Grade 5 Story Teller – Jan Wotisky

Grade 5 Story Teller – Jan Wotisky

On Monday 27th May, the year 5 students had the pleasure of listening to Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky who is a storyteller, singer, musician. He presented, BUCKLEY: THE GO-BETWEEN a story that tells of escaped convict William Buckley, and how he spent his 32 years with the Wathaurong people.
The incursion coincided with National Reconciliation Week and with the iSTAR topic for this term being, “How do significant events and people from Australia’s past help us to understand Australia today?
Year 5 teachers, Mrs Darwish, Mrs Scarton, Mrs Roga
Below are some reflections of year 5 students-
William was a convict that escaped from the ship with some of his mates. His mates got caught. I learnt that William Buckley was also with the Aboriginal people for 32 years. He learnt their ways and spoke their language. I loved having Jan come to our school. (Meeru 5D)
Today Jan came to our school and I had fun listening to him and having the chance to think deeper. My favourite part is when he used props to tell the story which made me understand more. The main idea was about William Buckley who joined the Aboriginal tribe. I think that people should hear the story because you learn about the history. (Priscilla 5S)
I didn’t know that John Batman owned half of Melbourne and that John Fawkner was a convict. Their names are on signs around Melbourne. I’m wondering how William Buckley maintained the peace with the Aboriginal and English people. (Jordan 5R)
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky,and the actors that were part of the show, Yebin, Nicola and Alexander

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