IGS student sleuths head to Tasmania to ‘write the island’

Close to 100 Year 10 IGS students are embarking on a week-long trip to Tasmania to ‘write the island’ and produce a work of crime fiction. 

‘Tasmania – Writing the Island’ is part of IGS’s innovative SAGE Program, a project in limitless learning, and a unique curriculum offering from Year 7-10. SAGE stands for Student choice, Authentic learning, Global relevance and Exhibitions of learning.

This is the first year that the Year 10 ‘Tasmania – Writing the Island’ project is taking place. It will see the students immersed in a new collaborative learning experience that will challenge them outside the usual bounds of learning, encouraging them to develop skills in new settings.

“I want all of our students to have this life changing experience. I want them to travel through the beautiful island of Tasmania and come to know the place at this formative moment in their lives,” said Shauna Colnan, IGS Principal.

The students depart Sydney on 14 November and in different groups, they will explore different areas of Tasmania, including Hobart, Port Arthur, Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Students will discover the history and natural beauty of the island through outdoor activities, such as hiking and kayaking, and cultural site visits. They will also explore creative ways of capturing the essence of the island, using digital media, visual arts, drama and music.

The final product will be a multimedia crime fiction story grounded in the history and geography of Tasmania.

To assist their storytelling while in Tasmania, students will work alongside professionals in the fields of literature, drama and music:

  • Dr Felicity Plunkett and JC Burke, both published and well-known Australian writers, will be teaching students about narrative and composition
  • Donna Abela, professional playwright, will be assisting with the verbatim theatre project
  • IGS composer in residence, Margie Smith, will support students with the composition of an original piece of music

Find out more about the unique IGS SAGE Program.