Thursday, 24 January 2013

Australia Day

Australia Day is on January 26 and commemorates the establishment of the first settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture. There are reflections on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.

What do people do?

Many people have a day off work and use the day to picnic in a park, to go shopping or to play or to watch sports events. In some places, particularly Lake Burley Griffin, spectacular public fireworks displays are held. In addition, the Australian of the Year Awards are presented. These are awards for Australians who have made an outstanding contribution to their country or community.
In some towns and cities, citizenship ceremonies are held on Australia Day. These are ceremonies to welcome immigrants to the country who have been granted Australian citizenship. Although official, these ceremonies often have a festive atmosphere.

What are we going to do?

As one of our language assistants, Sebastian, is from Australia. He has made a great presentation about Australia Aboriginal Art. Soon we will have a lot of boomerangs decorated with aboriginal symbols! A very good way of introducing some of the visual elements of art (dots, lines, textures, colors, and shapes).

Click the image to go to Australian Art Page. You will see the presentation and the activity.


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