Extra Activities

Indigenous Studies

The Mobile Classroom.

"Can we take our shoes off?" The year three children were standing on some boulders next to a shallow creek on an excursion from Mount Evelyn Christian School. They were entranced, watching the crystal clear water swirling around the rocks and gurgling over the stones. The creek bed seemed to wriggle in the sunlight. Soon they were feeling the cold of the stream around their ankles and the bumpiness of the pebbles under their bare feet. The excitement of being involved in real experiences of God’s creation is the most meaningful way to learn.

Moving children to real situations, rather than just sitting in a classroom has always been an aim of MECS. This ‘Mobile Classroom’ provides the vital ingredient ‘being there’, not just book learning. The reporting, poems, stories and art work developed back in the classroom reflect the richness of a deepening understanding of the topic and our knowledge of God

Aboriginal Studies.

These are introduced in Senior Primary as history in the making, then taken up in more depth in years nine and ten.

Integral Studies.

MECS uses an Integral Curriculum. All of life is seen as a whole. Sacred and Secular are not separate activities. Art, Science, History, Language and Maths are some facets or components of God's world. All of life comes from God, must be dedicated to God, and lived in His service.
Justice.

God wants His people "to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God.” 200 years ago, white people took away the land which had belonged to the Aborigines. They took more, they took their home, their source and focus of their life, their everlasting spirit. Many aborigines were wiped out. In the enlightened 20th Century, their children were stolen from their families to be taught white mans ways on settlements away from their own culture. Today some land is being given back, but it is generally the poorer land, not suitable for grazing pasture. Visits by students to the Land Council and the Aboriginal Radio Station (CAAMA) provide a contrast with the idea of Aborigines being drunken and aimless low achievers. Students get a first hand view of their warmth, their openness and willingness to share their lives.

The Warlpiri language.

A second language has traditionally been taught in schools so students may develop their reasoning powers and get a greater understanding of the structures of their native tongue.
The Warlpiri language itself is complex, demanding and capable of subtlety.
To begin to understand the Aboriginal culture, the study of Warlpiri in year ten allows an indepth investigation of very different cultural norms and the value systems of that people.
The disadvantages of learning a minority language in its lack of future use are outweighed by the improved enlightenment it gives in a unique and valuable curriculum offering.