Every year we are both fortunate and privileged to welcome Murrindindi into the Kindergarten for three days. Murrundindi is the Elder of the Wurundjeri clan from the Healesville area.

Murrundindi explores culture, identity, language and traditions with each group, sharing stories and the history of his culture. He engages the children in authentic activities such as using ochre to paint traditional symbols, exploring the art of weaving, cooking damper and tea, playing Indigenous games and making an Aboriginal flag.

The children look at a number of artefacts and are taught some words from the Wurundjeri language. They learn the Indigenous names of their Kindergarten groups as well as new ways to wish each other “good morning”, “enjoy our meal” and ”see you later”.

A highlight of Murrindindi’s visit is the smoking ceremony. Murrindindi lights the sacred fungus and dances and sings around our meeting tree.