This fortnight in Cultural studies we have been reading and viewing youtube clips about Anh Do. Anh is a famous Australian who’s cultural background and heritage is Vietnamese.
The year 1-3 classes have read the “Little Refugee”, a book written By Anh and Suzanne Do, which beautifully describes the early childhood of Anh. It was wonderful to hear the students talk with empathy about the challenges of Anh’s family as they fled Vietnam as refugees and the inspiring way his mum and dad taught Anh and his siblings to always hope for the best and be positive.
The students illustrated their favourite part of the book and discussed in groups their choices and what characteristics of “The Little Refugee” inspired them to be more culturally aware of children coming to Australia with very little english.
Some common answers were:
“I would like to play with Anh at recess and lunch so he doesn’t feel lonely”
“We could help him to learn english while we play and make him feel included”
“By being kind and patient with him during games and when we are in class, so he can learn english faster and catch up!”
“To remember that different foods from other countries can be really yummy, so don’t laugh when someone brings something different in their lunch boxes!”
Here are some work samples of their lessons this fortnight:
Anh Do’s picture and his books.
This is a drawing of Anh’s family home in Vietnam. We compared it with our own homes in Australia an realised how lucky we are.
Here, we see the ocean storm Anh and his family were in, in the fishing boat the used to leave Vietnam as refugees.
Many children loved the ending when Anh received his Class captain badge and made his parents proud!
Picture of Anh playing with his new friends at school.
The Senior classes, Years 4-6 viewed the u-tube clip “Pictures of You” in which the achievements and challenges of Anh’s life were discussed and we got to see photos of many significant people and events. I was particularly proud of the mature and sensitive nature of the students and the insightful questions the children had. We discussed the impact of the Vietnam War and the plight of refugees in Vietnam at the time of Anh’s story.The children then completed a reflective written activity about their views and what they have learnt from Anh’s experiences and how this impacts on their own cultural understandings. It was a pleasure to hear and read their thoughtful and sincere responses.
Below are some samples of their work: