NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK AT THE PRIMARY CAMPUS
Classes from Reception to Year 6 have been very busy this year in engaging in various actions in class and the school grounds to celebrate Indigenous culture and history.
Beginning on 27 May, the campus learned about National Sorry Day in class. Year 2 students responded to a Clickview video by making National Sorry Day posters on the ‘Sketches’ app which were very diverse and colourful.
As a part of the Aboriginal Cultural Residency Program, this is our third year of engaging with special visitor, Martin Pascoe, to co-create learning with a select year level about cultural perspectives and relationship with an Indigenous Australian. Martin has been working with the Year 4 classes on film-making techniques and exploring issues such as identity, resilience and cultural survival. We look forward to seeing some of their films after the seven week program has concluded.
Martin has also been working with our Aboriginal students and Ms Tyrwhitt on cultural expressions, podcasting and making a film for a personalised, site specific “Acknowledgement of Country”.
Indigenous focus in the art room has taken the form of Rarrk style painting with Receptions, Year 3 Tjanpi Desert Weaving and Year 6 Sketches National Reconciliation Week posters.
Reception classes shared some of their discovery learning through play in conversation and actions. Click here to read this article.
To view the Receptions ‘Acknowledgement of Country’, please click here.
It is very encouraging to see all year levels getting involved in National Reconciliation Week and see that we are delivering in our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Ms Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher – Primary
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK 2021 – SMC@78
The theme of Reconciliation Week “More than a Word. Reconciliation takes Action”, galvanised some of the Primary Campus Leaders into action.
In the lead up to the week, some of the Primary Campus Leaders have organized ‘The Great Book Swap’ to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. All students and staff have been encouraged to bring a book and for a gold coin donation they can swap this book for a new one. Some students find it too hard to part with their precious books so have been donating a gold coin and purchasing new ones. We are hoping to raise $150 and on our first day we raised $40 so we’re a third of the way there!
Why books and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation?
Ex AFL player, Adam Goodes, believes in the power of reading, and in an interview last year he spoke about the work of the indigenous Literacy Foundation, “I’ve been visiting community centers and schools for 20+ years and what I’ve seen is that kids are kids, they want to learn. They learn from experiences, they ask questions when they don’t know something. That to me is the confidence you get from learning new words, and something I definitely took for granted growing up.”
Where and how do we get the power of words? From reading.
I am proud of the action that the Primary Campus Leaders have taken, with special mention to Jeremy, Nikola and Oliver who really got this initiative off the ground. Their actions speak louder than words!
If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking here.
Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary
NRW MAKING CONNECTIONS: YEAR 4 VISUAL ART
At the Art Gallery
“I wonder how the artist made this?” “How many sets of eyes can you see?” “What happened after this?” These are some of the questions posed to Year 4 students at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The students and teachers explored the Elder Wing of Australian Art and The Melrose Wing of International Art on Monday afternoon. It was here that our group observed, pondered, and discussed the materials, historical significance, social context and artistic techniques within the permanent collection.
Many of the works related to our students’ current focus on Indigenous Art to compliment their program with Martin Pascoe, National Reconciliation Week and studies in Term 3. Ryan Presley’s “Blood Money – Infinite Dollar Note – Uncle Stephen Gadlabarti Goldsmith Commemorative” from a series of water colours, was a particularly popular artwork with the students.
Connecting to a prominent West Australian Artist
Earlier in the term, Year 4 students learned about the art of Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. He is a significant young artist in Australia and his works are often described as being of a “magical realism” theme. The artworks that the students produced in response to his works were in drawn form and in 3D design. They were very impressive and engaging. This motivated Ms Tyrwhitt to send a movie slide show of selected artworks and create a Flipgrid Mixtape to the artist and his gallery in WA.
The artist and gallery were very impressed and happy to receive the students’ artworks and wrote an email back. Abdul-Rahman even made a personalized video message to the young artists which Ms Tyrwhitt shared in the art class. Experiences like this bring the life and works of artists closer to the students and equally inspire the artists that their works are having an impact on people of all ages.
To view the Flipgrid Mixtape please click here.
To view the video of student artwork please click here.
PODCASTING – SMC@78
Since the beginning of the year, a group of Year 5 students have gone outside their comfort zones and learnt how to create professional podcasts. This has been a joint project with James Meston from ARCH D Radio and Podcast who each fortnight has been taking our students through their paces.
In the finest Lasallian tradition of “don’t do anything for a student they can do for themselves”, students have been challenged to be original, creative and technical. The podcast topics, questions, artwork , music and blurbs have all been created by the students . The first of our episodes have now dropped and can be listened to wherever you get your podcasts.
Our students have been the youngest to undertake this first level of podcasting and I believe we have uncovered some new talent. We continue our podcast journey as we begin level one with a new group of Year 6 students and a few of the Year 5’s will continue with level two. As we grow in expertise, we hope that podcasting will become a regular feature of school life and we know that we are fortunate to have a great space to learn and amazing equipment to develop our skills with.
In our first two episodes, Year 5 students Finn and Gurshaan try to discover what they would do if they were teleported to a desert in ‘Teleported to a Random Place’, while Frank and Charlie talk about the ‘Drawing from a Squiggle’ game in their podcast. Check out these episodes via your favourites podcast platform below:
Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary