Australian Bush Poet visits St Kevin's

Renowned Australian Bush Poet, Noel Stallard, visited our Year 4 children on Friday 23 October. Noel brings a love of poetry to the classroom by presenting his renditions of Australian Bush Ballads, using the children as props and characters. After thirty five years of teaching in both Primary and Secondary Schools, Noel Stallard resigned in order to take the traditional bush poetry to the young and not so young people of Australia. Noel was the founding Deputy Principal at Mount Maria College.
 
After resigning from teaching Noel first concentrated on the works of the poet-priest, Monsignor Patrick Hartigan, better known under his pen name of John O'Brien, because Noel believed this unsung pioneer poet had much to offer modern Australians. Over the past eleven years Noel, having gained the Approval Card of The Queensland Arts Council, has performed for students and adults in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and internationally in Ireland. Noel has broadened his range to include Banjo Paterson, C.J. Dennis, Henry Lawson and a variety of modern bush poets.
 
The children thoroughly enjoyed Noel’s visit and being introduced to the works of Banjo Paterson, C.J. Dennis, Henry Lawson and Noel Stallard himself, who has also had his own poetry published. It was a journey of discovery and interaction. All 46 children, teachers, Mrs Vos and our student teacher Mr Tomkins, joined in Noel’s rendition of his living poem “The Bush Animals Band”. The children are all fired up now to continue their work on a Poetry Anthology of different forms of poetry including Limericks, Cinquains, Haikus, Shape, Acrostic poems and their favourite Australian ballad.