Posted in Australian history, Reconciliation

Reconciliation Week – Let’s take the next steps

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey.

NRW is held from 27 May to 3 June each year. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, NRW is bookended by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:

  •  27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census.
  •  3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

Reconciliation Week: 26/5/15 BTN story

This Years Theme

N.R.W has a different theme each year – the 2017 theme is ‘Let’s take the next steps’. As we reflect and commemorate two significant anniversaries of reconciliation in Australia, we look to take the next steps together in our national reconciliation story.

The theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’ reflects the nature of our Nation’s reconciliation journey so far, and looks forward, taking the next steps in this continuous journey. Earmarked by the two key anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo Decision. In reflecting on and discussing taking the next steps it is important to acknowledge and discuss the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reconciliation in Australia.

Answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

You will need to do some further research to answer some of the questions.

1. What does reconciliation mean?

2. Why do you think Reconciliation Australia chose this theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2017?
3. Does the poster effectively communicate a message about reconciliation? Why/why not?
4. What was the significance of the 1967 Referendum and what is the significance of its 50th anniversary in 2017?
5. What wast the significance of the 1992 Mabo decision, and what is the significance of its 25th anniversary in 2017?
6. What are some other significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey, and why is it important to commemorate these milestones?
7. What do you think some of the next milestones could or should be in Australia’s reconciliation journey and why? What might be your “next step” towards advancing reconciliation in Australia—as an individual, as a class, as a school and as a community?

Create your own National Reconciliation Week poster: Create your own poster based on the theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’. It is important to choose the right images, layout, size and quantity of text, colour and composition for effective communication and to grab your audiences attention. When creating your poster, consider what the purpose of the poster is, who the audience might be, and why certain images and text have been included in the poster.

Posted in Australian history, History

The Gallipoli Story

BTN story 28/4/15 – The Gallipoli Story

  1. How many Australian soldiers fought at Gallipoli?
  2. Describe the plan that Britain came up with to defeat Germany.
  3. Which area did Britain want to take control of?
  4. Where in Turkey were Australian and New Zealand soldiers sent in?
  5. The Gallipoli campaign became a stalemate. What does that mean?
  6. What happened at the Battle of Lone Pine?
  7. What was a `drip rifle’ and how did it help Australian soldiers?
  8. How long did the Gallipoli campaign last?
  9. What do you understand more clearly since watching the Gallipoli story?
Posted in Australian history

Reconciliation Week

WHAT? We are learning about the importance of Reconciliation Week

WHY? This will help us understand an important historical event that has helped shape Australia as a Nation

HOW? I’ll be able to put in my best efforts to answer the questions below about Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week. Do you know what that is? Watch this 1 min clip for an introduction about reconciliation week 2016.

Watch this BTN episode from last year about Reconciliation Week. Record key information in your books as you watch it and then post your answers to the questions below.

BTN episode 26/5/2015 – Reconciliation Week

Key Questions

    1. When is Reconciliation Week?
    2. Why is it important?
    3. What is reconciliation?
    4. How were Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders previously treated?
    5. In the video what language are the kids learning? Do some research to find out how many indigenous languages are spoken in Australia today.  Click on this link to view an interactive map of indigenous languages in Australia.                  Click here for more statistics about Aboriginal languages in Australia. What did you find out?
    6. List 3 ways you think Australia could become a more equal and accepting place.
    7. What can we do to celebrate Reconciliation Week? List at least 2 sugestions.
Posted in Australian history, Government

What is Democracy?

What? We a learning to understand what Democracy is.

Why? This will help us to understand Australia’s form of government.

How? I will be able to show my best efforts at recording key information and answer the questions.

  1. Before you watch the BtN story, record what you know about democracy.
  2. What happened in ancient Greece that led to people wanting a say in decision making?
  3. The word `democracy’ comes from which two words?
  4. Monarchies became popular in the Middle Ages. Explain what a monarchy is.
  5. Why was Magna Carta an important document?
  6. In Australia we have something called a ________________ democracy.
  7. Who represents us in parliament?
  8. Give an example of another form of government.
  9. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?
  10. What questions do you still have? (How could you find the answers to your questions?)

BTN episode – What is Democracy?

Take a look at this fun and engaging infographic, The Story of Our Freedom, to get a picture of the origins of democracy and how it has influenced our rights and freedoms today.

Copy and paste the questions into word to answer and then post your completed answers as a comment below.

Posted in Australian history, Government

Federation of Australia

BTN 18/3/2014 – Federation 

  1. Discuss the BtN Federation story with partner and record the main points of your discussion.
  2. Before Federation, Australia was divided into six separate ______________.
  3. Which other country might have been part of Australia?
  4. Who was Henry Parkes?
  5. What was his famous speech about?
  6. Why were initial attempts to become a Federation rejected?
  7. What role did Alfred Deakin play in Australia becoming a Federation?
  8. In what year did Australia become a nation?
  9. Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister?
  10. How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants?
Posted in Australian history, History

Remembrance Day

Do you know what Remembrance Day is?

Why do you think Remembrance Day is important?

Remembrance day BTN episode

There are many customs and traditions on Remembrance Day. Do you know what they are?

The music played on the day holds great significance, click on the links below to listen to The Rouse and The Last Stand and answer the questions with a partner.


The Rouse

How did listening to the Rouse make you feel?

During Remembrance Day commemorations when is the Rouse sounded?

Why is it called the “rouse”?

What does the Rouse symbolise?



The Last Post

How did listening to the Last Post make you feel?

What does it signify?

How does the timing of the Last Post differ from the Rouse?





Posted in Australian history, Government

Federation & Constitution

We will be examining the difference between Federation and the Australian Constitution.

To do this you will be split up into two groups, one group will be learning about Federation (pages 1 and 2) and the other group about the Constitution (pages 3 and 4).

Click the link below to open the document with all the information you require.

Get Parliament

Short clips with information about The Constitution and Federation of Australia;

Snapshots – The constitution (P.E.O website 2.29 clip)
Snapshots – Australian Federation  (P.E.O website 2.39 clip)

After you have finished reading you need to click on the link below and read the eight activities included for your unit. In your group you will decide who is going to complete which activity. At least 6 activities must be completed and you may have two people completing some activities. You need to discuss as a group how you are going to present your work so that when you bring it all together you are able to present as a group. You will be presenting your work in front of the class.

Federation          The Constitution

I can’t wait to see what you can do. You have two hours to complete this work. Good luck. 🙂

Interactive Quiz about The Constitution