Budj Bim Documentaries

Year 8 students recently researched some of the fascinating history and geography of the region surrounding Budj Bim (aka Mount Eccles).  They studied topographic maps of Lake Condah (Tae Rak) and delved in to a number of information sources (including the wonderful books ‘The People of Budj Bim’ by the Gunditjmara people and Gib Wettenhall, as well as the ‘Field Guide to Cultural Features of the Budj Bim Landscape’ by the Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project).

Students also visited and explored Budj Bim, the Lake Condah Mission and the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area.  Most of the photos shown in the documentaries were taken by Year 8 students during this excursion.

During the excursion, Budj Bim tour guide and Gunditjmara elder Eileen Alberts showed several students the basics of basket-weaving.  A number of students were keen to find out more and Eileen generously agreed to visit the school for a more in-depth basket-weaving workshop with Year 7 and 8 girls and female staff.

The documentaries were an opportunity for students to share some of their newfound knowledge about Budj Bim with the general public.

My backyard

A letter from Rachael, in grade 6 to a school in the USA…..
My favourite sport is netball, but I like other sports like Basketball and Soccer. I have two brothers , a mum and dad and a sister. 

My dad is a shearer which means he makes his living by shearing sheep. I like all the different animals and I like to play with my brothers and sister. I live on a farm just out of  Hawkesdale. My parents own 150 acres. My family put a dorset ram over the ewes, the ram gets the ewe in lamb. Sometimes the mother doesn’t look after the lamb. So my dad picks up the lamb and brings it up to the house and we put them in a warm spot and feed them about every 5 hours.

We own one bull and seven cows. We sell the calves when they are about nine months old. We own four ducks, us kids have a duck each. There names are Browny, Troubles, Cuddles and Straunie.

I go to school at Hawkesdale P-12 College. School starts at 9:00 and finishes at 3:30. I get up at 7:30 and get home at 3:40. I catch the bus to school. I ride my bike to the corner of our road to catch the bus. I am on the bus for about 10 minutes. 

At school we have different subjects like art, humanities, science, library, sport, ICT, (information communication technology) writing and literacy. There are 22 people in my class.

We have about 250 people go to our school. Our school is just up from the swimming pool.  In the first term the teachers take us up to the pool. My teacher is Ms Murnane. In the first or second term we have a sports day. That is where we do lots of different sport activities like long jump, high jump and other events and races.

Hawkesdale is about 40 minutes away from Warrnambool.

There are lots of different things in Hawkesdale like the pool, Apex Park, the football club rooms, pub, post office, hall, kindergarten and three churches. The grass is mainly yellow around Hawkesdale at the moment, because we have recently had a drought. Normally, Hawkesdale is a very pretty little town with lots of well mown road sides and beautiful trees.

There are about 500 people that live around Hawkesdale. Most people around Hawkesdale live on farms. Mainly sheep, cattle, dairy and a couple of blue gum plantations.

Victoria’s capital city is Melbourne. Melbourne is the biggest city in Victoria.

 It is summer here in Victoria. The weather is mainly sunny, sometimes it rains and thunder storms. Some of Victoria’s best attractions are FlagStaff Hill in Warrnambool, Tower Hill, Lake Pertobe, Sovereign Hill, Grampians, Bendigo mine.

About 2 years ago there was a big fire in the Grampians. It was close to Hawkesdale. It was horrible seeing all the animals hurt and all the trees black and on the ground.

Australia is the smallest continent but the largest island in the world. Canberra is Australia’s capital city.

There are different animals in Australia such as the Koala, Snake, Possum, Kangaroo, Platypus, Emu, Cockatoo, Kookaburra, Wombats and other interesting animals. There are lots of different native grasses and trees as well.

My holidays in a sentence

Grade two was asked what they did over the holidays. Here are their replies in one sentence. MS Paint was used to draw a picture of what they did.


My brother and I went through all the puddles in the water and my bike nearly sunk as it was so deep!


We went to the footy at the MCG in Melbourne, to watch Hawthorn and Sydney but Hawthorn won!!


We went to Geelong and I got new clothes and a new pair of shoes.


It was my birthday in the holidays and I got a caseful of presents, a birthday cake that was shaped as an 8, and my cousin Charlotte came to sleepover.


I went to the football and to Pins and Play in Warrnambool,  and to the park in Koroit and to the swimming pool.


I went to the movies to see Speed Racer and Kung Fu Panda and I went to the footy at the Telstra Dome.


In Warrnambool, I went to Fun4Kids and to the theatre and I got my face spray painted.


I went to the MCG to see Sydney versus Hawthorn and Hawthorn won and I went Aylish’ house to have a sleepover.


I watched the film Kung Fu Panda and I went shopping and put stuff on layby for Christmas and I went to Lachlan’s house.


Jesse came to my house and he had a sleepover.


I went to Dominic’s 6th birthday party.