Middle School History

In August Sydney-based performer Brett Hunt delivered two historical stage shows to the Years 9 and 10 cohorts.

For Year 9 students he performed ‘World War I: Fighting the Kaiser’, which highlights the physical and psychological impact that this war had on the soldiers who survived it. Over several years Brett has created an 8,000-word script entirely based on primary source documents, and he brings this to life using his wonderful flair as a theatrical performer.

For Year 10 students he delivered ‘Vietnam: Dusted Off’, which tells his own very personal story of the Vietnam War. Brett is the son of the Australian soldier on whom John Schumann based his well-known song I was only 19. In the style of a radio play combining storytelling, music and audio effects, Brett examined the nature of soldiers’ experiences in Vietnam and the great challenges faced by his family following the return of his father, who was badly wounded.

Both shows had a strong impact on our pupils and illuminated their classroom learning in a powerful way.

Mr Carey
Head of History