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Trinity News : November 2008
EXCURSION TO SEE THE MOVIE “SALUTE” STRATHFIELD COUNCIL On Wednesday the 17th of September, Year Six went to Strathfield Council for our UOI on Leadership which linked into Government. Ms Angelides, the Community Liaison Officer, was waiting to take us around and tell us about Strathfield Council. First she just went through the three different types of government, Federal, State and Local. Then we had a mock Council meeting, I was the mayor. First on the agenda for the meeting was the prayer which the mayor always reads before any meeting. Later we asked if the “motion” was to be carried out or not, and of course it was. After that we had some suggestions and complaints. Our meeting finally came to an end. This helped us to understand how Council meetings work and the various issues that the Council has to resolve. Next we had some fun and tried on the mayoral robe, including a medallion with all the past mayors’ names. In the end we had a group photo and Shiva was wearing the robe. At the end of the day we came out with a larger knowledge of local council. | Ishaan Thakur (6R) Year 6 group with Shiva Chandra as Mayor On the 30th of July Year Six went on an excursion to Sydney Harbour to watch a movie called ‘Salute’. At the time Year 6 was studying Olympics. The movie is about how Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the winner’s podium at the Mexico City Games in 1968 and thrust their hands in the sky wearing black gloves. They did this to try and educate people about how badly black people were discriminated against in the U.S.A. We learnt in detail about why Tommie and John wore the black gloves. We also learnt about Peter Norman and how he agreed to help Tommie and John by wearing a human rights badge on the podium. Peter Norman was the Australian athlete who came 2nd in the 200m race that was won by Tommie Smith. Tommie’s and John’s original plan was to come first and second on the podium and thrust the black gloves in the air. Peter Norman ended up foiling their plans by coming second instead of Tommie or John, but in the end Peter agreed to help their noble cause and wore a human rights badge. Although they were brilliant and successful athletes, Tommie, John and Peter were all banned from competing in the Olympics in the future. This was one of the most phenomenal events in the whole history of the Olympics and the men involved will always be remembered for their bravery. Peter Norman helped Tommie and John because he was a Christian who believed all people are equal. He was raised in a Christian family and always was happy to help people and serve God in any way he could. He helped Tommie and John because he felt it was the right thing to do. He will be remembered as a man who dedicated himself to helping people and serving God. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about such an important event that had such a great effect on the world. Also, without the dedication of our teachers we would have never been able to see the movie so on behalf of the boys I would like to thank them. | James Vallis (6S) YEAR 6S EXCURSION TO THE JEWISH MUSEUM AND THE ART GALLERY Year 6 group with Jeremy Bishay as Mayor Year 6 travelled by bus to the Jewish Museum because our UOI is Across the Borders. We first watched a short movie on the Jewish Holocaust in WW2. A Holocaust survivor talked to us about her experiences as a victim of the slaughter. Many interesting questions were asked by Year 6 as well as the teachers. Next our year split into groups and went around the museum with guides who were all Holocaust survivors or children of Holocaust survivors. We saw newspapers and letters from the period, photos and objects such as a human hair blanket made from the hairs of unfortunate Jews. A very thoughtful quote by Edward Burke was All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. All of us were horrified mentally and physically for what horrors had happened in the mass killings. After saying thank you to the guides we left quite thankful we didn’t have to stay in the Museum for the whole day. The bus then took us to the Art Gallery. Our group began in the aboriginal artworks where massive dot paintings and native creatures’ portraits were displayed. The next section was the abstract art where newspaper cuttings were put together to form a complex picture of life objects. The models were very interesting because one was a pendulum swinging above an emu’s egg. The strange model reset itself with a click each time the pendulum stopped. An even weirder one was a dark room where the theme music of “Jaws” played quietly. The biggest one of them all was a video of a man hitting a bicycle with a crowbar under shades of light. All the students in the grade thought it was hilarious that the man looked as if he was about to set a world record in swimming (beating Michael Phelps) and breaking the bicycle. After the laughter died down, the last exhibit was of oil paintings – huge paintings of King David, royal courts and even a model of Aussie men shearing sheep. One of the favourites was of King Solomon being visited by the Queen of Sheba bringing exotic gifts of cedar wood, baskets of gold, slaves, animals which could dance and even a herd of horses! Year 6 enjoyed the day: We learnt a heap of information while having fun. We hope another opportunity like this will appear in future terms. Christopher Chen (6S) TRINITY NEWS 29