Animals: Property or Persons? is a six-minute animated video that introduces students to the concept of legal personhood, and its potential application to animals. It contains no graphic footage and is suitable for use in high school classrooms for all ages and countries.
In Don’t Stop the Music – Episode 3, a school principal joins forces with musical experts and a singing superstar on a mission, to transform the lives of disadvantaged Aussie kids through the power of music.
Don’t Stop the Music – Episode 2 – A school principal joins forces with musical experts and a singing superstar on a mission, to transform the lives of disadvantaged Aussie kids through the power of music.
The groundbreaking music program is off and running. The students gear up for their first public performance, but pressure and stage fright take its toll.
Everyone’s favourite almost-functional Asian Australian family, The Laws, are back. After a summer to remember, Jenny Law and Danny Law have amicably parted ways, and a wiser, more-mature Benjamin now understands that sometimes, parents just work better apart.
‘Black Comedy’ (2018) is a sketch comedy series developed for the ABC, written by and starring some of the funniest Indigenous performers in the country. Ably supported by an array of talented Indigenous and non-Indigenous performers, the core team uses comedy to explore what it means to be Indigenous in contemporary Australia.
The Australian Curriculum acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures as a cross-curriculum priority in all learning areas. Black Comedy provides a resource for students to learn about:
• The lives of Indigenous Australians • Contemporary Indigenous Australian society • Relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
The series engages students in discussions about Indigenous Australian identity and allows students to examine the key concepts of ‘Country’ or place, culture and people and to engage in discussions about reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. Through viewing the series students will consider the historic and contemporary impacts of colonisation and will be able to understand that contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, resilient, rich and diverse.
In addition, ‘Black Comedy’ provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to see themselves, their identities and their cultures portrayed on screen in a television series made for a mainstream Australian audience.
Western Australia. A land forged by one of the most dangerous killers on Earth: bushfire. Here, men and women of the Parks and Wildlife Service fight a never-ending war against this scorching enemy. They deploy the largest squadron of fire-spotting aircraft in the world, armoured bulldozers and trucks, aerial bombers. And they fight on foot. The battle is relentless. Their adversary: a remorseless, unpredictable and indiscriminate killer. This is ‘Bushfire Wars’.
In the hills behind Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, easterly winds are screaming in from the hot desert and temperatures are soaring. An arsonist has struck, deliberately lighting two fires in the bush. The flames have turned into an inferno and the fire is out of control. It is threatening Mundaring Weir, a water treatment plant, the nearby settlement of Pickering Brook, and even the Parks and Wildlife Service Mundaring District Headquarters.
The fastest response to a bushfire is from the air. Nick Long from Dunn Aviation pilots one of eight fixed-wing water bombers, part of the aerial fleet that works in conjunction with the ground crews. The bombers operate a system called RAID – rapid aggressive initial deployment.
Fire Officer Jordan Cantelo leads a team of nine trucks and two bulldozers on the northern flank of the fire and we join bushfire fighter Shane Popperwell in the truck behind the dozers as they battle to control the blazing monster. Adam Edwards follows behind dealing with dangerous hop-overs as the fire jumps containment lines. Air assets keep on the offensive. Helicopter tankers and Skycranes attack the flames and fixed-wing bombers assault the blaze from the air. The combination of ground and air assault is making headway. But things suddenly change. The wind picks up.
Nick Long is continually bombing from the air and in support of the ground crews, who are having a difficult time holding the fire behind the track they are cutting. The wind pushes the fire towards the firebreak track and embers start to jump the line and ignite on the other side. These are called hop-overs and they’re serious. If one gets away, they’ll have a whole new fire front on their hands.
Can the forces win the battle against the blazing enemy before it’s too late?
CURRICULUM LINKS: ‘Bushfire Wars’ is suitable for Years 3–9 and can be linked to the following subject areas within the Australian National Curriculum:
Best-selling author Gregory Landsman brings us ‘Faith Lifting Prayers‘, a compilation of the author’s own stories and prayers written along his journey to find peace, fulfillment and a happy life.
‘Faith Lifting Prayers‘ is a powerful reminder to celebrate our humanity and the beauty our individual differences bring to the world. An uplifting read to nourish the heart, lighten the spirit and inspire us to live our best lives.