This week our Year 9’s travelled into the city for 3 days to explore our beautiful city, Melbourne. The students were clearly excited to be leaving the school grounds and to be in a different environment with their friends for the week.
During their explore program, students participated in the following:
- A visit to ACMI ‘The Story of the Moving Image’ Exhibition, a journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories.
- An Economy tour, exploring the city centre and the economic journey from our traditional owners to colonisation to the gold rush to war and affluence to today’s global economy.
- A Graffiti tour led by a street artist star which led our students on an educational journey through Melbourne’s laneways.
- In the Most Liveable City Walk, through storytelling, students realised the strength of diversity in building a healthy city, especially in light of the events of 2020.
- The Scavenger Hunt involved students solving a number of clues to help them navigate their way around the city.
- Finally, students participated in some Cultural Discovery activities, where they explored the areas around Lonsdale St, Chinatown and the Statues in and around the State Library
It was clear by the end of each day that the full day of collaborating, wayfinding and stimulation had taken its toll on the students, as they looked extremely tired and happy to get back on the bus. It was wonderful to see all our students eager to participate in the program and have the opportunity to learn more about Melbourne.
Thank you to the coordinators Ms Sarah Smith, Mr Wayne Griffin and the many staff who dedicated the day to supervising and checking in with our students. Thank you to all of our students who behaved responsibly throughout, we hope you learnt plenty and enjoyed your time in the city. ~ Ms Rebecca Kosach, Middle School Leader
“On Tuesday, my group learnt about the homeless population, and assumptions that are often made. After having lunch, we explored Chinatown and looked at statues of importance, such as Mathew Flinders, John Batman, Charles Swanston, and Robert Hoddle. While doing this, we answered quizzes that questioned us about what we had learnt. It was truly a fun day.” ~ Josh L
“From the 14th to 16th of June, the year 9 students went to the city for our explore program. We had a good balance of guided tours and self-run activities throughout the 3 days, including a graffiti tour, scavenger hunt, visiting ACMI and an economy tour. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot while also having a lot of fun with my friends.” ~ Emma G