Category Archives: Partner School

Wiltshire International Book

At the same conference at which our Y4 pupils presented their drama about Australia Year, we received copies of the new book all about Wiltshire schools’ links with partner schools around the world.  Matthew and Sophie wrote the Holbrook contribution to this book.

This is the text they wrote for the book:

If you can’t go to Australia, get Australia to come to you!

Over the current school year, Holbrook has been focusing on Australia. This is so that everyone connected to our school can share their knowledge and find out more; parents and governors as well as pupils.

Throughout the year we have given our usual school events an Australian flavour, for instance on 11th November we remembered Australian soldiers, for our annual contribution to the dance festival we performed a dance based on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, and our Year Four play was about Australia.

We have had many visitors to school to help, some of them real Australians. The year started with a visit from Travis, a student from Adelaide.  He taught us Aussie rules football.  Mr Clarke, a Wiltshire Adviser, visited us several times.  He told us Dreamtime stories, talked about Aboriginal Art and Australian animals. Chris Holland is a musician and artist. He taught us some basic didgeridoo skills.

We started a blog ( which a group of Y5 and Y6 pupils keep up to date with all the news of our special year.

The best thing is that we found a school in Australia also called Holbrook School.  We made contact and asked them to work with us.  Their Principal and school leaders have shared ideas with our headteacher and School Council; we have exchanged work and they have answered our questions about their country.

Australia Day (26th January) was a big day in our school.  The blog group led an assembly and we worked together to create a giant map of Australia, now on display in our hall.  We wrote a letter to the Australian High Commissioner to ask for some support and he wrote back and put us in touch with people who could help us.

We got the whole school to read the same books: ‘Diary of a Wombat’ by Jackie French for KS1; and ‘Stories from the Billabong’ by James Vance Marshall and Francis Firebrace for KS2. Waterstone’s store in Trowbridge helped us with this project. Then, we had a brilliant visit from Francis Firebrace himself, an Aborigine from the Yorta Yorta people, who showed us his artwork.  We all then had a huge art session and tried our hand at art, aboriginal style.  After school pupils had their books signed.

To sum it all up, we would say that learning about Australia is brilliant when you can learn from real Australians.

Sophie and Matthew

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.


Trowbridge- Australia Links

We have started work on our map showing all the links we have found out about between Trowbridge and Australia.  So far, 19 people have sent in forms showing the connections.  Some of these are relatives who live there, others are trips people have made and others are places where people used to live.

We have colour coded the map pins to show different categories and each person has a number so if somebody went on  a long trip all around Australia, they would have many map pins but the same number!

Number one on our map (in red) is the location of our partner school in Holbrook, New South Wales.

Assembly Photos

More photos from our assembly led by the blog writers.


Special Assembly

The blog writers led our assembly today

Our Australia Day got off to a good start when the blog writing group led a special assembly.  The group had prepared power point presentations on Australia Day, our partner school in Holbrook, NSW, and our blog.

Ms Humphries led the singing of the Kookaburra song.

Morgan introduced the DVD recording of Holbrook’s dance group who performed their dance at the Riverina Dance Festival.  They were so successful they went on the state finals in Sydney.

Mr Whitewick

The blog writers created powerpoint presentations

Get Ready for Australia Day

I hope everyone is excited about Australia Day!  To celebrate at Holbrook, we are holding a special theme day.  Pupils can wear green and yellow on that day (I know- what difficult colours to find!) and there is a special menu at lunchtime.

The blogging group will start the day with their presentation on Australia and the work so far from this year.  Morgan is going to introduce the dance video from Holbrook Public School, NSW and then group members will talk about our partner school and show everyone the blog. 

During the day, classes will team up- older and younger pupils together and work on a giant artistic map of Australia in sections.  At the end of the day we will put the map together in the hall or in the playground, depending on the weather.  It should be a challenge but also fantastic fun.

To end the day we are inviting parents into school to see our (hopefully) finished map and to have tea and lamingtons.  Mrs Corr is going to cook the lamingtons in the school kitchen. 

I hope Dave Clarke will be able to join us as well.  Australia Day is also the deadline for our competitions so we should have new entries of high. It should be a fantastic day!

Mr Whitewick

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Although our friends in Australia are on their long summer holiday, we have returned to school for term three.

There are exciting things planned this term: there is a second competition for KS2 (writing this time) and a new competition for KS1;  26th January is Australia Day and we are celebrating in school with a special theme day; our annual cookathon will have an Australian flavour this year; and Dave Clarke will be returning to tell us stories and talk about his life in Australia.

In early February Year Four pupils will be putting on the play they have developed themselves, based on traditional stories from Australia.  You can expect to see some photographs of the rehearsals on this blog soon.

It is sure to be an exciting term.  I am looking forward to seeing Holbrook pupils do their best… and, as we reach the end of term three, we will be able to share our work with pupils at Holbrook Public School, NSW as they will return from their summer holiday ready to start a new school year!

Mr Whitewick

New Year celebrations in Sydney