Australian Immigration Incursion

On Tuesday, we had an incursion at school to help us learn more about Australian immigration. We looked at significant events in history that lead to groups of people migrating to Australia – for example, during the Gold Rush, many people from China came to Australia and after the Vietnam War, Australia took in many Vietnamese refugees.

We ordered these events – from as early as the first settlers and convicts to modern immigration – to make a human timeline.

Then we broke into groups to complete 4 different tasks. For one task, we reconstructed graphs showing migrant populations in different cities and other immigration statistics.

We also put together jigsaw puzzles to find out about which countries take in the most refugees.

We played “Famous Australian Migrants” Bingo and tested each other on the citizenship test. Most of us would have failed the test and not been allowed to live in Australia.

What was your favourite part of the incursion? What’s one thing that you learnt?

Immigration Questions

Lately, we have been looking at how immigration has shaped Australia and its culture. We had to create questions for people in our lives who had come to Australia to find out about their journey.

Here are some of the questions we asked. We would love it if you yourself have come to Australia and could answer these questions too!

  1. Where is your home country?
  2. What was the main reason that you left your country?
  3. What was the hardest thing about leaving your country? Did you leave anyone behind?
  4. What was it like in your home country? What is different about living in Australia?
  5. Was it hard to assimilate into Australia culture?
  6. Did you speak another language in your home country? Was it difficult to learn English?
  7. Did you live in another country before settling in Australia?

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!