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
This term there have been some new faces floating around the grade Prep/One class. Our three new buddies have recently moved to Malmsbury from the inner city and have really enjoyed the warm welcome they have received.
Gordon, Ben and Boo have already enjoyed visiting most of the Grade Prep/One kids and are really looking forward to visiting the rest of the grade.
Which of the three buddies is your favourite?
What kind of life do you think Gordon, Ben and Boo might have lived before they came to Malmsbury?
Today Malmsbury Primary School held an Olympic Day. Everyone in the school was asked to dress up in the colours of the Olympic rings – yellow, black, red, blue and green. There were some people who had gotten really dressed up and looked fantastic!
We spent the whole morning playing lots of different Olympic sports, like gymnastics, archery, weight-lifting, synchronised swimming and equestrian. Who would have thought that we could do synchronised swimming or equestrian events here at school? We don’t even have a pool or horses! Despite our apparent lack of equipment we were able to have a successful Olympic events day. We have really learnt a lot about using our imaginations, co-operation and working as a team and how to use sports equipment creatively.
The time we spent playing sports this morning will all go towards our PM Olympic Challenge scores. There are lots of kids in the school who are getting close to having enough points for a medal.
Brodie gets into the Olympic spirit and shows his support for the Italian team.
What was your favourite event of Malmsbury Primary School Olympics?