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This term the Year 6 students have been learning about the history of migration and the impact on people’s lives. While some researched more recent lesser-known migrants, others looked at others who would be familiar to all; others still took the opportunity to interview older generational family members of their life story. This experience culminated with a ‘live museum’ showcasing their extensive learning. Each student presented their research as a live characterisation to the visiting classes, staff, and parents throughout the day. Thank you to all the Year 6 parents who were able to take time out of their day to visit this museum.

As part of this experience, students were dressed as their migrant, presented a one-minute monologue, and shared their bespoke display. The Year 6 teachers have been teaching these skills in class through Humanities and Social Sciences and English. This proved to be a wonderful exploration and representation of the diversity and richness of Australian culture. It was quite evident just how much our migrant community have led large-hearted contributions on all levels of our society, from the political, sporting, and culinary arenas to name but a few. It was particularly moving to see how some students were able to research and share their own family migratory story.

This migration unit promotes harmony and inclusion. Storytelling is a powerful way to understand our intrinsic interconnectedness. We are all children of God as one shared humanity. Pope Francis expressed in Humana Communitas (The Human Community) that “Our shared humanity demands a global approach to the questions raised by the dialogue between diverse cultures and societies.” At its heart, Ignatian spirituality is a humanism that prizes learning from other cultures, seeks common ground between people, and defends the human dignity of all.

We are at our best as a school community, and as a society at large, when we honour and celebrate the rich tapestry of our shared humanity.

Nic Boys
Head of Junior School

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