Studying the waves of migrants gives us understanding of today

Posted 22/06/2018

In a bid to learn more about the multicultural composition of Australia, Clyde Fenton Primary School students are researching the diverse groups of people who have migrated here.

Year 5 and 6 students have compiled all the information they’ve learnt about the history of immigration into a two-and-a-half-metre timeline.

Teacher Lyndel Rawlings said it had become a collective project to which all students could contribute, regardless of their language skills.

Year 6 student Eugene Bolton said his class added pictures and facts to the timeline about the different waves of immigrant groups they learned about, from early settlers to present day.

“We’ve learnt about all the different people who came here in the past, and a lot of them were just looking for a better life,” he said.

“It was interesting to hear about the people who came here during the Gold Rush, and about those families that had to flee wars.

“I learnt a lot of things that I never knew before we started this project, like the White Australia Policy - that was really eye opening.”

Eugene and the migration timeline

Ms Rawlings said the project allowed students to reflect on their own lifestyle and how some facets of their lives may have been influenced by Australia's immigrants, such as cuisine.

Eugene said the research made him think about his own family’s experience of migrating from Tonga.

“Like the migrants we’ve been learning about, a lot of islanders like my family came over in search of better opportunities,” he said.

(story published NT News; 19 June 2018, School2work news, 

Story: Lyndel Rawlings Photo:Max Rawlings)