We were very lucky to have 5 people come to speak to us to help us answer our essential question "How has family life changed?" Brian, Chris, Wes, Amy and Colin came to tell us about their family life and their views about changes to family life over the years.
Brian, Dylan's papa, spoke to us about growing up in India. We were very lucky to see what amazing artistic talents he has too - he can draw with two hands- AT ONCE!!! He told us stories about going to boarding school when he was 6 years old and how all the students had to have an adult go with them to the toilet to check that snakes weren't coiled around the bottom of it!!!!!
Chris spoke to us about family life in Sri Lanka (which was called Ceylon when he was born). He told us how there was a civil war at the time when he was born and that when his mum and dad tried to escape they were stopped at the airport by armed guards who made them turn around and go back to their house. He also told us how his family moved to Darwin and lost almost everything they owned when Cyclone Tracy hit. The picture is one of his grandfather riding at the airport.
Wes told us how it took 6 months by boat to arrive in Australia from Egypt. He also wrote his 2 favourite words on the board that he wants us to remember...GRATITUDE and DETERMINATION! He said that if we remember these words, anything is possible. He also told us how he only learned to speak English once he started school and that in Year 11, his teacher told his parents that he would have to repeat... but Wes knew he was smarter than that and didn't want to repeat, so he studied really hard and in Year 12, was DUX of his school!
Amy brought in a bag of things that reminded her of growing up and of her family. She showed us her version of 'google'... a dictionary 🙂 She also brought in books she read and games that she played. Amy reminded us that there are some things that she did that we still do in families now (read, play, holiday, eat etc) however there are also things that have changed (computers, Wii etc). Amy showed us her stamp collection. When she was younger,s he collected stamps from all over the world!
Colin spoke to us about what it was like growing up in World War 2! He told us he had to go on rations and that he could only buy 1 egg, 3 rashes of bacon, 1/3 block of cheese and 1 bag of jelly beans that had to last him a month! He also told us that there were 40 people in his class (25 boys and 15 girls!) Colin brought in a picture of his family as well as the passport he had to carry at all times during and after the war.
We learned SO much from our guest speakers.
THANK YOU Brian, Chris, Wes, Amy and Colin for sharing your stories with us!