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‘G’Day mates,’ at Ward Central

Ward Central Elementary School students, led by Martin Beggs of Sydney, Australia, learn about an Austalian aboriginal dance. Beggs and his wife, Nellie, presented The Australian Kaleidoscope at the school on Friday, teaching of the culture “down under.” (Photo Ed GaluckiBuy Photo
Ward Central Elementary School students, led by Martin Beggs of Sydney, Australia, learn about an Austalian aboriginal dance. Beggs and his wife, Nellie, presented The Australian Kaleidoscope at the school on Friday, teaching of the culture “down under.” (Photo Ed Galucki

Ever hear of Gondwana? A lagerphone? A jumbuck? These are only a few pieces of Australian heritage that students at Ward Central Elementary School learned about Australia. For most of the day, Martin and Nellie Beggs, of Sydney, Australia, presented the Austialian Kaleidoscope at the school, teaching about life in the “down-under.”

Students heard music, sang songs, listened to stories, watched videos and practiced dances springing from the history of the country.

Lalaine Toms, in Angela Williams’ class, said it was a good time. “I enjoyed learning how they say ‘hi’ and their songs… and the fruit picking dance was pretty cool.”

Gabriel Cantu, Kaycee Carmical’s class, was picked to go up in front of the group. “I enjoyed learning how to dance. I got to dance in front of people, and it was fun.”

Cole Linz, also in Williams’ class, it dances for him. “I enjoyed learning how to say ‘G’day’ and songs from Australia. My favorite part was the dances.”

Gondwana? It is the single continent that split into Australia and Antarctica.

A lagerphone is a large number of bottle caps mounted to a board, which is mounted on a pole, that produce a sound similar to a tambourine when the ground is thumped with the pole.

A jumbuck is a lamb.

Also, “Waltzing Matilda” is the national song of Australia, but it is not the national anthem, Beggs told the students.

“If it was, we’d have to stand while we sing it,” he said, leading the group with the song.

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