As a nation we are increasingly developing our relationships with our nearest neighbours, the countries of Asia. The importance of these relationships has been reflected in the Australian Curriculum, where one of the key cross curriculum priorities is Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia. This is seen as a key context for learning in all areas of the curriculum. and is included for students to understand Australia’s extensive engagement with Asia in social, cultural, political, and economic spheres.
Many Asian nations are growing rapidly and will increasingly become regionally and globally influential. An understanding of Asia underpins the capacity of Australian students to be active and informed global citizens, and we are aware that many of our students will travel to, or possibly work in these countries in the very near future.
To end the school year, we have offered the Year 8 & 9 students a different type of learning experience that embraces this cross curriculum priority. Our aim was to allow our students to develop knowledge and understanding of Asian societies and cultures through an immersion type program.
Monday 5 December began with a brief assembly where our students were welcomed on their Asian Adventure by tour guides Mrs Sotira and Mrs Tatarelli. Students were divided into their official tour groups: Chinese Dragon, Monkey, Elephant, Tiger, Snake and Panda to begin their 2 day of adventures. They were issued with their passports and began their Asian Adventure. On Monday groups were involved in cooking an amazing array of Asian food with the Home Economics Staff, learnt about Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting, played Jianzi ( a traditional Asian game in which players aim to keep a heavily weighted shuttlecock in the air using their feet and other parts of the body), meditated with volunteers from Buddha House, created friendship bands using Chinese knotting techniques, learnt the story of Peace Park in Hiroshima and made their own origami paper cranes. At each venue the girls had their passport stamped to show their journey around Asia.
On Tuesday the tour continued as the students who hadn’t cooked or completed calligraphy on Monday completed this activity. They also learnt the skills of Japanese Taiko Drumming, painted the most stunning Chinese Masks, Bollywood danced and relaxed with a peaceful Tai Chi session. The girls had a wonderful and action filled 2 days and I thank all the staff for their contribution and support and to the girls, thank you for your active involvement in all the activities.
Director of Curriculum