Band 6 Go Back to Where you Came From + My Place

          Due to the innate nature of discovery, it becomes an intrinsic urge for man to explore and to be enlightened by an intense journey that can shift or challenge perspectives on the individual and their society. Discovery as a transformative process has the ability to influence an individual’s perception of … Continue reading Band 6 Go Back to Where you Came From + My Place

Band 5/6 Discovery :: Away + Into the Wild

“How do composers show us different perspectives of discovery through their texts?” The texts of “Away" by Michael Gow and "Into the Wild” (2007) by Sean Penn explore the universal idea of discovery through the concept of retrospect and its link with time whereby our greatest discoveries are often too late.  However time is not … Continue reading Band 5/6 Discovery :: Away + Into the Wild

Band 6 Discovery Tempest + Gran Turino + Feature Article

                Discoveries, driven by wonder or necessity, can be challenging and confronting, compelling people to leave their comfort zones. Consequently, they prepare to sacrifice the old to embrace the new, transforming and gaining new insights on themselves and the world around them. “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare (1611) … Continue reading Band 6 Discovery Tempest + Gran Turino + Feature Article

Band 6 Peter Skzynecki – Perfect Chinese Children

“An individual’s connection with a community can deepen or restrict their sense of belonging” Discuss this view with reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing Belonging initially appears to be a simplistic allegiance to social, cultural, personal and historical ties. However, a closer analysis of texts reveal how … Continue reading Band 6 Peter Skzynecki – Perfect Chinese Children

Band 5/6 Creative – A Visit to the Past (Cricket) Narrative

Looking outside his sumptuous and palatial vehicle a smattering of pink, brown hands splattered across the window panes of his Jaguar. Zahir experienced simultaneously, the conflicting emotions of contentment and anxiety. Rain and darkness spread through the throng surrounding him, the streaks smeared by the excitement of hands and wide, grinning faces. He exits, and … Continue reading Band 5/6 Creative – A Visit to the Past (Cricket) Narrative

Band 6 Peter Skryznecki with Veils and Vegemite

Poem 1   The poem Feliks Skrzynecki examines the duality of the poet’s father in influencing his sense of identity, but regrettably reveals the inevitability of their estranged relationship. Initially, Skrzynecki clearly demonstrates the nurturing relationship with his father Feliks in, “I remember words he taught me,” accentuating the significance of his father’s influence in … Continue reading Band 6 Peter Skryznecki with Veils and Vegemite

Band 5 Dickinson, with Bhutan Feature Article

An individual’s perception of their belonging is influenced by their interaction with the wider world. This leads them to face and overcome obstacles and to make choices, and thus accordingly gain personal insight and self discovery.  Due to the notion of belonging being such an intrinsic human need, texts such as Emily Dickinson’s poems “I … Continue reading Band 5 Dickinson, with Bhutan Feature Article