Architecture – Anna McDougall
A busy day for the future Architects of the world! After orientation at the Wilkinson Building, we began with a visualisation exercise. Students were asked to close their eyes and picture the place they call home.
Students then sketched the place they visualised. Students drew perspectives, sections and elevations and were encouraged to be as creative as possible when creating their masterpiece. Then came the big presentations! Each student was given the chance to present the place they call home and received questions and critiques from their peers.
In the afternoon we traded pens and paper for water bottles and hats and braved the heat to go an explore Victoria Park. The students received mini lectures along the way from Annie (Bachelor of Architecture – who has written a thesis on design engagement and consultation based on Victoria Park and is a PhD candidate), Michael (University of Sydney Lecturer) and Dorsey Smith (Master of Fine Arts) about the history of the area.
This site visit was an important step to start creating ideas for the proposition they will work on in the studio in the coming days. After returning to the Wilkinson Building, we heard from current students about what led them to study Architecture at the University of Sydney. What’s next? Site visits to two community centres and a real life architectural firm!
Education and Social Work – Francis Floresca
Monday was nothing short of amazing for the Year 11 and 12 group introduced to the wonders of the School of Education and Social Work.
The students were given the opportunity to meet and learn about each other in a “gamified” way.
Led by Dr Belinda Chambers, the BB team used a range of teaching strategies, such as pictionary and strength cards, to help each other to think about their motivations for wanting to explore education and social work. We listed the qualities that make a great educator and social worker.
The day’s highlight came when students participated in a series of dramatic exercises led by the wonderful Dr Alison O’Grady and a handpicked team of her students.
The group engaged in a couple of fun games that “warmed them up” before bringing to life the scenes and sounds from Jeannie Baker’s picture book – The Story of Rosy Dock. The first full day ended with everyone feeling rather positive and excited for what is yet to come.