Year 10 Adrift in History

Simulating the plight of refugees after studying the Vietnam War, Year 10 had to make some hard decisions about what was important to take.

Year 10 Adrift in History

Term 4, 2021 Year 10 History spent Terms 3 & 4 investigating Australia's contribution to the Vietnam War. Students showed compassion as they learnt about the plight of refugees from Vietnam, from the experience of fleeing to the many dangers at sea. The class simulated an experience where students were told to "pack their bags" and get to the coast to escape - Australia was under attack! With their 'housemate' they rushed to pack a suitcase and backpack before hitchhiking to Sydney. Unfortunately, the car they were in broke down and they had to continue on foot, ditching their suitcase. There were some very emotional goodbyes to the pets that got brought along. Eventually, they made it to the coast and had to fit into a cramped boat while a massive storm raged around them. As the boat took on water they had to work together to lighten the load and choose the 20 most essential items to keep - everything else went overboard! Thankfully they were able to make it to a nearby country (although some groups were very hungry by this stage!).