Secondary Teaching ideas

 

DonateLife, www.donatelife.gov.au/home the website of The Australian Governments’ Organ and Tissue Authority resources are recommended in the lessons.

Encourage students to explore the site in pairs on classroom computers, personal laptops or in the library. Ask them to choose a section to explore and then provide feedback to the class.

Ken Murray, Principal of Wanganui Park Secondary College, Victoria

I am the Principal at Wanganui Park SC in Shepparton.  We were fortunate to have Allan Turner visit the school and speak to all students and staff at a full school assembly (1200 people).  Allan’s presentation was a very moving and emotional one, and the audience was taken aback with the powerful message he delivered.

Our students are now far more aware of the importance of organ donation, and many took the opportunity to register as an organ and tissue donor in the weeks following Allan’s visit. Importantly Allan’s message is an uplifting one, encouraging people to make the most of their opportunities in life. A highlight of Allan’s visit was his unveiling of the ‘Zaidee motorbike’ as he rode across the stadium floor to applause from the audience.

Following Allan’s presentation, the school was involved in fund-raising for the foundation and this was done through the selling of Rainbow laces. Our student forum also initiated the idea of printed coffee mugs with Zaidee’s image and rainbow logo on them, which were sold to staff at the school.  We also had an out-of-uniform day where students were encouraged to dress up in colours of the rainbow and to make a gold coin donation towards the Foundation.

Zaidee’s brother, Jaz, is a current student of our school and we continue to follow with interest the development of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.

I would encourage all schools to contact Allan to discuss ways where the issue of organ and tissue donation can be addressed. I know that in this school community Allan’s involvement has made a real difference and I am confident that others would also benefit from learning more about the Foundation.