Monday, Week 3

Good afternoon everyone,

Please remember that we have our Art Gallery and Museum Excursion this Friday. Fingers crossed for fine weather…

We began the day with some Quiet 15, where students either continued to read their Guided Reading text or work on the tasks associated with GR. After going through the events of the day, we then headed over to the Hall to complete the third week of our Sockey competition. The games were fierce but fair and we now have the results that have accumulated over the last 3 weeks to share with you.

We began our new Class Novel this morning also, which has a special connection with one of our students. The author, Adam Cece is an Adelaide man, who happens to be a friend of the Gallina family and kindly donated the novel to our School Library. The students were excited by this and enjoyed the first 10 pages, getting to know the 3 main characters; Tobias Treachery, Kipp Kindle and Cymphany Chan, who are all primary school-aged friends that attend the local school in Huggabie Falls.

Between recess and lunch we were extremely lucky to welcome Martin Pascoe into our classroom. Martin is a documentary maker and an Indigenous educator, who will be working alongside us over the next 10 weeks.

After introducing himself to the students, Martin showed us one of the documentaries he has made called ‘Symbol of Strength’.

Below are the notes that were taken during our session and the students’ responses to some of the questions that were posed:


The Documentary
Martin produced a documentary called ‘Symbol of Strength’, which was filmed in Adelaide, on Kaurna land. It has been shown all around the world, to many different nations. It explains the significance of the Aboriginal Flag and how it was designed and made in Adelaide in 1971, as well as the importance of the flag to Indigenous people.

Types of camera shots he used:
Piece to camera- talking directly to the camera
Cut aways – when you show signs or symbols of places in the background. They show or help to tell your journey/story.

  • King William Road
  • Aboriginal and Australian flags
  • Haighs Corner
  • Central Markets

Back shot
Front shot
Vox Pops – asking random people on the street a question to gather opinions
Slo-motion –  shots of the flags blowing in the breeze
Voice overs – footage is shot and then voice recording can be completed afterwards, once a script has been written

What did you observe from watching the video without sound?

I saw a lot of the scenery of the city. I notice the two flag poles a lot too. – Jay

He (Martin) went past the Art Gallery and the Museum – Dylan

He was trying to show people of different nations all coming together and how diverse Adelaide is.
– Grace

I showed the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flags apart initially and then I shot them together. I wanted to show them both flying together to show that we are united and that we shouldn’t be seen as one apart from the other. – Martin Pascoe

He looked very happy when he was walking around the city. – David

What did you observe from watching the video with the sound?

 A lot of Aboriginal people are encouraged by their flag, which they didn’t have when the settlers came.
– Dylan

An Aboriginal lady said that “It felt like home” when she looked at the Aboriginal Flag. – Lorraine L

“It’s the single most unifying and uniting symbol belonging to the Aboriginal people.” – Martin, speaking about the significance of the Aboriginal Flag.


Martin explained the meaning of the flag:

Yellow – the sun, protector and giver of life

Red – earth

Black – the people

Martin’s Summary
‘When I first approached the SBS I said I would like to make a piece on the Aboriginal Flag. I didn’t want to make it obvious and I wanted people to know that it was born and created in Adelaide, in Victoria Square.

I chose the title ‘Symbol of Strength’ because I want people to feel positive about the Aboriginal Flag. A flag can represent a whole group of people but really it is us as a society and group pf people that make up a nation. Having both flags in the heart of our city is so important and does not occur anywhere else in Australia. This is my opinion but others may have a different view.’

This was such an informative beginning to the time we will be spending with Martin and and we look forward to utilising his expertise and knowledge when it comes to creating our own films, pursuing HASS lines of Inquiry and developing our photography skills.

To finish the day, both classes went to the Library and read the third CBCA shortlisted book:

Image result for florette book

It contained a great message about ecology and how one person can make a difference by choosing to ‘green up’ an urban landscape by growing potted plants. The illustrations were divine and certainly captivating for the class – our favourite book so far!

Have a great night everyone!


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