Activity 1a: Understanding the Concepts of Discrimination and Segregation

This tuning in activity allows students to get a sense of the discrimination and segregation that some Aboriginal children experienced in the country towns of northern New South Wales in the 1960s. 

Resources Required

  • Storyboard Proforma [Word doc]
  • digital camera(s) with video and audio capacity
  • computers with audio capacity
  • video editing software, for example Windows Movie Maker 


Students create short video role plays in response to the scenario below. The role plays should be no longer than 3–5 minutes.


All the classes in the school are going to the local swimming pool on Friday for a swim and picnic, but our class is not allowed to go. The pool manager says that this is because we are ‘different’ from other people. He says the decision is final and there is nothing we can do to change it.

Ask the students:

  • How would this situation make you feel?
  • What would you do to change this situation?

Ask students to brainstorm their ideas, and then organise and plan them using the Handout: Storyboard Proforma [Word doc]. Each student is expected to take an active role in the creation of their video role-play.  

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People Power Introduction1. Aboriginal Rights

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