As part of the Australian Education Union Gonski road trip, this “Gonski relay torch” was made, to pass from Victoria to NSW. This morning teachers and parents from Victoria came together on the old Mildura Bridge bordering NSW & Victoria to pass the torch.
The Gonski torch represents the opportunity all governments have to address the widening gap between our gifted and talented and our most disadvantaged students. Let’s keep the flame alive!
The torch is fuelled by citronella oil, a cool to warm flame that keeps those annoying insects at bay who aim to deny our children a quality education.
It’s a copper torch surrounded by six Gonski hands moulded from different materials representing various levels of disadvantage in our society.
The zinc anneal hand is painted using an Aboriginal dot painting design to represent our Australian cultural heritage. The torch stem is wrapped in red, yellow and black rope representing the sunburnt land the torch will travel, the sun itself and our nations Indigenous people.
The torch is finished with quandong seed tassels, the quandong being a unique native Australian fruit. Traditionally used as a food source but also for medicinal purposes, the quandong seeds represent the eager young minds of our students hanging by a thread in the hope that all governments of our nation will guarantee the Gonski agreements and provide a truly world class, quality education for every child.
The AEU Gonski van will relay the torch from town to town highlighting the need for increased funding to raise the quality of education across Australia. Today the Torch covered 300 kms from Mildura Victoria to Hay NSW, passed from teacher to parent, parent to teacher, activists across NSW will keep the flame alive for as long as it takes to have all governments fulfill their responsibility to provide the best quality education for all our children.
Brett Bertalli – NSW Teachers Federation