CAS ProjectsHighlights of projects undertaken in 2014
NAIDOC week 2014
During Assembly this week, four members of the Indigenous Events Group; (Stirling Hall-Pearce, Jye Eason-Coutts, George Korenevski, and Riley Charles), spoke about the 2014 National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week, which was held earlier this month from the 6th to the 13th of July. This organisation was founded in 1920 to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. This years theme was named, “Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond”.
This theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defense of our country, including both World War I and II, East Timor and Afghanistan. Many indigenous Australians used enlisting as an opportunity to receive equal treatment with Europeans. An example of this is Private Reginald Francis Hawkins, who was enlisted in World War 1. A shell hit his ship, and he was later captured in France in 1917. He was held as a prisoner of war in German camps and repatriated back to Australia in 1919.
Many indigenous soldiers were not given the recognition they deserved. Horace Dalton from Ipswich served in Egypt. When he died in 1958, .he was buried in unmarked grave at Ipswich Cemetery. On October 1, 2012, he was given an official burial. Discrimination during this time increased, and massacres occurred in reprisal raids as late as 1928. Major aboriginal political movements in the 1930s achieved little improvement in civil rights.
Greater numbers of indigenous soldiers participated in World War II. While they received equal pay and promotion on merit, discrimination continued after the war. It wasn’t until 1949 that restrictions for enlisting in the armed forces based on race were removed, and since then, indigenous Australians have served in all conflict in which Australia has participated.
Torres Strait Islanders were also heavily involved in the armed forces. In 1941, the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion was formed to defend the Torres Straits, a strategically important area during WWII. By 1944, almost every able-bodied male Torres Strait Islander had enlisted without the same rates of pay or conditions as White Soldiers. In proportion to population, no community contributed more to the war effort than the Torres Strait Islanders.
Aboriginal women played an important role through enlisting in the women’s services or working in war industries. In northern Australia Aboriginal and Islander women worked hard to support isolated RAAF outposts and even helped to salvage crashed aircraft. Poet, artist & educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) joined the Australian Women’s Army Service in 1942, after the capture of her brothers by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore.
Indigenous Australians finally gained the right to vote in 1962. The role that indigenous soldiers played in the Australian armed forces has only recently come to light. We’d like to encourage everyone to reflect on the contribution of our veterans, of all descents, in defending our country. We also need students to carry on the work of this very important group. Please see one Mrs Cutmore if interested.
The Indigenous Events Group.
The QACI Indigenous Events Committee is a unique CAS organisation that aims to offer insight into Australia’s indigenous cultural heritage.
The IEC generally hold a few meetings a term to plan events and activities to boost Indigenous involvement in QACI. Founding members Riley, Jye, Sean, Kelsey, Patrick, George and Stirling have collaborated with supervisor Ms Lois Cutmore and prestigious local Aboriginal and Islander groups such as ACU’s Weemala Unit to improve QACI’s cultural understanding and awareness of Indigenous cultures.
With a relatively small Indigenous student population at QACI it’s very important to have such understanding and awareness with Indigenous cultures being utmost importance to Australian history and culture. As such, July represents the IEC’s most important dates of the year with NAIDOC Week 2014 running from the 6th-13th of July. Any interested QACI Geese are welcome to take part – email any current members or Ms Cutmore for details.
NAIDOC Week July 2014 (View Powerpoint)
Stirling Hall-Pearce, Jye Eason-Coutts, George Korenevski, and Riley Charles
Colourful CAS Hours Meet Creative QACI Students
On Sunday the 1st of June, 12 students from QACI were splattered with 3000kg of rainbow hued dust after attending the Swiss Colour Run at Robelle Domain in Springfield. Students walked, ran and even rolled their way to through 5 checkpoints for 5km. At each checkpoint runners were greeted by a splash of coloured cornstarch that was sprayed all over them and thrown in the air bringing new meaning to the analogy of using your body as a canvas, some students even rolled around in it. The aim of the run was to get covered in as much coloured starch as possible.
The Colour Run began at 9:00am. The QACI team gathered together sporting colour run shirts, sweatbands and non-permanent tattoos. A fully white outfit was suggested to maximise the amount of colour clothes could absorb. Contestants were slowly let out in intervals so that there would be a steady flow of people running on the circuit. The first colour checkpoint was pink, followed by blue, yellow then orange.
There was a tremendous turn out, 15,000 people – a fully booked event. People poured through the gates and getting lost in the crowd was inevitable. Of course QACI did stick together – the same goose analogy still applied. No goose left behind.
Along the way, QACI students posed for photos with the police and the nova mascot, as well as provided entertaining backdrops for members of the public wishing to take photos of them selves. Most of the terrain was flat so, it was a good walk for the majority of students.
