Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snapshots of Remote Communities 2010 - Road trip Day 4 (Kalgoorlie)

Friday 5 February 2010 (Kalgoorlie)

Today Peta, Western Australian Museum Education Officer, and I presented a professional
learning information day with four participating Snapshots teachers - one each from Kalgoorlie Primary, Kalgoorlie School of the Air, Coolgardie Primary and Grass Patch Primary.

Our venue was the Western Australian Museum in Kalgoorlie which has exhibitions including a Gold Vault, a miner's cottage, the British Arms Hotel and the Ivanhoe Headframe.

The regional exhibtion for the Snapshots project will be held at the Museum's British Arms hotel, a
heritage listed building
claimed to be the narrowest pub in the southern hemisphere.

Like Sue at Menzies Remote Community School and the teachers at Tambellup Primary, the
teachers today shared their enagaging and exciting plans for the project.

From restoring a school history lost in a school office fire, reconnecting with stories of
parents and grandparents to using a local Town Hall as a school exhibtion venue and learning about the process and practice of photography, the students from these schools are in for a great year with Snapshots!

Following our time with the teachers, Peta showed me the KCGM Superpit, an open pit gold
mine which will eventually be 600 metres deep and 3.8km wide. From the lookout, we could see a range of trucks and digging machines, as well as layers of colour striated through the current 450 metre depth of the mine.

Back to Canberra tomorrow via Perth, Ned and I are looking forward sharing our adventures with our team at the National Museum. We're also excited to see the photos, artworks, stories and histories created and uncovered aas part of Snapshots 2010.

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