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Faiths and their Festivals

A key aim of education is to recognise, value and promote a positive attitude to differences, foster tolerance and develop cultural competence.

This book is designed to help by giving background information to the faiths and celebrations in our multicultural society. It looks at the beliefs and core practices of the main faiths and describes the festivals associated with them. It explains the origins of the festivals and how they are celebrated within the faith communities, and includes suggestions on how to explore them in a way that is meaningful to young children.

Ages: 5-11 years

About the Authors

Jenny Rudd O'Neill has been a teacher of English, history, drama, public speaking and debating for many years as well as working as a school librarian. She has taught in at schools country and city Australia as well as in England and the United States.

She trains students for speech competitions, teaches memoir and creative writing to adults and revels in having nine grandchildren under 10 who have sparked a special interest in primary education.

A life-long reader of everything possible, she loves theatre and historical research, particularly of Australian drama and geneology. She is a volunteer teacher of the new NSW Ethics course in primary schools.

Kay is currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has a strong background in early childhood development, learning and teaching both as a practitioner and as an academic. Her main areas of research are transition and adjustment to school, accompanied by a strong record of publications. Kay is regularly engaged in knowledge exchange activities with the education sector including teachers, educators and parents.