Saturday, August 13, 2016

IN the dark woods there was a lonely tree, and other stories

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

11. Nataliya  9 years
It reminds me of a tree in the woods with lots of flowers blossoming in the mysterious forest. It is a magical tree. It gives you magical powers and gives you anything you want! It’s a tree that helps you, teaches you , loves you – no matter what.
Artwork by  Yu Qingyang Age 6

12  Mikaylah 9 years
In the dark woods there was a lonely tree and that lonely tree sat a lonely bird and on that bird sat a lonely nit. They all wanted to be friends but were too shy to talk to each other so they just sat there and didn’t do anything for the entire day. Days, nights, months and even years they spent not talking to each other.
Artwork by  Chen Zhikui Age 6

13 Georgina 8 years
Once far away in China was a purple castle.
Artwork by  Lora Age 6

14 Emily 8 years
One sunny bright day there was a little family. They lived near the most beautiful place in the universe there was not a cloud in the sky. Everyone was happy forever.
Artwork by  Ivan Age 7

15 Leilani 8 years
One hot summer in the most colourful ocean ever one fisherman caught a big fish blowing big colourful bubbles. It was a rainbow fish.
Artwork by  James Age 5

16 Chloe 9 years
One ordinary day there lived a cute little boy. He had the dream to play drums. His parents were worried he ‘d hit himself. They always talked about how dangerous it was when it actually wasn’t. One time he snuck into his parents room and played them. It woke the parents! They kickedhim out of the house! It was cold when he went to bed and he had no dinner. In the morning a nice lady was waiting for him to wake up. When he did wake up the lady said “Oh my goodness. Dear child I thought you were dead! Have you been out here all night. He nodded and said “drums” “Come home to my house I have lots of drums for you to play” And so he did. He was then the happiest five year old in the world.
Artwork by  Ji Junxiang Age 5

17 Makenna 9 years (F)  (2 x pictures)
In winter last year I went to the snow with my family and we took pictures and we all had big smiles on our faces.
 When we went to Fiji we got to stay in a tent for a night and it started to rain and we all got wet. So we went to our grandmas house and stayed there.
Artwork by  Cherry Age 5

18 Maddie  10 years
Three days ago a child  (Song Kechen) went on a nature walk with his class. On the nature walk they saw different animals and insects. The most common one was a snail. To finish off the nature walk they drew some pictures of what they saw.
Artwork by  Song Kechen Age 9

19 Mikalyla 9 years
One day Hu was playing in the leaves with her dog. They were throwing u all of the leaves then running under them. The wind was blowing. They were having a fun time. The leaves kept falling all over them.
Artwork by  Hu Jingzhi Age 9

20 Joshua 9 years
This reminds me of a fire that happened in Sydney and the smoke made the sky purple and the fire was burning all the wood and made the sky blue.

Artwork by  Zhang Yiyn 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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