Category Archives: Australian

Advance Australia Fair

This is Australian’s national anthem. Peter Dodds McCormick wrote the lyrics and produced the music. Peter McCormick is a Scottish composer. It was first performed in 1878; but it was not the official anthem until 1984.

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
“Advance Australia fair!”

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,

We’ll toil with hearts and hands;

To make this Commonwealth of ours

Renowned of all the lands;

For those who’ve come across the seas

We’ve boundless plains to share;

With courage let us all combine

To advance Australia fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing

“Advance Australia fair!”

Gifts from Australia

On the last day of term 5, Mr Whitewick received a parcel from Holbrook Public School our link school in Australia.  Inside the package there was a t-shirt.  It is their summer sports uniform.  It has their school logo on the front and their school name on the back.  The package also contained 3 books about their town and region in Australia: The first is about the connection between Holbrook and Submarines; the second about the town of Holbrook; and the third is a tourist leaflet for Holbrook.  They have some interesting pictures in and the writing is very detailed and descriptive.


One of our pupils in Kingsley Class modeled the shirt for us.  He is standing next to our school dragon.


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

KS2 Art with Francis Firebrace

Here are some of the works of art produced this morning.  Some pieces may be unfinished.

Art Attack 2

Here are some further photos of the KS2 pupils at work.

Art Attack!

Francis led an art workshop in the hall with all pupils from KS2!

The Big Read: Stories from the Billabong

We have read the book and now we get to meet the illustrator of our Big Read book, ‘Stories from the Billabong’.   Francis Firebrace provided all the artwork for the book and talked to the children about his ideas, his art and his plans for a sequel.  He signed a copy of his book which we will be sending to our partner school in Holbrook, NSW. 

This is the copy of his book we will send to our partner school.