The run finished in a large park where the grass was painted black to maximize the affect of colour on the ground. Contestants could stay end enjoy the Colour festival which was held until midday. There was a large stage at the far end of the park, where a DJ played music. In the centre of the park there was a massive mosh pit where contestants who had finished there were given packets of coloured powder.
“The Colour Run was so much fun! Seeing all the powder in the air was spectacular! We got to see people of all ages, ranging from toddlers in prams to the Grandmothers pushing them” said one QACI participant.
People danced to the music enjoying what was dubbed “The happiest 5km on the planet”. Each time the music dropped colour was thrown in the air unleashing a cloud of rainbow happiness. By the end of the festival QACI students had become almost like abstract canvases. A colourful day it was!
Stephany Banal (Year 11)
We Speak for the Trees
Throughout the entirety of term one, as well as term two thus far, you might have noticed a whole group of people bustling about the school with scripts or technological equipment answering the simple question of “what are you doing?” with the quick remark, “The Lorax”. So what’s that about.
“The Lorax” is a theatrical interpretation of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book that was offered to small audiences of primary school children (years five to seven) at four partnership schools of QACI during this week. These schools include: Brisbane Central SS, Ascot SS, Windsor SS and Eagle Junction SS. The production aimed to inspire a sense of stewardship in a younger generation and to stir our young audience to action in order to safeguard the future of our environment and ultimately the human race. It deals with the themes of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory and sustainable development in a modern twist on the 1970’s classic.
The production came together through the cooperation and abilities to creatively problem solve (as is the QACI way!) of our cast of seven: Phebe Rowland (me), the writer and director of the production; Kairavi Desai, the maker of the film that accompanied the performance; Emma Scibberas, the sound designer and stage manager; Phoebe Duncombe, the costume designer; Jemma Cumpstay, who conveyed the character of Gaia; James Ramsay, who conveyed the character of the Onceler; and Sebastien Golenko, who conveyed the character of the Lorax. We worked well together to come up with a great production (and accompanying discussion and workshop) that resonated with each young audience as indicated by their visible engagement or enthralment in the performance as well as their participation. Who knows, we may have inspired the next generation of eco-warriors!
Being a part of “The Lorax” was a unique experience that took place because of the support networks available at QACI, of which Mr. Tate, Mr. Jose and Ms. Cutmore were a huge part. So I’d like to say a huge thank you to each of them for their help and support during the play’s development. Also, being at QACI allowed me to group together an eclectic group of people from a range of areas (film, theatre and visual arts) that each brought their own ideas and their own perspectives to the show. The effect of combining these was electric and we were able to create an awesome show that I believe perfectly captured the QACI culture. I can speak for all of us to say that this has been a life-changing experience.
Phebe Rowland (Year 11)
Indigenous Events CAS Group
Australian Catholic University Campus – Banyo
Over the last summer holidays I was asked to visit the Australian Catholic University campus at Banyo to take some photos of their campus. The Indigenous Events CAS group within QACI have been working with the ACU on a project aimed at designing an information booklet about the cultural area which is being developed by the ACU Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit at the Banyo campus. They are developing a cultural area at the back of the university which will include sections for theatre performance, storytelling and a bush garden. It is set out in an indigenous figure 8 design on the ground that consists of two snakes whose heads and tails join.
Originally our students were asked to design materials for 5-6 billboards that cover aspects of the area from when it was first settled to today and includes the history of the indigenous people who lived there. When organisers needed some photos of the chapel to go in the section of the booklet for the building of the monastery I was asked by Mrs Cutmore if I would take up the challenge. Krishna Heffernan, director of the ACU Unit is very pleased with the work I have done and a selection of my photos will be included in the information booklet.
Bri Coward ( Year 11)
Carinity Aged Care CAS Project
Last Thursday afternoon we went to the Carinity Aged Care Centre located just around the corner from QACI in Kelvin Grove with our chaplain/ supervisor Matt Govan to commence the initiation of our CAS project. Our project’s aim is to give the residents at the centre an opportunity to interact with young people and be entertained by their talents. This initial visit allowed us to have an idea of how things worked at the centre and we were able to meet with several of the residents.
There were many stories, excitement and smiles. Everyone we met, staff and residents, were very enthusiastic and itching to get started. We are looking for others to get involved by either socialising with (reading books/ newspapers, discussions, listening, etc) or performing for the residents (mostly music but other performances could be organised). This means we need people who are caring, positive, patient and willing to express themselves.
If you are interested, please email either Sathumi or Issy. Please get involved, this is a chance for you to have an impact locally and support our amazing elderly people who have had so much experience in life- you never know, you could learn something that changes you forever.
Issy Jukes (Year 11)