Chris Holland finished off his three-day stay at Holbrook with a storytelling session to the whole school. As well as telling Dreamtime stories and playing his didgeridoo, he led the whole school in a song and a kangaroo dance. He said every gathering needed stories, dance and singing!
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.
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
Francis Firebrace ended the day with a book signing. Mrs Corr served tea and lamingtons and Francis signed copies of ‘Stories from the Billabong’.
This afternoon Francis worked with Nightingale and Ravel classes. Here are some pictures.
Here are some of the works of art produced this morning. Some pieces may be unfinished.
Here are some further photos of the KS2 pupils at work.