Hello to all our travelling Flat Friends and your Hosts.
We hope you are having some fantastic adventures while you are out travelling the world – we love seeing what you have been doing. The Flat Friends visiting Malmsbury are certainly having fun. They have been enjoying visiting some of our homes – fishing, bush walking, shopping at the local Farmer’s Market, apparently one Flat Friend has even been spotted driving a tractor at a local farm! They have also enjoyed some interesting experiences while at school – they all took part in a Gypsy music workshop last week and heard some awesome Aboriginal stories today.
We are working on some photo stories showing what your Flat’s have been up to, they will start to appear on our blog (and the Grade 1/2 blog – follow the link from our home page) in the coming days. Please keep checking our blog to find out what your Flat Friend is doing and to meet our other Flat visitors. We have seven Flat Friends visiting at the moment and we are expecting some more soon.
The Flat People we sent out into the world seem to be having fun. We have heard from Flat Bill, a policeman who travelled to Taiwan and we will soon be looking at some photos of Flat Bluebell on her visit to Gowanda, New York.
Malmsbury Primary School had a VIP visiting today when Uncle Ron Murray, a Koori elder and internationally renowned didgeridoo player, came to the school. Uncle Ron brought lots of Aboriginal artefacts with him, including four lovely didgeridoos that he had made himself. He told us how these instruments are made (did you know they are buried in the ground for almost 6 months?) as well as teaching us about some other traditional Aboriginal tools.
The whole school was entertained by Uncle Ron’s incredible playing and his great story telling. He used the didgeridoo to tell a story about a brolga and another one about a great dancer. The different sounds in the didgeridoo playing represent different animals and actions. Uncle Ron also showed us how the didgeridoo can be used for healing. A couple of kids and our teacher, Siobhan, helped him demonstrate – they all said it felt like vibrations all over their body. Everyone thought it was quite amazing.
Uncle Ron told us a story about the Karak, the red-tailed black cockatoo, which is his totem. We learned how this bird got it’s red tail and how the black duck became the red-beaked black swan. Our class really enjoyed the story-telling, but some of us also liked pretending they were Koori babies snugly wrapped in a kangaroo skin blanket. It was a fantastic visit.
Uncle Ron visits Malmsbury Primary School on PhotoPeach
There has been a lot of post watching around Malmsbury Primary School in the last week. Our first visiting Flats arrived last week and already we are hosting Flat Adventurers from many different corners of the world.
Last term Grade Prep/One gathered in the Reading Corner with the grade 1/2’s to read Flat Stanley together. The hero of the story is Stanley Lambchop, an ordinary boy who became flat after being squashed by a bulletin board! Being flat has many advantages for Stanley, but the one we liked best was Stanley’s ability to travel far and wide…in an ordinary envelope!
We made our own Flat people that could travel out into the world.