Music has always been a wonderful vehicle through which people, both individually and communally, can find meaning, solace, peace, excitement, wonder, escape, etc.

In this blog you can share how you understand the idea of 'encountering conflict' through music. Using the shared class account you can contribute to creating an archive of songs that relate to the context. When you add a song to the playlist you will need to post a blog that outlines your reasons for presenting it. Where appropriate, quote lyrics in your discussion. If does not have what you want, write about your song and use a hyperlink to direct people to a place where they can access it. If you have original music that you would like to share has features that should allow you to upload it.

NB: You must adhere to copyright guidelines.

Thursday, March 8, 2012



Researching the Context and developing knowledge and ideas that you might use in your writing responses is crucial towards preparing for success in your Creating and Presenting SACs and the exam. Use the class handout to help begin your brainstorming and expansion of your conflict knowledge by researching texts, images, music and film.

To create Conflict Files develop four possibilities for writing pieces from your research:
  • Choose four prompts
  • Choose a text, image, song and film
  • Write about the links you can identify between your choices and the prompts
  • Write about the links you can identify between your choices and the set text
  • Write about the links you can identify between your choices and the Context
  • Come up with an idea for a writing piece and explain it in terms of FLAP+C
  • Present three quotes that you believe could work to enhance the writing piece
Publish your Conflict Files in the appropriate section of our Encountering Conflict Blog.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Salem Witch Trials - A Rock Opera

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This is an interesting piece of music and video inspired by the Salem witch trials and, most likely, The Crucible. When you create your writing pieces for the SAC and the exam you also need to be inspired by the set text. Your piece of writing must, in some way, draw from the set text and this connection must obvious to the reader. You need to embed a level of intertextuality within your writing that can be identified.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ebcountering Conflict in 2012



Reading and knowing your set texts well is vitally important to doing the best you can in SACs and the exam.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Family Portrait

In this song it demonstrates family conflict and conflict between two people, this song provides an insight to a child’s view on divorce. Reading the lyrics of this song carefully you see that the fight about everything “You fight about money, bout me and my brother” this isn’t good for young children to grow up with.

This song relates to the novel The Secret River by the family conflicts shown. Thornhill and Sal keep things from each other which in turn creates conflict.

Momma please stop cryin, I can’t stand the sound
Your pain is painful and its tearin' me down
I hear glasses breakin as I sit up in my bed
I told dad you didn’t mean those nasty things you said

You fight about money, bout me and my brother
And this I come home to, this is my shelter
It ain’t easy growin up in World War III
Never knowin what love could be, you’ll see
I don’t want love to destroy me like it has done
my family

Can we work it out? Can we be a family?
I promise I’ll be better, Mommy I’ll do anything
Can we work it out? Can we be a family?
I promise I’ll be better, Daddy please don’t

I ran away today, ran from the noise, ran away
Don’t wanna go back to that place, but don’t have
no choice, no way
It ain’t easy growin up in World War III
Never knowin what love could be, well I've seen
I don’t want love to destroy me like it did my

In our family portrait, we look pretty happy
Let’s play pretend, let's act like it comes
I don’t wanna have to split the holidays
I don’t want two addresses
I don’t want a step-brother anyways
And I don’t want my mom to have to change her
last name

By anonymous student

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pearljam - Given To Fly

Much like the Secret River, the Pearljam song Given to Fly has many similarities, especially to that of William Thornhill. “A bad time nothing could save him.
Alone in a corridor, waiting, locked out” can be closely referred to Thornhill in England when he was sentenced to be exiled to Australia. The corridor is much like his life, ‘locked’ out from society when he was convicted. When Thornhill decides to follow his instinct and discover land further in Australia. He finds himself discovering a new land which can relate to the lyrics “Deliver him wings, "Hey look at me now!". “He floated back down cause he wanted to share.This key to the locks, on the chains, he saw everywhere.But first he was stripped, and then he was stabbed by faceless men”, all these can relate to Blackwood and is how he showed the English what the aboriginals valued, further the lyrics resemble how the aboriginals reacted to the new settlers attacks and how some were treated by characters such as Smasher Sullivan. In the end of the book, Thornhill is happy yet is regretting some of the decisions he made, “And he still gets his love he just gives it away”. This resembles his take on life after he has made such a fortune from those who did not intend to harm him.

By Nick


Convict Maid

Ye London maids attend to me
While I relate my misery
Through London streets I oft have strayed
But now I am a Convict Maid

In innocence I once did live
In all the joy that peace could give
But sin my youthful heart betrayed
And now I am a Convict Maid

To wed my lover I did try
To take my master's property
So all my guilt was soon displayed
And I became a Convict Maid

Then I was soon to prison sent
To wait in fear my punishment
When at the bar I stood dismayed
Since doomed to be a Convict Maid

At length the Judge did me address
Which filled with pain my aching breast
To Botany Bay you will be conveyed
For seven years a Convict Maid

For seven long years oh how I sighed
While my poor mother loudly cried
My lover wept and thus he said
May God be with my Convict Maid

To you that hear my mournful tale
I cannot half my grief reveal
No sorrow yet has been portrayed
Like that of the poor Convict Maid
Far from my friends and home so dear

My punishment is most severe
My woe is great and I'm afraid
That I shall die a Convict Maid
I toil each day in greaf and pain
And sleepless through the night remain
My constant toils are unrepaid
And wretched is the Convict Maid

Oh could I but once more be free
I'd never again a captive be
But I would seek some honest trade
And never become a Convict Maid

‘The Convict Maid’ is a traditional Australian folk song, which is why I have picked it, because of it’s similarities to the characters of ‘The Secret River’. The convict maid talks about her doing the wrong thing, and being sent to Australia, and her sorrow of not being able to see her family and friends for a very long time. She wishes to go back home as soon as possible. Through the song, it shows that she never does forgive herself, and the mistake she made haunts her for the rest of her life.

This song is very similar to the characters William and Sal Thornhill, in ‘The Secret River’. Will too, made a bad mistake, he was caught stealing, and also sent to Australia, with his wife, Sal. Will, although he seems not to mind being in Australia, Sal dreams of one day being able to go home to England, and be with her family once again.
Like the convict maid, Will, who did some bad things in his life, never quite forgave himself for what he put himself and his family through, and that haunted him for the rest of his life.

By Steph