Landmarks of Melbourne

Australian history incursions: shows & workshops for primary and secondary schools
Family & Local History

Landmarks of Melbourne
A song, story and slide show about Melbourne places, and the people and history of those places,  for 2/3 Local History

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“The pupils were immersed in the ambiance Jan created as he ‘walked’ them through a timeline of events linked to the landmarks of Melbourne that make our marvelous city what it is today. The presentation provided pupils with a sense of place that connected them to the spirit of Melbourne from the early Kulin people and the story of European settlement.”     (Altan Riffat, Leading Teacher, Taylor’s Lakes PS)

Curriculum
For 2/3 Local History, plus year 1 if that works with school class structure

Cost
$5 per student. Minimum $500 per show
Travel/accom/road tolls may apply in some locations
Requires electronic whiteboard for projections

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Description


In this presentation Jan displays contemporary and historical images of Melbourne on an electronic whiteboard and sings songs and tells stories relating to each significant Melbourne place, taking students on a walk through the history of Melbourne – from pre-history with the creation of the Yarra and how Port Phillip Bay was once a grassy plain to familiar sights such as the MCG.

Included are Wurundjeri icons such as Bunjil the Creator, Melbourne Gaol where Ned Kelly was hung, Flemington Racecourse where Phar Lap rode, the Treasury Gardens and Captain Cook’s Cottage.

There is lots of student participation, singing and playing simple instruments. For each school I do my best to add pictures and stories of local features. For example at Taylor’s Lakes PS we included the nearby Organ Pipes National Park, and at Altona PS we included PM Julia Gillard’s house.

 

” As children remained transfixed, Jan covered the main features of our topic, including man-made and naturally occurring features. Jan’s performance was perfectly targeted to our grade 2 pupils. His capacity to educate was wonderfully complimented with captivating musical performance, theatrical personification and storytelling. He included pupils in the performance, which gave them the opportunity to experience things hands-on and share in the performance. Our topic is called Marvellous Melbourne, developed from our Aus Vels curriculum for level 2 (grade 2) history. We are looking forward to inviting Jan back again next year.”

Altan Riffat, Leading Teacher, Taylor’s Lakes PS

Home (is with my family)

Australian history incursions: shows & workshops for primary and secondary schools
Family & Local History

HOME (Is With My Family)

A music and story workshop for Preps – 1/2 who are studying Family & Local History.

“Thanks so much for coming to our school last week,
the kids absolutely loved it and so did our grade one teachers.”

Rebecca Loomes, Trinity, Narre Warren

Curriculum & Cost
P-1/2 Family & Local history  (suitable for up to 100 students)                                                                                                                                                                            $5/student with $500 minimum per show
Travel/accom/road toll fees apply in some locations

Description

With my banjo I teach a song about family, tell my family stories from the song and talk about how to question parents and grandparents about your family story.

Then with two students – a boy and a girl – we write and all sing a couple of verses about their particular family, and with the class then write and sing a verse about their school and local district.

These songs, as well as another song about how we’ve all got a story to tell, are recorded for the class to keep.

In addition to the songs I tell a story or two about my local area of Castlemaine in central Victoria –  maybe a gold rush story or a Dja Dja Wurrung story of volcanoes – talk about how students can research local stories, and if possible, tell a local story I have found – for example, if the school is near Port Phillip Bay I could tell the story of how before the sea rose 7000 years ago that the bay was once a open, grassy plain.

Later, using the recordings of the day and song structure templates, the teachers and students can write and develop further on the themes of the workshop.

Listen to HOME is with my family)

THE SONG – Jan’s original version
Words & Music: Jan Wositzky

Home, is with my family
You can live on top of a mountain
You can live along the sea
But home, is with my family.

I’m proud of my home, for me it is the best
And you can make it your home, if you need to rest
Full of friends and family, a peaceful place at night
I’m proud of my home, for me it is alright.

My name is Jan and I live in Castlemaine
It’s a town up the country, you can get there on the train
In the bush around about they once found lots of gold
Maybe I will find some too before I grow too old

When I was a little boy I sailed across the sea
On a boat to Australia with my family
And I met King Neptune he was sitting on the deck
|He came out of the water with seaweed ‘round his neck.

My Dad was Czechoslovak, my mother was a Scot
My uncle was Hungarian, we are a mixed up lot
My kids are partly Jewish
And my full name is Frantisek Jan McMurray Wositzky.

Lyrics written by kids from Glenorch PS
Words & Music: Jan Wositzky
Verses by Glenorchy PS

Home is with my family
You can live on top of a mountain
You can live along the sea
Home is with my family

Now I live in Glenorchy, a peaceful place to be
By the big, long river that we all love to see
The people here are friendly, we all have a house
It doesn’t have much traffic, it’s quiet as a mouse

Running down the east side we see the railway line
The farmers bring their grain there when the season’s fine
The town is bathed in sunlight, at school the kids plant trees
And they do a good job to bring us the birds and bees

Now I live in Glenorchy, the mail comes to the hall
We sing and dance a lot there, the closest town is Stawell
So if you need a place to live Glenorchy is the spot
It’s everything in our lives, the weather can be hot

And I’m proud of my home, for me it is the best
And you can make it your home, if you need to rest
Full of friends and family, a peaceful place at night
I’m proud of my home, for me it is alright

Home is with my family
You can live on top of a mountain
You can live along the sea
Home is with my family

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