I thought having the speakers was a very good experience. Rob, Pam and Tony all gave us their own encounters and stories on war, suffering and death.
I quite enjoyed when Tony told us that when he was in Vietnam on R&R, people would assume he had been through hell and had the toughest times in his life, but Tony knew it was nothing compared to what other people went through. He told us that whilst serving in Vietnam if a guy gets wounded a chopper can come get you in 20 minutes and take you straight to a hospital, while soldiers serving in WW1 would spend hours, possibly days lying wounded and dieing in No Man’s Land.
It is knowledge that gives us the power to change the world for a better place. Not just knowledge, but wisdom, how we use that knowledge for a greater good. The speakers told us their experience and one day we could use that knowledge and experiences to benefit someone or something else.
Dear VCE 'Encountering Conflict' students,
This is a space for you to practise different forms of writing and responding to set prompts. When you write a piece you will need to indicate whether you are using The Secret River or The Rugmaker to inform your writing. You also need to provide a mini statement of explanation that outlines form, audience, purpose and context.
You will also be expected to read each others' work and use the comments feature and DIIGO (a web tool useful for conferencing) to provide feedback to each other. When conferencing you can comment about what is working well in the piece, areas for improvement and how you can see the prompt and nominated text influencing the piece. Due to this you might need to edit a post you have submitted so label each edit as post 1, post 2, etc.