Work with a Pacific Islander
An innovative new, inquiry-based teaching and learning program has been developed to engage students from R-12 in learning about our near neighbours in the Pacific region. Therese Minitong-Kemelfield, a linguist and teacher from the Solomon Islands will facilitate an immersive program in which students build upon their initial investigations at school related to 'key concepts' outlined below. The program is not available at all times. Please ring to check availability.
Our Near Neighbours
The programs for Primary, Middle and Senior Years students run for two hours (including a break). A modified program for Early Years students runs for 1 hour. Costs are $100 for two hours or $60 for the hour. Available Tuesday and Thursday.
Students are invited to explore the gallery and engage with the displays about Pacific Islander communities using hands-on artefacts in new discovery drawers, an education display case, inquiry cards, and ultra-flip video cameras.
Students can collaborate in small groups using the discovery drawers to investigate artefacts made by Pacific Islander people who belong to different communities from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Britain and New Ireland, and the Solomon Islands.
Inquiry Cards & Student Notebooks
Download examples below for follow-up at school:
Papua New Guinea – south side of gallery
Papua New Guine – north side of gallery
East New Britain and New Ireland
Key Concepts for Investigation
Identity & Belonging
Compare the special designs and materials used by each community to make their artefacts including jewellery, masks or shields, tools, weapons and clothing.
Power & Authority
Find artefacts on display that are symbols of power and authority including clubs and ornaments.
Technology, Design, Trade & Sustainability
Investigate how artefacts are made by each community. Record the different materials and tools they might have used.
Look for toys used by children from Pacific Islander communities. Talk about the games you might play with these toys.
Things to do at School
The following activity sheets have been developed by Therese Minitong-Kemelfield to be used for pre-visit or post-visit activities. They are suitable for Early and Primary Years students.
For schools with a particular curriculum focus on the Asia-Pacific region…
For schools with a particular curriculum focus on the Asia-Pacific region, it may also be possible to coordinate a visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia or the Adelaide Botanic Gardens where they offer programs with a focus on Asia.