bushrangers and larrikins, not allowed
year the PTO at Washington-Monroe Elementary School adds a little
warmth to the cold winter blahs.
To get both the teachers and students re-energized, the group
organizes a Winter Fantasy.
This year the theme was “Amazing Australian Adventure.”
Throughout the week students participated in a variety of
fun began last Friday when each class drew animal names indigenous to
Australia. Each class
represented an Aborigine tribe and researched and illustrated the
meaning of their respective tribe.
Their projects lined the hallways at the school and transported
the students to the land down under.
week of Australian activities at Washington-Monroe included a Family
Movie Night, featuring “The Rescuers Down Under.”
The PTO sponsored the movie and provided popcorn.
Parents accompanied their children to the movie, making it a
true family experience.
favorite event was the Friday morning walkabouts and relays.
To really get in the tribal mood, students painted their faces
and joined in a Snake Dance.
culminating event for the week was an assembly in the gym with
special guest story teller, Michelle Macormic, a Lincoln native who
moved to Australia at the age of four.
After living in Australia for 13 years, she moved back to
Lincoln in 1991 to attend Lincoln Christian College.
only did each grade learn about a specific animal and traditions of
Australia, they also learned about the language.
Best friends are “mates;” and busybodies are called “stickybeaks.”
People running from the law are “bushrangers,” and tough
guys or hoodlums are “larrikins.”
So if you are scared of these people call a “walloper”
It would be “bonzer” (terrrific) if the walloper caught