Students Learn About Migration First Hand

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As part of the Year 6 curriculum in HASS and English, students have been looking at migration, especially from England after WW2, with the assisted migration scheme.

Head of Humanities & Social Science, Mr Stephen King, spoke to the girls this week about the story of his family and what it was like to be a ‘Ten Pound Pom’. The girls asked questions about what it was like for his family, if they were happy with what was offered here in Australia and whether he is happy that his family made the choice to settle in Australia.

Below are some responses from Class 6.6 about Mr King’s visit.

I really enjoyed listening to the reasons behind Mr King’s family moving to Australia. They had many reasons for why they were moving and had a couple of options about where to go. It was nice to know that he liked Australia so much that he stayed for his whole life.

It was nice to hear a real-life story of someone in the school that came here based on the ‘Ten Pound Pom Assisted Scheme’ and not just hear about it in class. He also explained the processes involved in moving from England to Australia and helped us understand the difficulty of making the decision, but also the impact that it has on the family that is left behind in their home country. It helped to understand what it was like as a child moving countries and how hard it would be to start in a new place with a different accent.

I loved that Mr King was letting us ask questions about his life and about what it was like for him on the plane and boat, making the long trips to Australia. It was nice to have an expert on the topic come and share their experience. He was really funny and made learning more about the topic really interesting. We had lots of fun!


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