Cultural expression, language and spirituality explored

Year 10 have studied and improvised around the play The 7 Stages of Grieving, by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman.

“Students have analysed how the forms and features of the play have been employed for purpose and effect,” said Teacher Megan Sampson.

“The depth study of The 7 Stages of Grieving exposes students to the experiences and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in historical and social contexts and the links between cultural expression, language and spirituality.”

“The play is a living document and was last extended in 2002. Therefore, for the formative task, students researched events post 2002 that have challenged and strengthened the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and composed scenes that could potentially be added to the play.

“Some of the events of note they explored were the election of Linda Burney, the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, the closing of the climb at Uluru in 2019, and Ken Wyatt, in 2019, becoming the first Indigenous person to be appointed Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

“In the style of the play, students composed poems, songs, monologues and digital projections. Their work is reflective of the reverence and respect with which they have approached this unit and the insight and substantial knowledge they have taken from it.”

Coco performs her formative task in the video below.

Flynn Quigley performs his formative task in the video below.