CARINYA Christian School’s Performing Arts Centre featured a special display by Year 8 students last Tuesday.
Peter Weary, the school’s head of middle school, said up to 60 students had participated in the FlashPoint Expo – the fourth one held by the school.
The FlashPoint Expo is conducted each year by all of the Year 8 students as part of their Human Society in its Environment subject, encompassing their history/geography unit.
Mr Weary said a FlashPoint moment in history was when a person, group or event had had a significant impact on the modern world.
“In a sense, they’ve got a free choice of what they want to do – within a framework there’s a free choice,” he said.
He said students had done displays this year on surrealist painter Pablo Picasso, fast food chain McDonald’s, the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre, the invention of the sewing machine, Mohammed Ali and the Gutenberg printing press.
“It is really interesting and the kids do some amazing work,” Mr Weary said.
“It brings the kids out of their shells. They do get quite enthused, particularly at the end when it all comes together (for the display).”
Students set up the display in the morning, with the display then open to classes after lunch until the end of the school day.
The expo was also open to the public on Tuesday night.
“It is always a great night where the school community gets together to see the work that students have done on the topic of their choice,” Mr Weary said.