Transcript of Introduction to beyond the dots video

Transcript of Introduction to beyond the dots video

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LOUISE CHALLIS (PRINCIPAL): At Chullora Public School we have a very culturally diverse community with many different language backgrounds. We work really hard to make sure that the students feel a strong sense of belonging here at school but also some strong connections with the broader community as well. The role that the Arts Program plays in the school curriculum really is I think to enrich those developing and understandings that students are engaging within their class programs.

This year we’ve focused a lot on collaborating and that really requires them to engage with each other around you know what they think about those themes and issues, connect closely to what’s happening in their classroom teaching programs. But also most importantly connect with some of those issues that are relevant within the community.

JULIA BRENNAN: Power of the visual arts is that we can achieve cross curricular outcomes. We can also see the students working on cross curricular perspectives and priorities such as thinking critically and thinking creatively. And that can be achieved really in any way that you like in both making and appreciating.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: One of the opportunities I came across was an annual event run by the Reconciliation Council called the NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge. One of the requirements was that they create an artwork around Reconciliation and this year’s theme was ‘Always Was Always Will Be’.

So, it was really important to expose the students to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and other Australian artists, not for the purpose of copying them or recreating them but for inspiration and to increase their understanding of the cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Generally, I divide the lesson plans into four stages: there’s a research stage, the planning stage, the art making and then a reflection.

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