The grade 5 participated in project based learning around the topic of ‘Social Justice for First Australians’.They used the 6Ds approach (Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, Debrief) to develop understandings around the issue. The inquiry approach involved using video, questioning, art work and group discussions.
They then used photography to express their own ideas and opinions around the topic.They looked at other photography to inspire their own ideas. They considered where they would take the photos, what objects or items would be their their photos and what angels they would shoot from.
Once they took the photos they edited them to enhance the images in ways that would help get their message across.
Take a look at some of the results.
By Jesse and Charlie
We are Charli and Jess and we feel it is important to be able to express yourself.
The photo is about feeling trapped and stripped of your rights. You feel like you have no choices. The person can’t explore and express their own culture. This is how First Australians would have felt after European settlement, and some still feel today.
BY Jacob, Paul and levi
The shadows in our photo represent connection with the land and with each other, the same way First Australians honour those relationships. Our shadows represent how people are linked with land and that we should respect land in the same way The Aboriginal culture show us this.
By Mia and Simone
We question the fairness of our Australian History. We want to get other people wondering about this too.
We question, how fair were settlers to Indigenous Australians, and how fair are we today? Do we acknowledge their rights? Have we acted responsibly towards the first owners of this land? Our photo presents the word ‘FAIR’ using twigs that come from this land, just like the First Australian People.
Gate to Opportunity
By Lily and Juan
We think everyone should have the opportunity to reach their goals. No one should take that right away.
Our photo shows a gate open with the hashtag “#First Australians Matter”. It represents opening the gate to opportunities for ALL Australians. We wanted to remind everyone that First Australians should have the same rights and chances to reach their goals.
BY Kahn and Sophie
Messages of Music
We think music is a great way to tell stories and send a message. We love to listen to many types of music.
We wanted to acknowledge the sound of the didgeridoo because it sounds like nature. Music is a beautiful way to share personal stories and messages. The didgeridoo was used by Indigenous Australians to tell their stories.
BY Chantal and harris
We represent equality and balance in the rights of first Australians. We acknowledge that the past has been unfair, but we think the future of all Australians should be more considerate of the rights of Aboriginal Peoples. This includes rights to education, jobs, health and expression. Our photo illustrates that no matter which Australian you are, we all deserve the same opportunities.
By Jhett and Shanish,
We think everybody matters no matter what you look like or how you live your life.
We respect and love different cultures and different people. Anyone in need should get the help they deserve. Our photo shows we should treat people the right the way we want to be treated that they want to be treated. We chose this idea because we all matter and we care about everyone.
By Sinead and jade
We would hate to feel like we are tied down and not feel free. Freedom is everyone’s right.
The tree is tied up to show how it would feel if you are treated unfairly and if your freedom has been taken away. Taking away someone’s freedom by taking their right to express their culture is like being tied up. Have we tied up the culture of Aboriginal people?
Ben and Ryan
Finding The Light
We think if you work hard enough you can find your way to reach your goals.
Our photos shows sometimes things don’t go your way. Everything might seem hard. But if you keep on trying, eventually you find the light. Our photo shows how social justice can happen for everyone if we keep on working towards this goal.
Jack and ryan
Room for Two
We are Ryan and Jack, and we think our country is a big place. So let’s include everyone.
Our photo is showing both the newer Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag overlapping together. We think they both belong equally. So we placed them on top of each other, showing we value them the same.
Jeron, Zac and Lachlan
Let Me Be Me
We are Jeron, Zac and Lachlan, and we know what it feels like to have your belongings taken away from you.
Our photo shows the frustration of not being able to express yourself. The hand wants to open and be free, but it is being held down. It is being oppressed. We used a red stocking to trap the hand to represent the anger you feel when you can’t do what you really want to.
Karah and shaylee
We think it is important to connect with nature so we can understand more about ourselves.
Respect nature and it will respect you. The First Australians were connected with the land, and respected it. Our photo encourages people to connect with nature, and respect it too. The Indigenous Australian culture can teach us to do this.
William and remi
Lock and Key to Justice
We believe we can open the lock to a better future and everyone can help to do this.
We think that we can unlock a better future for The First Australians. Our photo shows that we all hold the key to making a fair and equal future. We are not far from this goal, so let’s keep reaching to unlock a fair tomorrow for everyone.
BY sanjeeth and Jake C
We try to live a balanced life, so we make choices after looking at our options and think about the consequences.
Things work better when there is a balance. Our photo represents looking at issues from both sides. It’s about being fair and treating each other equally. We should make choices that keep a balance in how all people are treated, and in nature.
Students please reflect on the following:
What are some issues you believe are important around the topic of ‘Social Justice For First Australians’?
What is the message in your photo and how did you achieve it?
How did you edit your photo to enhance it?