When teaching social education it is important to make our teaching as relevant as possible to students' lives. One way to do this is to recognise special days that are important for our society. To mark these days as important, many schools undertake ceremonies or actions that allow students to act out their citizenship role.
On this website there are some suggestions for taking such citizen actions and also ideas for making connections to curriculum topics.
The following websites are general in nature, but usually organised by months of the year.
Naidoc Week 2-9 July 2017 ' Our Languages Matter'
19th/2/2017- 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin on 19th February, which began 24 months of attacks on Australian soil by the Japanese in 1942-3. Many Australians do not know that World War 2 came to our shores, but others believe that this meant that the Japanese intended to invade Australia. This has since been discounted. See the following websites: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs195.aspx; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/darwin-bombing-75th-anniversary-commemorations/8284088 (Note that Japanese dignitaries were invited to the ceremony)
8th March 2017- International Women's Day to remind us to look beyond our shores at stereotyping, violence and discrimination in different settings globally. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme; https://unwomen.org.au/campaign/international-womens-day-2017/?gclid=Cj0KEQiA88TFBRDYrOPKuvfY2pIBEiQA97Z8MWqkWeUZT2Td8kTTNxlGOmiXz8RD-xems5uT6xx-2zMaAkHp8P8HAQ – “Empower a woman, empower a nation”
8th World Oceans Day: http://www.worldoceansday.org/about
June 18-24 - Refugee Week aims to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees, and to celebrate the positive contributions refugees have made to Australian society. The content and teaching materials in our new Refugees Resource Package will support teachers in exploring these themes with upper primary and secondary students."