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Easter symbols

What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? You may have known that some of the traditions we currently enjoy around Easter holidays have their roots in religion, but did you know some may have their roots in pagan traditions? This video explains what some Easter symbols mean and how they came about.

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

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Rainforest: use compass points

Use compass points and a scale to find places on a map. Understand abbreviations such as N, W, SW and E. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Cheque facsimile - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Glenormiston, 1994

This facsimile of a cheque to 'Swan Hill WOFG [Women on Farms Gathering]' is a symbolic icon of the Women on Farms Gathering at Glenormiston in 1994. The success of the Glenormiston Gathering made it possible for a cheque of $1,000 to be handed to succeeding organising committees as seeding money. This icon of the 1994 ...

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Shots in word pictures

How can visual artwork enhance our experience of the written word? Here, a reading from 'Shots', a memoir by Cold Chisel's primary songwriter Don Walker, is accompanied by a series of images by animator and illustrator Marieka Walsh. This clip was taken from a series titled 'Radio With Pictures'. To find out more visit ...

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Rainforest: make a walking track

Mark the route for a walking track on a map of a rainforest. Choose a section of track based on instructions about distances, compass directions and grid references. Keep adding sections of track to get to the rest house. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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A hairy theatrical design

How do you feel about keeping the hair of a loved one as a memento? The Sisters Hayes (Christina, Esther and Rebecca) are the set and costume designers for 'Blood Wedding' at the Malthouse Theatre. In this clip the sisters discuss both the process of developing the design for the play and the inspiration for including hair ...

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Sydney: lighting the way for art

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up like a rainbow and the Sydney Opera House become a canvas for a brilliant light display. During the annual Vivid Sydney event the city's iconic architecture and places are illuminated in a spectacular lightshow.

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Mallee bottle - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Ouyen, 1998

This mallee bottle artwork was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Ouyen in 1998. The bottle contains sand and seeds, it has a cluster of gumnuts around the neck and is stoppered with a cork. It is symbolic of the way individuals, represented by the different grains of sand and ...

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Mallee root - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Swan Hill, 1995

This mallee root artwork was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Swan Hill in 1995. The root has a sawn edge showing the red-brown colour inside. A metal plaque reads: 'WOMEN ON FARMS / GATHERING / SWAN HILL / 1995'. The artwork measures 21.0 cm (length) x 18.0 cm (width) x 15.5 ...

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Ceramic hands - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Macedon Ranges, 2002

This sculpture of ceramic hands was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges in 2002. The sculpture was created by Kyneton potter Peggy Thallong-Smith with assistance from Pat Beasley. It measures 26.5 cm (length) x 26.8 cm (width) x 13.5 cm (height). ...

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Imagery: the key to an effective poem

Close your eyes and picture a simple key. What does it mean to you? Many poems are structured around a single extended metaphor, an image that the poet returns to throughout their work, developing it into a rich and complex symbol. In this lyrical and emotive poem, Martin Ingle turns the deceptively simple image of a key ...

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Horseshoe - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Yarra Valley, 2000

This horseshoe, decorated with yellow, pink and green ribbons, was selected as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Yarra Valley in 2000. The horseshoe and ribbons measure 47 cm (height) x 15 cm (width).

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'Rustic rose' - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla, 2005

This 'rustic rose' sculpture was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla in 2005. It was made by Bonnie Leatham, the daughter of one of the Gathering organisers, from barbed wire and an old tobacco tin found on her property. The sculpture measures 59.5 cm (length) x 4.7 cm ...

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Cogs from harvester - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Horsham, 2004

These interwoven cogs from a well-used Shearer grain harvester were selected as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Horsham in 2004. The cogs symbolise how women are the cogs that keep the community turning.

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Twist, coil and stitch with Mary Barron

Mary Elizabeth Barron started her art career after raising her children, and the idea of family and of connections between people is central to her art. Using discarded clothing, she weaves together her passions: sustainability, recycling, and the essence of people.

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The Umbrella Movement: Protests in Hong Kong

This lesson sequence examines the relationship between China and Hong Kong and explores the methods and symbolism behind the democracy protests that occurred when Beijing blocked nominations for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017.

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Framed embroidery

This is a framed embroidery, made with wool, depicting an early, unofficial Australian coat of arms. The coat of arms is composed of a blue shield of four quarters that encloses a burgundy cross with five small white crosses, one at its centre and the others on each arm of the cross. The first quarter of the shield displays ...

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Responsible fishing in Western Australia: write an article

Go fishing in Western Australia. Look at how and why laws restrict people from taking certain fish. Identify cases where laws apply: size limits, bag limits and closed seasons. Build a magazine article explaining the fishing laws. Use a model structure and persuasive text to support a responsible position. For example, ...

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'The Rajah quilt' 1841

The Rajah quilt was made by female convicts on route from England to the colony of Tasmania in 1841. It consists of 2815 pieces of fabric and was presented to the Governor's wife upon arrival as a testament to the women's industry. The women learned these skills on the long journey to Australia on board their convict ship ...