Exploring WA Maritime Museum

Our Year 6s are feeling very inspired this week after their excursion to the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle!

The girls made the trip to the iconic museum last Friday as part of their HASS studies of migration.

During the excursion, students rotated through three ‘Immigration Stories’ activities, which included the following:

  1. A guided tour of the museum following the experience of one migrant from Italy, Jim Ianello.
  2. An object exploration activity, where students acted as museum curators to share the stories of migrants through personal items.
  3. A walking tour exploring statues such as that of C Y O’Connor and child migrants before visiting the Welcome Walls.

Some of our students were excited to find the names of some very important people on the Welcome Wall!

Students find the names of Sisters of Mercy

To consolidate their learning, the girls spent the afternoon completing a reflection activity.

As always, the students were excellent representatives of the College!

We asked some of our students what they had to say about the experience:

I particularly liked being a curator because we got to be creative and choose what we were doing. I learned about a migrant from Holland who came when she was only 5 years old and wasn’t allowed to bring any toys. The ship was really dirty, and she got really sick. I felt bad for her because she would have been confused and it would have been challenging for a 5-year-old child not to have toys. Mackenzie 6.6

I really liked visiting the Welcome Wall to look for my Nonna and Nonno. I liked choosing the artifacts to share the person’s migration story. At the end of Jim’s story, we also got to sit in a boat which was fun. Tahlia 6.6

I liked learning about the different migrants and sorting through their artifacts to discover why they migrated and the challenges they faced along the way. Rosalina 6.10

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