Melbourne Girls’ College student with her exhibit.
Image: Jan Molloy
Source: Museum Victoria
Melbourne Girls College
Students participated in an action research project with a focus on migration stories as part of the Year 10 History curriculum. The class attended three workshop sessions at the Immigration Museum and one at school – facilitated by Jan Molloy from the museum.
The students used Small Object Big Story to develop their research project, and had the opportunity to shape its outcome with the broader community. The project was supported with a $1000 grant from the Australian Government’s Promoting intercultural diversity through values and civics and citizenship education fund.
The process of involving young people in the collection of other people’s stories, designing a professional exhibition, and sharing the experience with the wider community, recognises that 'Cultural Diversity' as exemplified in schools, is valuable for both personal and civic development. The school, in partnership with the Immigration Museum, aims to make this 'real world' experience significant for the students and useful for the wider community.