Saturday, August 13, 2016

I always love a good circus

Stories from Mother Teresa Primary School, Harrison ACT
responding to artworks from schools in China

1.    Maddie Age 9
I always love a good circus especially a musical one with laughter and elephants. They always are lots of fun with acrobats and ribbons and the band playing their song. The drums, piano and guitar are great. I have lots of fun at the musical circus and hope you do too. It’s time to say goodbye to the wonderful music show.
artwork by Gary Age 7

2.    Connor Age 9
This reminds me of a time when I was on a bushwalk and I saw a tree with a birds nest in it.
artwork by Zhang Age 9

3.    Aakash Age 10 ½

One windy sunset the grass was swaying back and forth. The explorer struggled to walk against the wind. “Oh how much longer” he thought as he struggled more “Why is the weather punishing me? When will I reach my stranded family – I must not stop” he thought with a determined mind.
artwork by Wei Jin Jin Age 11

4.    Roman Age 5 years
This reminds me of Darwin cause it has bright colours and Darwin is really hot!
artwork by Lu Jing Jing, Age 12

5.    Xavier 5 years
It’s a meadow with a train passing by. There is a wind blowing. The tree is a blueberry tree and the birds come and eat them in the afternoon.
artwork by Wen Ruoyun, Age 12

6.    Lachlan 6 years
The waterfall goes into a river and it has ducks around it. There might be another waterfall at the end that goes into a creek.
artwork by Wang Guanqi Age 15

7.    Andrew 6
This is a sunset because I can see yellow and other colours in the sunset. You can see the sun behind it- and there are bits of light not joined together to the sunset – and it makes the sunset spread out.
artwork by Chen Ruixuan Age 12

8.    Laila 5 years
This is a music map! It’s for happy music because it has lots of colours and it’s played by fairies.
artwork by Mickey Age 7

9.    Claire 10 years
As the eucalyptus trees grow the river flows. A nice view for a few. The flowers blossom to the call of the red rock standing tallest of all.  All the cracks causing caves, boulders falling to the waves. Emus galloping to the wind howling. The sun shines and the kookaburra chimes. The kangaroos stand to the heat not a sound – not a heart beat – for this is the red center.
artwork by Song Zikang Age 10

10.                       Ciarra 10 years

Leaves falling. Windy weather. It was the start of autumn all the beautiful leaves were on the ground but a few weeks later it started getting cold. Very windy, raining and thunder storming. It was the beginning of winter. It was cold and wet weather so we had to wear lots of clothes. Then it was getting hot. It was the first day of Spring and the leaves were back to normal. The sun was shining the sky was blue Everything felt true There were wonderful flowers I even picked some and I even asked a friend to come. Every season is beautiful even if it’s cold,hot or windy . Seasons are awesome. 
artwork by Qin Yun Age 12


This book is part of the WORDS AND PICTURES series.
It draws together pictures produced by students mainly from Shenzhen Guangdong region in China. All their schools and kindergartens are listed below.
The accompanying words have been prepared by students at Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School, Harrison, Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
We acknowledge all the wonderful artists and story writers, their teachers and families and especially the support of Xu Mai, Susan Curbishley (Music Specialist), Mother Teresa Primary School and Sarah Brooke, (Victoria University). Xu Mai teaches Orff Schulwerk approach to music education across China and especially in the region of Shenzhen.
The Words and Pictures model originates from the concept developed and coordinated by Professor Maureen Ryan, Dr Sarah Tartakover and Debbie Qadri at Victoria University, Melbourne Australia and is part of the ongoing activities of Gallery Sunshine Everywhere
WORDS AND PICTURES web site address:

Contributing schools in Shenzhen Guangdong region, China:
BaiHua Primary School
California Kindergarten
Donghai Foreign Language Primary School
Elf Kindergarten
Huacheng Primary School
Jingtian Primary School
Jingxiu Primary School
Lianhua Ercun Kindergarten
Liyuan Primary School
Luofang Primary School
Luohu Jiaogong Kindergarten
LuohuHongKong People's Primary School
Meishan Primary School
Meiyuang Primary School
Mingde Experimental School 
Nanshan Foreign Language School
Qiaoxiang Foreign Language School
Shenzhen Experimental Kindergarten
Shenzhen Jinjing Kindergarten
Yinying Number 1 Kindergarten
Yuanlin Foreign Language Primary School
Zhicheng School

as well as
Shanghai First Kindergarten and
Collaborative International School, FoShan, GuangDong

The pdf version of the book is available at this link (please be wary of the large download size 34 Mb)

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