On Thursday 22 October ACP's education team and photographer Marco Bok hit the road, despite the stormy weather, and drove up to Hunter River High School in Heatherbrae, NSW, for the last school visit for the School Selfie Project.The rain quickly cleared and, with the jacarandas in full bloom, Hunter River High’s lush vegetation was a stark contrast to Bourke and Longreach.
The team were greeted by the beautifully warm staff, including Deborah Dibley, head principal, who came out during her annual leave to welcome us. We were most grateful to the impressive Uncle Richard who shared stories of Woromi country, on which the school stands and initiated a smoking ceremony upon our arrival.
The two days were a great success thanks to Benjamin Stone-Herbert and Marco Bok’s energy and passion. The workshop looked at the students’ school as inspiration. Students made images that illustrated what their school means to them considering light, shadow, composition and point of view and then put their ‘critical eye’ to good use, editing and selecting images for submission online via Instagram. The wonderful results of the workshop can be viewed on Instagram via #hunterriverschoolselfie. Well done to all students involved on making such great work.
Thank you to Hunter River High for having us, seeing the students’ passion for photography and allowing us to share ours made for an exciting day. We look forward to sharing this project with schools across Australia when SBS’ new online learning hub launches on November 16 2015.
SBS Learn is part of SBS Content Outreach agenda fostering partnerships with organisations including Government, NGOs and public institutions with the aim of increasing the impact and public value of SBS content. This is achieved through the creation of multiplatform content that that stimulates informal learning and provides more opportunity for either a mainstream or niche audience, such as schools, to engage with our content, Key SBS Outreach projects to date include: Go Back to where you came from School Packs, The Heart of Punchbowl Photographic Exhibition, First Contact Learning Resources.
Images top to bottom:
Image 1 courtesy and © Jessica Andrews, 2015.
Image 2 courtesy and © Mahaylia Soars, 2015.
Image 3 courtesy and © Sarah Foxx, 2015.
Image 4 courtesy and © Jessie O'brien, 2015.