Download Free Primary Resource

To get the most out of the School Action Toolkit, remember to purchase the Supplementary Video Kit.

Download Free Secondary Resource

To get the most out of the School Action Toolkit, remember to purchase the Supplementary Video Kit.

Supplementary Video Kit

This Supplementary Video Kit complements the free, downloadable School Action Toolkit resource which is tailored to meet the achievement standards and content of the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian curriculum and PDHPE in NSW for Years 5-10.

The supplementary video kit encourages insightful, manageable conversations based on the real life experiences of children being raised by same-sex attracted parents and explores the universal challenges and transitions that students will go through as they move through adolescence.

The Supplementary Video Kit contains:

  • A 53-minute version of GAYBY BABY
  • A family diversity poster (A2) for display around the school
  • 4 x short character videos:
    – Gus (15 mins)
    – Ebony (19:30 mins)
    – Matt (15 mins)
    – Graham (15 mins)
  • A free copy of the theatrical (85 min) version of GAYBY BABY

Supplementary video kit price:

$89 incl. GST + $10 postage

Extra posters?

Want extra family diversity posters to display at your school or organisation? Click here to purchase a 5 or 10 pack, or save on postage and add the posters to your supplementary video kit order!

5x A2 Posters
$35 incl. GST + $10 postage
10x A2 Posters
$60 incl. GST + $10 postage
Click here to purchase

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About the school action toolkit

About the toolkit

GAYBY BABY’s School Action Toolkit is linked to the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum and PDHPE in NSW for years 5-10. The resource may also be extended for use in Humanities and English classes.

It includes:

  • Activities & strategies that support teachers, administrators & students to recognise, explore & celebrate the diversity of Australian families.
  • Clear, easy to use lesson plans and student worksheets.
  • Bright ideas for teachers wishing to extend their classroom experience.
  • FAQs and information pertaining directly to LGBTIQ-parented family units.
  • Activities designed to complement video stimulus material drawn from GAYBY BABY.

The video stimulus material encourages insightful, manageable conversations based on the real life experiences of children being raised by same-sex attracted parents and explores the universal challenges and transitions that students will go through as they move through adolescence.

Additional Downloads

Passive consent form template
Communicate with parents and carers that you intend to use the GAYBY BABY School Action Toolkit. This ‘passive consent’ template is suitable to include in your school newsletter or in a letter home to parents/carers.
45KB

Download

Colouring sheets
Here are some colouring-in handouts that depict different kinds of families. Print off a range of handouts and let students colour and discuss diverse family structures.
53KB

Download

Toolkit worksheets
All the handouts from the toolkit, in one easy bundle!
3.6MB

Download

Did you Know?

In the 2016 Census there were:

46,800 same-sex couple
households in Australia

10,050 children aged under 25 years living in same-sex couple households in Australia, with the majority of these in NSW.

These figures are a conservative indication as they only capture families in which two people self-identified as being in a same-sex or de facto relationship. This means it does not include any single-parent families where the parent identifies as same-sex attracted.

“I think if this film had been shown and my type of family had been known about at school, I wouldn’t have had to lie. I wouldn’t have had to make up stories about what my family was, and who the other woman was who was living with us. School would have been easier. I could have been honest and open with myself and my friends. It would have made a huge difference to my learning as a kid.”
– Jesse, 23 yrs, Gayby

A young person’s family is central to their understanding of their own identity. When students see a family like theirs reflected in their school environment, it increases feelings of validation, safety and acceptance. This positively impacts their academic motivation and social wellbeing1.

Beyond the classroom, the School Action Toolkit encourages a whole school approach to welcoming diverse families in the school community. This is important, as there is an ever-growing demographic of children with same-sex attracted parents and/or non-traditional, ‘modern’ families…

To be a welcoming and safe school, you need to support students from diverse families as you would those from traditional families. The School Action Toolkit provides you with strategies to confidently provide this support.

1 See ‘An Introduction to Welcoming Schools’ (URL below) or read the toolkit for full list of academic papers which detail the social, educational and emotional benefits of inclusive classrooms; http://www.hrc.org/files/images/general/An_Introduction_to_Welcoming_Schools.pdf

Did you Know?

What is a modern family? The structure and composition of Australian families is rapidly changing across the board. Some children are experiencing a number of family transitions and structures before they reach adolescence. Statistics on Australian families from the 2016 Census indicate:

Write A Letter To The Kids In The Film

Were you surprised or moved by GAYBY BABY? Did you learn something from the kids featured in the School Action Toolkit? Here, you can get your students to share their thoughts and feelings in a letter to Gus, Ebony, Matt or Graham. This is also the final extension activity in the School Action Toolkit.

Q: Will they really see my letter?
A: Yes – we will make sure!

Q: I’ve seen the film but I haven’t studied the School Action Toolkit, can I still write a letter?
A: Absolutely – and please let your teacher know about the resource and direct them to this page!

Letters written:

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