The Bone Sparrow tells the story of Subhi. Subhi was born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of their homeland. They are both refugees. This is the human story behind the news stories that flash across our screens. It gives the reader an opportunity to see behind the statistics and to the feel the experience.
This book is Short Listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award in the Older Readers category. Have you read it yet?
Over 1000 Indigenous Australians fought in the First World War. They had few rights, low wages, and poor living conditions. Most Indigenous Australians could not vote and none were counted in the census. Once in the AIF, they were treated as equals. They were paid the same as other soldiers and generally accepted without prejudice.
When war broke out in 1914, many Indigenous Australians who tried to enlist were rejected on the grounds of race. By October 1917, when recruits were harder to find, restrictions were eased.
After the First World War Aboriginal ex-servicemen and women found that discrimination remained or had worsened during the war period.
Visit the Interactive Reconciliation Timeline to see more about our shared history.
In this video Ed Sheeran talks about his school years and the way life can change for you. He invites you to embrace your weirdness.
This looks like a lot of fun.
This video shows you how to make robotic arm from cardboard. It can be used for more than moving cans.
You need: cardboard, 8 syringes, an old battery, 4 tubes, pop sticks, hot glue gun and water. You could add food coloring for each piston to make it look more appealing. The video also recommends using a power drill, toothpicks and zip ties along the way.
The Mars science laboratory: Curiosity Rover is a website that presents a information about Curiosity Rover’s mission to Mars. The mission is to ‘determine the planet’s habitability’. You'll find news, images, videos, webcasts, spacecraft details, timelines, and information about Mars.
This video, published just last week, shows dust storms on Mars.
You can even send a postcard to the Curiosity Rover.
At the start of a new year it can be a great time to think about starting afresh with good digital safety practices.
Are you keeping your passwords secure and checking your geolocation?
These tips from the Children’s eSafety Commissioner will get you started:
May Gibbs is one of Australia's much loved children's authors. Her Gumnut Babies are celebrating 100 years since they first appeared in a booklet published by Angus & Robertson in December 1916. Generations of Australian children grew up with the Gumnut Babies. Did you?
Year 10 investigated the post war years in Australia and presented their findings using Powtoons.
This year's Remembrance Day marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).
Every year on Remembrance Day Australians pause their daily tasks to observe one minute’s silence at 11 am. This silence honours the memory of all who died or suffered in wars and armed conflicts.
The Flanders poppy is associated with Remembrance Day.
In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders fields at the second battle of Ypres. It is sometimes recited at Remembrance Day ceremonies.
We are learning how to ask questions and use research processes to meet and understand the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
Not sure where to start your research? Looking for research tips and strategies to point you in the right direction?
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