This term, students are learning about the history of the Australian people: the accomplishments and the challenges, the positives and the “uncomfortable truths.” To continue their studies in this area, TGS students visited the Museum of Sydney. During their visit to the museum, they were exposed to a time when not all residents of Australia had the same rights. The Museum of Sydney exhibit, “From Little Things Big Things Grow,” focuses on the period between 1920-1970, highlighting the courageous individuals who fought for the rights of all Australians. While this may be a painful period in Australia’s history, it is important to have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the culture and people.
Scott, Chief Guide at the Museum of Sydney, talking with Charis
Alex, Pema and Yada work on an activity designed to guide them through the exhibit
Megan completing the exhibit activity sheet
Students have been tasked with concatenating the information they’ve gleaned from museum visits, their library research and what they’ve discovered using online resources. All of this information will come together in an exploratory essay on Australia’s history, a major writing project testing their research skills as well as their ability to synthesize information, and analyze what they’ve learned.
Students are to choose one area of focus among the following subject areas: the impact of British Colonization on Indigenous Australians including such issues as land disputes, dispossession and frontier wars; the experiences of the Stolen Generations (the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian government agencies and church missions); or the role of Land Rights and Native Title (an effort by the Australian government to return certain land to Indigenous communities) in the struggle for rights and freedoms. The final assignments will be shared and discussed in Spot.
Photography by Joel Jackson