Issue (12) – 2010

Summer Times

Aboriginal Culture in Summer Hill

Prior to the arrival of the First Fleet in Port Jackson in 1788, the area of land we now know as Summer Hill, and surrounding areas, was the home of the Wangal and Cadigal Aboriginal peoples. What is now called the Hawthorne Canal (was originally the Long Cove River) appears to have marked the boundary between the Cadigal and Wangal Aboriginal group lands. Today there is a small park in Summer Hill called Cadigal Reserve, located at 1-4 Grosvenor Crescent. A bronze Plaque placed by Ashfield Council names the reserve after the Cadigal (Eora) group of Koori people. Iron Cove and the mangrove-lined estuaries of the Long Cove and Iron Cove Creeks would have provided a good source of fish and molluscs, the most common food of the coastal tribes in the Sydney basin. In the early days of the colony, the stretch of land between Iron Cove and the Cook’s River was known as the Kangaroo Ground. The use of this name suggests that kangaroos were then common in this area and therefore that the country was probably fairly open and that kangaroos may have formed part of the Aboriginal diet. No record is known to exist relating to the demise of the Aboriginal population from the district. It seems likely that the well-documented outbreak of smallpox among local Aboriginal People in early 1789 had a major impact. Governor Phillip not only recorded that half of the local aboriginal population was estimated to have died from the disease but also noted that the Aboriginal people always “retired from where the disease appeared” as well.

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Kid’s Literacy & Language Skills

Singing is an important part of literacy and language development. Singing demonstrates a different use of the voice from either conversation or reading. The good thing about singing to small children is that they don’t care whether you can sing well or not, they love it! Singing helps children to learn about rhythm and rhyme which is foundational in learning mathematical concepts. You can use simple instruments i.e shakers and rattles or even clapping to help them learn about rhythm. Songs can also be used to learn about emotions and feelings and to calm down or pep up children.

For children, play is work. Little brains are charging along building new synapse with every new experience and the more they repeat it, the stronger it becomes. Finger plays and rhymes help children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. Think of ‘Incy, Wincy Spider’ and how much concentration goes into getting the spider up the water spout. Finger plays also reinforce the learning of simple physical concepts, counting and names of body parts etc as well as learning how language works in a fun way.

Baby Rhyme Time is at SHARE before and after school care (135 Smith Street Summer Hill) every Tuesday at 10:30am excluding school and public holidays.

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