John Hunter Hospital School
Connect & Discover
This beautiful project is for John Hunter Hospital School. We were asked to do the illustrations to refresh the characters for each learning disposition of resilient, motivated, curious, open-minded and the represent them all coming together in the learning pit (the classroom the children learn in whilst in hospital receiving care and for their siblings). The Learner Disposition gives a clear idea of the lessons and activities that are taught to the students. This project was a collaborate project with our creative Clare.
Gather & Create
The journey behind the creations of the characters was a process of working together to gather a direction of style, colour, feel that was able to connect with the range of students from Kindergarten to Year 12 that learn within the school. Clare started out with sketches on paper to get them outlined, and then we worked together to digitalise them, and I vectorized them and brought through the cultural motif in the background.
Motivation is such an important characteristic to have. It’s the compass in getting from one learning to the next for students at the John Hunter Hospital School. To be motivated means you can plan and organize your learning by setting goals, thus connecting what you learned before and what goals you have in the future.
The ‘Wandaayali’ echidna embodies motivation because of its determination in the bush when it comes to gathering food, making use of how their bodies are designed to to get even the hardest to reach food. They have an interesting ability to choose habitats carefully during hot summers and very cold winters.
At John Hunter Hospital School, motivation is shown in a class by working on setting goals, and doing it on their own! It helps as it teaches to set goals for future learning. Accountability is also instilled because the students are taught to keep working on their goals even when nobody is watching.
Motivated Wandaayali 'Echidna'
CURIOUS WILAY ‘POSSUM’
The curiosity of the Wilay is what John Hunter Hospital School aims for, for the students to stay interested inside and outside the classroom. The possum is perfect for this disposition because it has the ability to explore different places to become their home.
To stay curious means someone always wants to learn more by asking questions. It’s being excited to try and learn new things while thinking of the whole process as an adventure. There’s also a thirst for learning and a willingness to expand horizons by pursuing passions.
When you are open-minded, you get to welcome so many perspectives that helps you to understand the world around you even more. It helps you to learn more from other people’s knowledge and learning experiences. There really is something that we can learn from one another!
The open-minded disposition is symbolized by the Gugubarra ‘Kookaburra’. Did you know, that even if they naturally reside in the wild, Gugabarra-galang are also capable of living alongside humans? They can be seen in suburban areas! It shows their willingness to adapt, and in their own way, shows how they can see in different perspectives.
Open-mindedness is such a beautiful disposition to have. It shows a person is capable of respect in differences, cooperation, collaboration and is flexible in thinking. It’s important to for John Hunter Hospital School to teach open-mindedness to the children to help them see the world and open up to different possibilities and learnings.
OPEN-MINDED GUGUBARRA ‘KOOKABURRA’
LEARNING PIT BURRALGANG ‘BROLGA’
Finally, we have the Burralgang ‘brolga’ that brings all four dispositions together. The Brolga can be seen holding each animals’ symbols as a way of gathering them all in full circle. The Brolga is the one that holds each disposition close. It best describes the teacher’s role in this dynamic.
Share & Embrace
Seeing the end results of the characters come to life, featuring different quirks, qualities, and tools was amazing. What makes us happier to know that the kids love them all to, and everyone has a favourite that connects to them. I’d like to express our gratitude to John Hunter Hospital School for trusting us on this wonderful project! We hope the students love having them all become a part of their learnings. As they have already shared that they will be seen on stickers, on the walls in the classrooms, on certificates etc.