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?
This morning we had a very interesting time at the Lobster Pot. Maddy taught us all about how the land that Barwon Heads is built on was formed. We learnt that the ocean went all the way to Ballarat but the ice age that happened 11, 500 years ago exposed the land. The bluff is over 100,000 years old but the Ocean Grove spit is only 6000 years old.
We found out that the indigenous people were the first shopkeepers, farmers, lawyers etc of the land that we live on now and that the land provided all that they needed to live. There are middens around Barwon heads that look like lots of shells, but they re the Aborigine’s rubbish tips. All of their “rubbish” was biodegradable though – no plastic!
Here is a map of all the shipwrecks around Barwon Heads. There were many objects on display that had been found from shipwrecks.
We also learnt about local indigenous plants and animals and why it is so important to look after our beaches and sand dunes.
What did you learn?
It has been great fun to have so many parents visit our museum. Some photos are attached so that parents who are unable to make it to our classroom can see the interesting artefacts our class have brought in. Who would have thought that a Countdown record would be deemed to be from the olden days?!