One of the most important aspects of TGS’s approach to education is providing students the opportunity to be immersed in a diverse array of international cultures. The modern aspects of people’s daily lives, their beliefs, customs, arts, and government are all give students a more complete picture of how people live all over the world. Another very important piece of this puzzle is understanding the history of a culture: where they came from, how they established themselves, their accomplishments and their struggles. In an attempt to get a better understanding of Australian history, TGS students are visiting museums and conducting their own research. Under the guidance of TGS Global Studies teacher Andrew McLean, students will write an original essay delving into particular aspects of Australian history.
Visiting the Australian Museum gave students the opportunity to delve into the lives and history of the people of Australia, specifically the Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander people (considered to be the oldest living culture in the world). This particular exhibit is divided into a series of six themes: spirituality, cultural heritage, archaeology, family, land and social justice, demonstrating how Australia’s Indigenous cultures have adapted and survived over time.
The exhibits focused on early Australian history, and showcased early tools and artifacts including boomerangs, didgeridoos, baskets and ceremonial pieces.
This museum visit is one of two weXplore activities for Global Studies in preparation for their Aboriginal Essay assignment. Stay tuned for more on this research project in a future post.
Photography by Joel Jackson