Meeting Aunty Margaret Brodie
During a College visit to Lartelare Park in Yertabulti (Port Adelaide) earlier this school year, we were deeply moved by a child who spoke to Aunty Margaret Brodie, promising to preserve her family’s story. To honour this promise, we created a unique musical production called ‘Dear Kudlyo’ ¹ that allowed us to explore an important story while fostering a sense of custodianship and environmental care among our children. The goal of the performance was not only to entertain, but also establish a deep connection between the story, the performers and the audience.
Creating a musical
Throughout the process of creating this musical, our young performers demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm in music, drama and dance, which was truly awe-inspiring. They poured their hearts and souls into the story, shedding tears of anger and outrage as they internalised its powerful message. Their efforts paid off when they took the stage and delivered an outstanding performance. Despite the irony of the bustling traffic, rumbling trains and towering two-story houses, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the performers and the audience.
Project Work at Ngutu College
‘Dear Kudlyo’ was the result of countless hours of conversations, excursions, explorations and learning within our groups. It was at the core of our Project Work lens for 2022, which drew inspiration from the picture book ‘Dear Earth’ by Isabel Otter. At Ngutu College, Project Work is an interdisciplinary approach that encourages authentic inquiry into questions, problems and provocations. ‘Dear Kudlyo’ serves as a shining example of what can be achieved when children’s voices and concerns drive inspiration.