This week's writing topic was 'What does it mean to be Australian?' We're just starting a middle school theme on this topic so the prompt was designed to get a base line on the kids' thinking. We'll revisit the question at the end of the unit.
This blog is as good a place as any to record some of those ideas and it may (or may not) be of interest to overseas readers to see what Aussie kids think about their own citizenship. Here's a range of random sentences from my 11 and 12 yr olds.
To be Australian means:
- You have to love a sporting team. You can choose from AFL, Rugby League or Cricket. Netball is for girls but soccer doesn't count.
- Going to the beach.
- Valuing hard work.
- You have to have a sense of humor.
- The underdog will always pull through.
- True Australians have a BBQ every now and then.
- Putting vegemite on everything that doesn't have tomato sauce on it.
- To not hate someone that has done something bad in the past.
- Australians are allowed to believe in all different religions. You can go to church or be a bogan but you should believe in Santa.
- It doesn't matter if you were born and bred here or came on a boat, so long as you show aussie spirit you can be an Australian.
- Having lots of different food, activities, languages and dances from all the people who have come from other parts of the world.
- Being able to explore beautiful wildlife, sandy deserts, vine forests and skyscrapers cities and always being kind to each other.
- You always have to annoy your siblings!
- You can walk down the street or play sport without feeling scared.
- Being humble and taking everything in your stride.
- Keep going when the going gets tough.
- Always waiting for rain.
I think they've got it pretty well covered.