In 2011, Governor Stirling Senior High School was split into two campuses to cater for redevelopment of the original school site. Years 8 to 10 were housed at the old Midland Primary School site and Years 11 and 12 at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.
The AIR project was viewed as an opportunity to document the school’s challenging cultural shift during the relocation of its students and the redevelopment of the site. Exploring the themes of identity, change and community, the Snapshots of Change AIR Project would provide an opportunity for the school to engage professional media artists to enhance curriculum delivery and pilot a range of teaching practices which would inform the school’s future Arts Media program.
Coordinated by Arts Media teacher Ms Lizzi Phillips and delivered with the guidance of artists-in-residence John Macliver and Steve Berrick, this multi-media project allowed for collaboration between staff, students and artists across many learning areas.
The project culminated in a one-night exhibition held in the Power House and Copper Shop at the Midland Atelier and supported by community partners FORM and the Midland Redevelopment Authority (now known as the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority). The exhibition not only showcased the artwork created during the project but was catered by the Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students.
As a direct result of her achievements in the AIR project, Miss Phillips was successfully nominated for a Sangora Education Foundation travel scholarship (for Innovation in Teaching) which enabled her to undertake a study tour during the 2011/2012 summer break. Lizzi was also nominated and short-listed for a 2011 Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, WA Education Award.
To read more about the Governor Stirling Senior High School AIR Project, download the 2010-2011 Case Study publication, Something in the AIR or the individual project chapter. Principal at the time of AiR project delivery: Dr Pasco PutrinoSchool Tel: (08) 6274 0300 or (08) 9379 5116
School profile available at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/schoolsonline/home.doAIR Project Coordinator: Miss Lizzi Phillips
Artists: John Macliver