For this performance, Year 10 students were asked to identify a story that needs telling and determine how best to tell it. Gabby used stop motion media to tell the story of intrusive thoughts after doing a bad thing and how they come back on us. Rose showed extracts from a documentary she is creating, centred around young people’s voices in the foster care system. Ayla shared original spoken word performance, to the themes of the suppression of activism and the sense of community that can be found in activism. Ben’s story morphed from a personal sharing also related to voice and agency, to an exploration of stand-up comedy that socially warms.
This was a truly inspiring evening. Just 4 young people sharing with an intimate audience, the stories that are deeply personal and impactful in their lives. The after resonance for me is how the teachers, parents and carers, and friends put their arms around our young people, celebrating and cherishing them in this significant time of their lives. A special thank you to Georgia who year after year, draws something remarkable from each student, and to Julie for her gentle esteem in supporting the musicality and courage of each.
Originally a high school teacher in the public system, Lynn has also taught at TAFE and in community settings. In the Steiner context, she has previously been a kindergarten and primary school teacher. In addition to her roles as Chair and Principal, Lynn is High School Co-Ordinator, teaches Geography and History, and co-ordinates the Outdoor Education Programme. Lynn has a B. Arts (UWA) and a Dip. Ed. (WA Secondary Teachers College).