Category Archives: Aboriginal

Chris Holland- The Didgeridoo Man

Chris Holland, the Didgeridoo Man, who came to school earlier in the year returned to us for three days to work with our Y6 pupils on a legacy piece of art.  Each year, we ask an artist to work with Y6 pupils so that they can leave a work of art behind when they move on to secondary school. 

To celebrate Australia Year, Chris returned to work on ancestor poles.  Here are a few photos of the work in progress. Expect further information in next week’s posts.

Dreamtime Art: The Exhibition

The artwork completed with Francis Firebrace when he visited our school is now on display in our library corridor!


How Koala Got His Ears

Here is a second ‘Dreamtime style’ story.  This one has been submitted by Madeleine in Kandinsky class.

One glorious Summer’s day a koala was climbing up a eucalyptus tree.  When it was climbing it heard a lovely humming sound.  Its ears were only the size of an average pea at that time so it could only just hear the hum of the humming bird.  It was about to keep listening but the other animals were chanting for him to go down to the water hole.  He said, ‘Fine, but you must promise not to hurt me.’

Now Kangaroo wasn’t there at that time and kangaroo liked to do boxing. He wasn’t ordinary, he was a white kangaroo.  

A few hours later, he came down to the water hole to see koala there.  He said, ‘Koala, you’re going to have to have your ears boxed today!’

‘No!’ said the animals.

‘Yes!’ said Kangaroo.

‘Please, no,’ said Koala.

‘I do what I say,’ said kangaroo.

‘Fight me, first,’ said Dingo.

‘Fine!’ said kangaroo.  Boof!  Dingo got pushed over. Koala started climbing… Kangaroo was faster!  Koala caught himself on a branch.  kangaroo caught him!  Kangaroo brought him down and boxed his ears.  

‘Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Owwwwwwww!’

Francis Firebrace: Kandinsky’s Views

Here are some views and opinions from Kandinsky Class on the Francis Firebrace visit:

“I really enjoyed it.  He told good stories and the painting was good.  It would have been good to have stories while we were painting.”  Madeleine

“An excellent day. I wanted longer to paint.”  Emily

“I quite liked the day.  We learned about Aboriginal art and life.  He is a good artist.” Jessica

“The boys got to be kangaroos and hunters.  It was funny.”  Edward

“It was good to choose what we could do.  His paintings gave us ideas.”  Laina

“He told us a lot about Australia that I didn’t know.” Lewis

“He had a lot of dreams in his life and he didn’t give up even though he faced challenges.”  Harry 

“He said ‘we are all the same’ but boys and girls got treated differently.”  Imran

“Telling us about the Australian animals was good.”  J’dante

“he said, ‘Am I better artist than you?’ and we all said yes but then he said he wasn’t, he just had more experience and more time to get better. That was a good thing to say.” Imran

“It was cool to meet someone who has written a book.”  Talliah

Book Signing

Francis Firebrace ended the day with a book signing.  Mrs Corr served tea and lamingtons and Francis signed copies of ‘Stories from the Billabong’.