On 22nd August 2017, Certificate III and Certificate IV in EAL students went on an excursion to the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. The purpose of the excursion was for the Certificate III
students to investigate Australian Art and Culture (VU21473) and Certificate IV students to do researches on their essay topics (VU21511).
In the morning, we had a look around in the State Library. The students were impressed with the design of the building which was established in 1854. We visited a few exhibitions in there. We first visited Cowen Gallery exhibition where students explored aspects of Victoria’s rich history in scenes of European settlement, early Melbourne streetscapes and portraits of some of Australia’s most influential figures. Then we visited The changing face of Victoria, which was a remarkable exhibition where students discovered the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. At the end, some students decided to play a game of chess to see who the master is.
In the afternoon, we headed to Melbourne Museum in the Carlton Gardens. It is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. We spent a few hours exploring the natural and cultural history of Australia. Some of
the exhibitions we visited included Science and Life Gallery, Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Buok. First Peoples, Marine Life, etc.
Overall, the students had lovely day exploring and were able to become familiar with different aspects of Australian art and culture.