Narre Warren South P–12 College, Vic

Introduction – Civics and Citizenship focus

In their design of 'Could this happen here? Is Australia the best country in the world?', the teachers at Narre Warren South P–12 College in Victoria used the context of their school and their understanding of the needs of their students to develop a program that emphasised the important civics and citizenship values of multiculturalism. Their focus was to 'build better people' and better citizens, by providing opportunities for students through the curriculum to both experience and express their diversity. In their participation on the program, students were provided with opportunities for decision making, leadership and cooperation. They were inspired to consider their responsibilities and rights as members of a multicultural Australia, as well as their responsibilities as global citizens.

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Segment 1: School context

Narre Warren South P–12 College is situated in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. As an outer suburb it has experienced population growth and change in recent years, which has dramatically affected the profile of the student population at the school. Accommodating the school’s local context is part of building efficacy in the curriculum, and reflecting the needs of the student cohort.

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Segement 2: The program

Multicultural Day at Narre Warren South P–12 College is a culmination of a semester-long program, ‘Could this happen here? Is Australia the best country in the world?’ taught as part of the Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Personal Development Studies course. The program is designed to challenge students’ perceptions of cultural diversity, and to assist them to understand and appreciate the values that underpin multiculturalism in Australia. As part of their investigations in the course, students consider events from the holocaust and the Rwandan genocide, to the Stolen Generations and the Cronulla riots, to understand the importance of valuing others and their cultures, and the consequences of not valuing them.

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Segment 3: Implementation

Multicultural Day celebrates the cultures of the students in the school. Student ownership and responsibility are built into the planning of the day, which is organised by the students. The students run workshops in which they teach others about aspects of their cultural backgrounds. The day affirms the place of the diverse cultures in the school, overcomes cultural barriers that might exist between students, and validates the communities in which the school is situated. Student learning and leadership are demonstrated individually and in collaboration with others.

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Segment 4: Outcomes

One of the outcomes of the program is that it will soon be applied across the whole school, as Narre Warren South P–12 College attempts to have all of its students benefit from the citizenship values promoted by the program. There were individual highlights for the teachers involved in the program, with some students exceeding expectations. Student values were challenged in order to assist them to become more informed and contributing citizens. Student input was welcomed throughout the implementation of the program. Students were also asked to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the program in their responses to a survey.

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Resources

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