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19 Sep

Bringing Learning to Life in Year 9

Mr Robert Keenan, a Melton Christian College parent, addressed the students on his experiences as a former Police officer (RUC) in Belfast during ‘The Troubles’ of the 1970’s. This was a time where there was great division and conflict in Northern Ireland as a result of political and religious beliefs. Mr. Keenan shared with the cohort obstacles that he and his family faced in a time of terror and conflict. 

The talk consolidated our current unit of study in Year 9 English which is Conformity vs Individuality. It was a real privilege hearing his journey and making character and plot connections with the play Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard. It is a rare opportunity for students to meet members of their own community who would have lived and served during a historical time period depicted in one of their literary texts. 

Mr. Dionysiou, Secondary English Teacher

It was a great opportunity for us to meet someone who lived during the very difficult Troubles and then relate it back to our text study. Elizabeth Conde, Year 9 Student

It was so courageous of Mr Keenan to share his experiences with us. Jason Toor, Year 9 Student

War and conflict impacts those involved in so many ways. The talk enabled us to think about conflicts around the world and make connections to our own families and their journeys. Melody Ho¸ Year 9 Student

I was intrigued listening to his story and making real life connections to the text. Shelby Dedman, Year 9 Student