In 2013 CAN worked with Quairading District High School, who were celebrating their centenary, to tell the stories from its history through a series of animated short films. After engaging the wider community to share their stories, students brought them to life with animation artist Steven Aiton.
The animations portrayed Noongar dreamtime stories, experiences of students throughout the school’s 100-year history, and the moving and historical account of local Noongar Elder, John Kickett.
John Kickett fought to have his children attend the local state school in the early 1900s and the animation shows how his efforts helped to end segregated education in Western Australia.
The process of gathering and animating these stories strengthened the relationship between local Elders and the school and in turn students acquired a real sense of how important these stories are to their community and the depth of their town’s history.
The project also gave students and teachers new digital animation skills and gave them new ways to use the technology already available at the school including iPads, digital cameras and light boxes.
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