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Citizenship award for project on Aussie identity

(Back from left) Mick Davis, Dina Browne, teachers Anne Bergstrum and
Jenny Davissen, Maj. Gen. Peter Arnison and students Casey Miles-Stephens,
Celine Blumer and Liam Field with their Citizenship Award
STUDENTS at St Joseph’s School, Nundah, literally know what it means to be a “true-blue Aussie”.

A project titled “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” by middle school students received an Order of Australia Association Primary Schools’ Citizenship Award for its in-depth look at this year’s theme: ‘What factors contribute to the development of our Australian Identity?’.

Teachers Anne Bergstrum and Jenny Davissen said the students approached the question by exploring Australia’s history, celebrations and environments in order to foster an appreciation of what it means to be Australian, both now and into the future, for themselves, their families and their nation.

“The students involved in this project developed a much greater understanding, awareness and appreciation of where Australia has come from and how they themselves fit into the Australian story.

“This instilled a sense of pride in their citizenship and inspired an excitement about being a part of such a unique nation” according to their.

They said the whole school community shared in the excitement as students undertook their investigations; shared their learning journeys and showcased their learning.

“As many of the families in our school community are “new” to Australia, this sharing of knowledge, experiences and excitement was highly valued".

St Joseph’s was one of a select few schools in Queensland, including two from far North Queensland, to receive the award from former Governor of Queensland Major General (Ret) Peter Arnison at Queensland’s Parliament House.

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