Today we were lucky to have Gerrard Cafe from School Performance Tours come to our school. He told us stories about Australian history and folklore. He explained to us that these things have shaped our identity. Many students were able to go up onto the stage and participate. There was a didgeridoo, sheep shearing and lager phones to make up a bush band.
We learnt about Bush Rangers and some students got to put a tucker bag and billy on the swagman as quickly as they could!
Gerrard told us about Australian heroes including the Anzacs, lifesavers, firefighters, farmers and sportspeople. This complemented this weeks character strength focus on courage. Heroes are people who have believed in themselves and had the courage to reach their goals often when faced with adversity. They are people who others look up to and admire.
Gerrard sang songs and read some poetry. He was really funny, we laughed a lot but we also learnt a lot!
What did you learn about Australian Folklore?
What did you like most about the performance?
Today we visited the lobster pot to learn more about the history and Geography of Barwon Heads as this is our inquiry topic this term.
We learnt that before the ice age the land all the way to Ballarat was under water and that a volcano at Mt Duneed 2 million years caused the Black Rock (basalt) that we see around the bluff today.
“At the Heads” restaurant used to be a fishing co-op where the fisherman would bring their fish to sell.
We were interested to learn about the years of major floods.
These artefacts were discovered after the shipwreck of the Earl of Charlmont.
And the photo on the right shows Hitchcock Street during a big flood. It looks very different today!
This is the Barwon Heads Hall during floods and the tents are the camping ground a long time ago.
People having a picnic on 13th beach and the bluff from the caravan park.
At the end we put together a timeline of photos.
What did you learn?
What did you enjoy most about our visit to the Lobster Pot?
How has Barwon Heads changed?
This week we have been learning about ANZAC day because it is 100 years since the first ANZACs landed at Gallipoli.
We remember the ANZACs because they were brave and they fought in the First World War to keep us safe. We appreciate what they did and thank many of them for sacrificing their lives.
Today Zoe brought in a special book titled “Galipoli” about two mates who went to Gallipoli. Their names were Bluey and Dusty and they “joined up” to begin an adventure. They met Simpson and his donkey (Duffy) and both spent time in hospital on an island called Lemnos. It was a nice book to read because it told the story of Gallipoli from their point of view.
Last year I visited the War Memorial in Canberra and took this photo of the wall which has the names of Australians who have lost their lives in wars.
We will never forget them.
What else do you know about ANZAC day?
Do you know of any family members (eg great grandfathers) who have been in wars?
Did you do anything to celebrate ANZAC day with your family on Saturday?