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RALE: Real Authentic Learning Experience.

Recently, our Year 6 students enjoyed 'RALE' - a Real Authentic Learning Experience - which included curriculum links to English, Christian Studies and Humanities. Driving their learning this semester for an enduring understanding, students are considering why National Identity is important on a global scale. They have to consider:

  1. What is an Australian?
  2. How does culture shape us?
  3. What is our identity?

The students enjoyed two workshops run by external facilitators during this incursion. Hannah Roscoe, an alumni of Trinity took the students through modern manners and etiquette, integrating three driving thoughts for us to protect our identity and who we are: respect, consideration, integrity and Paul Craft, our Aboriginal Educator from Burragun Aboriginal Cultural Services brought to us the traditions of his people and a history lesson of acceptance and respect, gifting us with a traditionally crafted and painted boomerang representing the Gold Coast.

We hope you enjoy reading Year 6 student, Alexandra Kennedy's reflection of this incursion.

Hannah explained why being polite and using your manners is so important. She then taught us dining etiquette. Students went up to demonstrate where things are placed when setting the table; the knife goes on the right, the fork goes on the left, and the dessert fork and spoon go up the top. Hannah taught us a really cool trick; you can make a ‘b’ with your left hand and a ‘d’ with your right hand, so the bread and butter plate goes on the left, and the drink goes on the right. Hannah also gave us some really good advice regarding table manners. Never pick your teeth at the table, ask to be excused instead; always wait until everyone else has received their food and is sitting down before starting to eat your own (unless they say “Please start without me!”); never comment on the food, unless it is in a good way; try everything if you can; if you need to, spit out your food in a napkin, but turn away first; don’t lean across someone to get something, ask for someone to pass it, and never, NEVER raise your voice. Hannah also taught us about respecting that fact that we are all different from one another, and how you have to earn the respect of others; you don’t just get it automatically. She also taught us about being positive and being kind to everyone and we all had to find someone in the classroom we hadn’t yet met and tell them our most important qualities. For example; bravery, cleverness, loyalty, friendliness and honesty. Everyone really enjoyed the session and perhaps everyone left with a new friend or two. We then had lunch, which was spaghetti, so we really got to try out our new skills! We were all very well-behaved, so much so that the Year 11s commented on how good we are. I think this demonstrates respect because we have to use respect to be polite and it is very bad manners to not be respectful.

After lunch we headed to the Cultural Precinct to learn with a man called Paul. Paul told us a bit about what we would be doing and then called a few people up to demonstrate with him. The script went a bit like this:

Captain Cook: (Seeing the kangaroo) A giant rat?

Mrs Cook: (Seeing the Aboriginals) What is this giant rat called?

Aboriginals: (Not Understanding) Gangaroo (which means ‘I-don’t-know)

Captain Cook: (Mishearing) Oh, a kangaroo!

We all realised that we have been calling ‘Kangaroo’s’, ‘I-don’t-knows’! We all had a good laugh and then Paul taught us how to make bracelets out of straw. He also showed us a fruit that the Aboriginals used to eat. We all had a turn at looking at them and we got to keep them. A few lucky students got to have their faces painted with volcanic ash (that was hundreds of years old!) mixed with water whilst the rest of us passed some interesting things around, including jewellery used by Aboriginals and a kangaroo fur! I think this relates to community because although the Aboriginal community is very different from our community, our Australian community is what brings our different communities closer together.

This article can be downloaded and saved as a PDF file here.


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