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Year 8 Aurora student, Zac Robertson
describes war as an explosion, an anger which
Zac‛s artwork was one of a number chosen
recently to be displayed in an Art For Peace
exhibition at the Bank Art Gallery.
Year 8 Dean, Penny Ivey, says the students
work was based around the Social Sciences
curriculum Children living through a war zone‛
and coincided with the Art For Peace exhibition.
Colour was utilised throughout the pieces to
attract viewers‛ attention.
Although working on the same theme, the
results were very different, with each student
putting their own unique spin on what living in a
war zone would mean to them.
In addition to the creative side, the students‛
words were very poignant and showed they had
a full understanding of the subject.
Josh Anderson wrote Those who are at war
with others are not at peace with themselves.‛‛
He enjoyed the experience and felt honoured
that his artwork had been
chosen to be part of the exhibition.
Charlie Stewart divided his poster in half, with
red symbolising war and yellow symbolising
I put words in the middle of each colour to
describe how people would feel,‛‛ he says.
Cassey Costigan-Noble used the same colour
wheel with red symbolising war, however, she
used silhouettes to indicate family members
Chelsea Davis created a montage to describe
the effects of war. In the centre she stated
‛War is organised murder and torture against
our brothers.‛‛ She was very proud it was
displayed in the exhibition.
All the students who participated in the activity
learnt just how diffcult it is for children to live
in a war torn country.
Not all countries are the best place to live,‛‛
There is a lot going on that we don‛t know
Art For Peace Exhibition,
This year a resilience program has been included as part of the school curriculum.
My Friends Youth Resilience Program, developed by Queensland University Professor
Paula Barrett was implemented this term.
Year 10 Dean, Brent Tagomoa, says the inclusion is a directive from Prime Minister
John Key and the program aims to help students understand their feelings and build
A cluster of teachers have been trained to deliver the program,‛‛ says Brent. It
teaches students to build skills for happy relationships and to be mindful of others.‛‛
Although he is new to Aurora, Tyler McKay has
taken up the opportunity offered to him, through
both his Agriculture class and the Gateway
program, to work on a dairy farm.
Tyler spends Thursday on the Waimatua dairy
farm and helps
out with several
and rolling up
enjoy all the
a farm,‛‛ he
Although a number of cows are still being milked
in the wintering shed, most are now in their drying
off spell, so Tyler says the farm is a bit quieter.
This is the time when maintenance is done, prior
to calving in August,‛‛ he says.
Within the Agriculture class Tyler also learns
about sheep and chickens and recently watched a
documentary on how animals were dealt with prior
to all the new technology used today.
As part of the practical portion of their studies,
the class will soon be taking on the task of caring
for baby chickens.
Tyler says he and his step-father built a chicken
coop for his chicks and he has had to carry out
some research before they arrive.
We have to know how much to feed them at their
age and how to care for them.‛‛
We also need to know what temperature the light
in the coop needs to be,‛‛ he says.
Each chick will be fed different grains and they
will be weighed daily and kept in the classroom for
Tyler who comes from a family of sheep farmers
says he is enjoying the opportunities he has been
offered through Aurora and would like to further
his farming ambitions when he fnishes high
Known for her research in child psychology,
Paula is a leading researcher
in the feld of treating and preventing
anxiety and depression in children and
As the Founding Director of Pathways Health
and Research Centre in
Brisbane, Paula is also known for publishing
the FRIENDS programs which
are used to treat anxiety, OCD, depression
Her program encourages healthier and more
rewarding lifestyles by building
strengths and positive actions in individuals
and families, rather than focusing
on defcits and problems.
Students work within a group setting with
activities aimed at facilitating the
learning of effective coping skills to
encourage resilience in the modern world.
The workbooks help students to refect and
consider their individual needs
and unique circumstances.
The students are enjoying the experience
and Brent hopes the program will
create life-long learners‛.
Back Left to Right: Zac Robertson, Cassey Costigan-Noble, Briearn Shields-Eade
Front Left to Right: Chelsea Davis, Charmaine Morphus, Josh Anderson
Christabel Collett and Nikki Birch
Senior Catering students preparing work for an internal assessment.
These students are tutored in commercial kitchens and catering skills in the school‛s
commercial kitchen by SIT staff. One day per week is devoted solely to this class.
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