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Classroom resources for 2022 Refugee Week

Refugee Week celebrates the positive contributions that refugees have made to Australian society and raises awareness about issues affecting refugees.

Running from 19 – 25 June, the 2022 theme is Healing. Speaking to this year’s theme, the Refugee Council of Australia explains that: ‘Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and also through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.’

The unique first-person storytelling in short-form series Woven Threads: Stories from Afar makes it a powerful resource for building students’ understanding of – and empathy with – refugee experiences. Eight refugees who arrived in Australia through varied circumstances share their stories in their own words, with their narration set against evocative animations. Find the series in the ACTF Shop.

Our free Woven Threads Teaching Toolkit supports teachers in exploring key themes from the series, including migration, intercultural communication, diverse viewpoints and the importance of education. The resource contains curriculum-mapped learning tasks for Year 5-10 students, linking to content in English, Health and Physical Education, History, Media Arts and the general capabilities.  

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August 1st 2022

Academy Award winner Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia to be adapted for television

The Oscar-winning team behind The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and producer Sophie Byrne, has joined forces with Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale from animation studio Flying Bark Productions to develop an animated series based on Shaun’s bestselling illustrated book Tales from Outer Suburbia.

August 1st 2022

Record ACTF investment into new children’s content

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) has committed a record $9.6 million to the development and production of new children’s content since receiving additional funding.

July 27th 2022

New resource supports teachers to explore consent and identity in the classroom

Secondary teachers across Australia now have access to a new resource to safely explore challenging topics with teenage students, including consent and respectful relationships.

July 26th 2022

Virtual workshop recordings now live

During Term 2, the ACTF learning team delivered two live virtual workshops exploring the impact of light and colour in television series and a behind-the-scenes look at the series Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers. These recordings and resources are now available to view and explore on our website.

July 20th 2022

Series spotlight: The Genie from Down Under

As part of the ACTF’s 40-year anniversary celebrations, we’re looking back and shining a spotlight on 12 of our most iconic programs. In this article, we look back on The Genie from Down Under: a quintessentially Australian, one-of-a-kind comedy series.

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