Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Illustrations of practice

What happens when cultures collide?


Margate Primary School is a government school located south of Hobart on the traditional lands of the Palawa People. The school has an enrolment of 490 students, of whom 7% are Aboriginal.

This HASS illustration of practice shows how staff and Grades 3 and 4 students explore the impact of colonisation on Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples through key questions including How is language important? and What happens as a culture revives?

OI 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies have many Language Groups.

OI5: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing

OI6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples live in Australia as first peoples of Country or Place and demonstrate resilience in responding to historic and contemporary impacts of colonisation.

Critical and Creative Thinking (Level 3)

  • Inquiring – identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas | Organise and process information | collect, compare and categorise facts and opinions found in a widening range of sources

Intercultural Understanding (Level 3)

  • Interacting and empathising with others | Emphathise with others | imagine and describe the feelings of others in a range of contexts

HASS (Year 3 and 4)

Knowledge and Understanding | History (Year 3)

Knowledge and Understanding | History (Year 4)

  • The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) (ACHASSK083)

The nature of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example, people and environments (ACHASSK086)

In what ways has the learning about local Aboriginal language and culture provided authentic opportunities to enhance writing for students?

How has the staff ensured that they provide a safe environment for students where all students have a sense of belonging and identity?

In what ways does the whole school approach taken by the school support teachers to improve their practice?



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