Classes 5S and 6G

The artwork was inspired by Aboriginal artist, Bronwyn Bancroft. Students studied her work and researched her life story thus far. She uses her artwork to express her identity and history. Her use of non-traditional, bright colours are what appealed to Year 5 and 6. Bancroft uses a series of circular lines within contemporary coloured squares to express her ideas and feelings. Just as heroes come in all shapes and sizes, so too were the coloured circles painted by the students. Each square represents students’ attempts to capture their own feelings and ideas on reconciliation. The artwork relates to reconciliation in many ways. Just as reconciliation relates to the unification of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, so too did we, as a school, combine Year 5 and 6 to work collaboratively on the artwork. Students clearly identified with the well-respected athlete and ‘Homegrown Hero’, Adam Goodes. As 2014 Australian of the Year, he continues to remind Australians about taking responsibility for their own actions and the importance of stopping racism. This served as an encouragement to aspiring young students within our school.

Making a Mark

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.