‘Words with Wings’ was a partnership with artist Kate Gorringe-Smith and Point Cook College, a culturally diverse school community where sixty-one different languages are spoken.

This print-based environmental art and storytelling project weaves student's family stories of migration with those of the migratory shorebirds that depend on Point Cook’s local habitat.

Words with Wings explores important human issues: why must some animals (including humans) travel to find a home? What makes a home? What are the 'how’s, whys and challenges' of migration?

Students created a collaborative migration story through poetry and prose and linocut prints to illustrate their stories in book form - ‘Rosie Wonders’. Students then developed Rosie Wonders as a performance piece to share with their community.

The purpose of this project was to increase student connections beyond school to allow for the development of a broader social conscience and intercultural capabilities through authentic engagement practices; nurturing empathy in children for those who have faced the challenges of migrating from other countries. In a largely digital world, we hope children will learn to look up and read the sky, read the birds and have more empathy for the world in which they live.

Words with Wings was part of the Creative Learning Partnerships program.