Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah, Member for Higgins, with Principal Marc Light, Director of the ELC Marina, and teacher Amy, play with children at a table. They are celebrating the official opening of Gan Chitah, the new ELC room.

Gan Chitah officially opened

We were delighted to welcome Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah MP, Member for Higgins, to officially open our Gan Chitah room at our Early Learning Centre this week. Chitah (wheat) is the seventh ELC room to be named after the seven species (wheat, barley, dates, grapes, pomegranates, olives and figs) which play an important role in Jewish customs and traditions.

Dr Ananda-Rajah applauded our educators as ‘social engineers’, critical in the overall development of young children. Both her and Marc Light talked about the importance of neuroscience-informed education that occurs at our ELC. Dr Ananda-Rajah spent some time in Gan Chitah modelling clay into osnei haman (hamantaschen) with the children as they continue to prepare for Purim.