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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!”

My Australia Parcel

On Wednesday 11th April, I had a parcel from Australia.  I found out that this parcel was from our friends, who live in Australia, Peggy and Mike.  I would like to thank Peggy and Mike very much for the package.  In the parcel was lots of Australian items: Freddos; Caramello koalas; Vegemite; the Australian flag; a picture of the weather; two Australian post cards, one with Australian animals on it and another with the national anthem of Australia on it; a film of great sites in Southern Australia; a Vegemite themed joke book; and a cuddly kangaroo.

I was really excited when it arrived.  When I saw it was from Australia, I practically jumped as high as a kangaroo.  Then, after I had opened it, I thought about how long its journey must have been.  The parcel came to me by airmail. It went from Seaford, South Australia to Trowbridge, Wiltshire.


Dance Performance

When we got to The Forum in Bath we were asked to sit on the balcony and watch all the other acts as were 5th from last.  When it was the 2nd group before us we were asked to come and make sure we had everything ready.  By the time we had got down by the stage we were all worried.  Some of us felt sick, some of us felt that they needed to do something to take their mind off it.  I was bouncing up and down so I didn’t think about it being the real thing and pretended it was just practice.  It was especially hard for one of the dancers who was put into two positions at the last minute. She was the most nervous.  She had to fill in for somebody who was sick and was not there.

When you get on the stage there may be bright lights in your eyes and a thousand people staring at you, but the music is the thing that keeps you going.  You feel the rhythm coming up from your toes and it gets all the way up to your brain, so somehow you end up doing the dance which you started with in the first place.  Some of the people weren’t supposed to smile but you just can’t help it. 

When the dance had finished we took a bow and went off into the audience through the main hall. After we had performed we went back up to the balcony to watch a few more, then we went to line up again with all the schools which had done it for the end finale. We all got back up on stage, took a bow and scooted back to sit with all the other schools.  The audience clapped and cheered.  They also thanked the person who organised all of it and the two young boys who presented it.  When the performance had finished, I felt so warm and fuzzy and wanted to do it all over again.  This was my last year of doing the Dance Festival as a pupil of Holbrook Primary School.  


Dance Club Get Ready

On the 1st of March some of the Year Fives and Year Six pupils are doing the dance festival in Bath at The Forum.  The theme this year is ‘Around the World’ so, of course, we are doing an aborigine dance to celebrate Australia year. 

We are all in small groups. We are all in groups of five.  Each group has to do a dance based on an aborigine story, for instance Matthew’s group is doing how the crocodile became a crocodile.  Some are doing how the kangaroo got its pouch and how the rainbow serpent came to be.  Another group are showing how the koala became a koala.

The music we are doing to it is also aborigine. It is called ‘Red Earth and Singing Skies’ by Iskelu.

We are going to rehearse on tomorrow at The Forum.  Other schools will be there.  We have also been practicing at school and today we are going to perform it to the whole school.

Some of the pupils have made some fantastic masks and accessorises. They are colourful and are well made.  Also they were hand- made by them.

We hope that all our time and effort has made a difference.  Luckily, we have a brilliant dance teacher to help and support us all the way: Miss Gough is her name.

So wish us luck when we go on stage.


Birthday Card

On the 10th of February it was my birthday and I got a birthday card from some friends who live in Australia.


The stamp has a picture of Tasmania, Bay of Fires. Also it cost $1.50 and it goes though Air mail.

It got sent 29th of January. It took 8 days to arrive and arrived on the 6th of February.


Inside my card they have put “Dear Ella to wish you a happy birthday and then to tell you, too, you make the world a nicer place just by being you! Have a wonderful day with love from down under Peggy and Mick xx”.

That is about my exciting birthday card from Australia.


Assembly Music

Our assembly music this term is from the CD, ‘The Music of Australia’.  The songs we have had so far are ‘Wagga Wagga’ by Steve Southcrest and ‘Waltzing Matilda’ by Inishkea.  This week we are listening to ‘Uluru’, also by Inishkea.  

My favourite one has been ‘Waltzing Matilda’ because I like the sound- Sophie. 

The songs still to go are: ‘The Land that God Gave’; ‘Yallock Hill Blues’; ‘red Earth and Singing Skies’; ‘Sacred Stones’ and ‘Ginningarna’.  The musicians are Steve Southcrest, Inishkea, Iskelu.

My favourite is ‘Wagga Wagga’- Ella

Which one sounds best to you?

Sophie and Ella

New Comps!

Mr Whitewick has told Holbrook pupils their new competitions for both age groups. As you know Mr Whitewick has already written about it in less detail. So this is in more detail.

KS1 comp

The KS1 competition is that they have to do a poster about holidays in Australia.  They have to have the word Australia in the poster and have it spelt correctly.   Mr Whitewick expects good quality and good writing as well as bold and clear writing.  They can make it with the computer or handwrite it.

KS2 comp

The KS2 competition is that they have to make leaflet about going on holiday to Australia. They have to have equal writing than pictures.  Mr Whitewick is expecting high quality writing.  You can do it on the computer or handwrite it, it is up to you.

If you are in Holbrook this is a brilliant time to show your independence of skills and lots of different skills.

If your entry is really good, your leaflet or poster will go on the display board where the library is.