Term One Featured Resource: Close the Gap
In 2014, National Close The Gap Day (NCTGD) is being held at schools across Australian on Thursday March 20th.
The Close the Gap campaign has generated enormous support from the Australian community – including many students and teachers around the country. But with so much more to do to end this health crisis, we can’t stop now!
Below you’ll find links to the newly updated materials for 2014, including the NTCGD Student Kit, Action Guide, Activity Ideas PowerPoint and more, to support all participating Australian schools.
Designed for all age levels, the kit encourages students to become actively involved in planning and running their own NCTGD event. We’ve also provided materials to help teachers incorporate Close the Gap themes into their classroom activities prior to and after the day.
Your mission for Term One: Take the 30 for 2030 Challenge!
Take the 30 for 2030 Challenge and collect 30 signatures from family, friends, teachers, workmates and the community (if they are over 18, that is better). To ensure continued funding and priority of Indigenous health during this election year and beyond, we are asking supporters to collect 30 names on the ‘Take 30 for 2030’ Challenge pledge form in support of the Close the Gap campaign. By getting involved you can increase the pressure on the government to make sure the next four years are funded. The next page will show you how you can actually make a massive impact – and it is super easy!
Teachers: Please print/photocopy the forms and distribute them to the student body. Ask them to return them to you by March 21st, and then collect them and return them to us by March 31st.
Send completed pledge forms by post to:
Close the Gap Campaign
132 Leicester Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Alternatively, you can and email them to: email@example.com
Close the Gap with a snap
Take our Instagram student photo challenge!
During March 17-21, Australian high school students who post photos on Instagram that reflect five NCTGD themes will be in the running to win great prizes. It’s a great way for kids to engage with and explore Close the Gap themes in an easy, fun and creative way using ICT in schools.
Our ‘no-faces photo policy’ means the privacy and identity of all children participating in the challenge is protected.
To play the Close the Gap Day Instagram Student Photo Challenge, there are just four super-easy steps:
- Follow @closethegapcampaign on Instagram
- Every day between March 17 and 21, students just check what the daily theme is and take a photo! The five themes are 3 things: Red, yellow and black; Gap; 2030; The big day; and Equal.
- Once they’ve snapped their masterpiece it’s time to show us! Student just upload the photo to Instagram, apply a fantastic filter, add a caption.
- This next bit is super important: Make sure they use the hashtag #ctgstudents in the caption so we know the photo is part of the competition.
At the end of every day, team National Close the Gap Day will go through the photos shared and give a shout out to our four favourite photos – The Daily Deadly Four. They’ll be insta-famous!
PLUS every student or school whose photo is featured will go into the running to win some fantastic prizes at the end of the week, including:
- A signed football and poster from Australian of the Year Adam Goodes
- A year’s supply of fair-trade chocolate (52 blocks, don’t eat it all at once!)
- A John Butler Trio and Dan Sultan Pack – including signed copies of their bran’ spanking new albums, a JBT t-shirt and a Close the Gap t-shirt
- A Elefant Traks Pack – including albums from Jimblah, Sietta, Horrorshow, The Tongue and Urthboy, plus a hoodie and a couple of t-shirts for good measure
- A signed AFL jumper from the GWS Giants
- And some goodies from the NRL
Click here for more info, including challenge rules and suggestions on how themes can be interpreted.
You will be posted some free Close the Gap materials including posters, stickers, the 2014 Close Gap DVD and other printed material. Additional printed resources can be ordered online. The NCTGD student kit tells you everything you need to know to run a successful event in your school. The kit can be downloaded below:
- Watch the Close the Gap animation
- Download the updated student kit (PDF 3MB)
- Download our activity ideas (PDF 3MB)
- Download the NCTGD Action Guide (PDF 1MB)
- Watch Upwey High School’s Close the Gap event
- Close the Gap resources: petitions, pledges and merchandise
Download materials for use in the classroom from the list below.
- Close the Gap Video (When you register you will also receive a DVD in your schools pack)
- Close the Gap Video worksheet (Word 1.6MB or PDF)
- Personal stories on Close the Gap issues (Word 56 kb)
- Images that tell the Close the Gap story (powerpoint 4.5MB or PDF 1.5MB)
- Useful links related to Close the Gap (PDF 815kb)
- Photo release form (PDF 27kb)
- Close the Gap resources: petitions, pledges and merchandise
Australian Curriculum relevance
Learning resources have been produced to assist teachers integrate National Close the Gap Day in the classroom and address learning outcomes.
The resources are aligned to the new Australian Curriculum Cross-curricular priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Please find more information here.
The learning resources can also be incorporated across subjects and learning areas such as English, Society and Environment, Health, Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Art, Social Justice and Indigenous Studies.
Teaching resources submitted by supporters
These great resources have been provided by supporters of the Close the Gap campaign
- Close the Gap – a one size fits all lesson (Word 19kb)
- A Q&A on Indigenous life expectancy (PDF 61kb)
- Presentation – Stereotyping Aboriginal Australians (PPT 1MB)
- Presentation – the facts on Indigenous health exposed (PDF 1MB)
Oxfam speakers at your school
Please be aware that the Speaker’s Bureau requires three weeks notice to find an available speaker. While we try and send a speaker to most requests, we are not always able to meet requests due to limited resources.