When it comes to celebrating and passing on Wiradjuri language and culture, one Griffith preschool makes it a central part of their mission.
Griffith Wiradjuri Preschool celebrated NAIDOC week this week, but for the educators and children of the early learning school, immersion in culture is an inextricable part of the daily curriculum.
"Even though we are an aboriginal preschool and we do incorporate first nation's culture everyday, I think this week we have tried to reinforce for the children to be proud to be aboriginal and to wear the aboriginal colours," Angela Kschenka, early childhood teacher said.
Among the week's activities, Griffith Wiradjri artist Cory McKenzie paid a visit to guide children through an art project which children wasted no time in diving right into.
Surrounding children in their culture from a young age is 'so important' believes Mrs Kaschenka as mainstream schooling tends not to place the same emphasis on indigenous culture.
"It's so important for our children because I believe that when they go through the schooling system, it gets lost," Mrs Kschenka said.
"So we try to embed culture into their knowledge so when they leave here, they know they are First Nation's people and they should be proud of that."
The preschool which started over 60 years ago in the Three Ways Bridge Reserve in Griffith, teaches children Wiradjuri language daily through singing songs, counting and play. This year in particular, 100% of the 45 children enrolled in the school are from indigenous families, something that the staff feel passionate about.
"For our children, if they don't get that early childhood education they go in to primary school already behind," Karen Thurston, director of the preschool for 27 years.
"It has changed a lot over the years, there are a lot more of our children that have access to daycare which is very important."