Sharing research through art

The IGS Library was home to some spectacular creative works of Year 6 students as part of their Independent Research Task earlier this term.

As the centrepiece of project-based learning for Year 6 studies at IGS, students took on the IRT deep learning challenge in Term 3.

The challenge included:

  • an information report that answered their own questions about a particular area of interest
  • an original narrative based on their topic area
  • a Fine Arts piece that reflected their research
  • a thorough bibliography
  • an IRT Journal that contained reflections on their IRT journey
  • a creative Google Slides presentation
  • an optional extra review based on a text connected with their chosen topic.

Various Fine Arts pieces were recently on display for students of all ages to enjoy, such as Imani the African rhino, which was assembled and knitted by Gemma Barker-Tomkins.

Gemma’s project focused on endangered rhinos and what can be done to save them. She named the rhino Imani as it “means belief and faith in Swahili”.


“I used paper shreddings in plastic bags, which I molded with masking tape, supporting the legs with timber,” Gemma said.

“I then covered him in tinfoil and a thick layer of plaster bandages, which I then covered in rainbow finger-knitting.

“Then I added finishing touches like blue felt ears, marble eyes and a knitted tail.”

Coincidentally, South Australia’s Monarto Zoo welcomed the birth of a newborn southern white rhino calf earlier this week, also named Imani.

South Australian zoos like Monarto have joined The Australian Rhino Project, which plans to bring a large number of rhinos to Australia in the next few years, with the hope of bringing a rhino sanctuary to life at Monarto Zoo.

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