and help them make memories,’’ she said.

Save the Children kinder director Andrea Woodward said the Bush Kinder Jamboree showcased natural play and helped build a connection with the community.

The kindergartens in attendance were Rumbalara In-Home Support Playgroup, Save the Children, Gumnuts Resort, Florina Pre-School and Daycare, Lulla’s Children and Family Centre, Knight Street Multi-Age Learning and Wyndham Early Learning.