12.15 pm and I’m tapping my legs

I’m craving activity

Energy, action, excitement

But I’m trapped here, having a lesson

Anything but this.

I thought of the ‘one eighties’ back in Brisbane.

Spinning 180, 270, 360 until you reach the top.

Just spinning­­­

You could go horizontal but that is slow.

You could go zig-zag,

where you are fast and efficient.

I reach the top, my fingers grip

over the dusty edge

Climbing up on to the roof

I feel invisible

no-one ever looks up

I feel unknown.

Michael Yr 12 2019

by Iris

Coco the  cat joined Iris’s swimming  lessons.

Iris  asked  Coco,  “Do  you  like  water?”

Coco  shivered  and  said, “NO.”

“Well jump out of the car.  Now  we are  here.”

The  teacher yelled,  “Go  in  the  water.  Do  20  laps  NOW!” 

Everyone  went  in  the  water  but  not  Coco.

Coco  said,  “I  am  not  going  in.”

The  teacher  said, “If  you  don’t  do it drop  and  give  me  100.”

“Um  I  can’t,”  said  Coco.

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When we got to the dance Coco was so happy.

We went in the door but then we saw a sign that said, “No Animals Allowed!”

Then we thought about what we could do.

We found a solution, and it was to put disguises on.

“Come on Coco. We have to act natural.”

After we stretched we went into the dance.

I hope no-one knows its Coco.

Coco was the best dancer!

Is this like a thing, cats are the best dancers?

Oh oh! Someone started coughing.

Then the teacher asked, “Are you ok? Are you allergic to anything!”

“YES! Cats!”

Then Coco ran out the door as fast as she could.

By Iris

She peed and poohed in my room.

Why not my sister’s room? “Ahh!”

She used all my money just on food WITHOUT TELLING ME! (she is going to jail)

Last morning when I woke up she put a spider on my face and I got so scared I screamed as loud as I could.


I woke everyone up in the town.


Celebrate good times come on!

Don’t try this at home people!

Run for your life!

We’re gonna crash!

Come on let’s get out of here!


I win! I win! I win! Oh! Oh!

I win!

I don’t know what I won.

Not complaining.

Every like in the family is an old man saved from death.


Karma isn’t it!

Kids believe in Karma.


By Lachlan

Recent work by Rod Holdaway at Stella Downer Fine Art – June 12 – July 7, 2018
Coastal Development

Coastal Development 2017/18 – 56 cm x 91.5cm – Oil on linen


Passage – 2017/18 – 51 cm x 76 cm – Oil on Polyester

Thinking About Montmartre

Thinking About Montmartre – 51 cm x 51 cm – 2017/18 – Oil on Linen

Cyclist in Newtown

Cyclist in Newtown – 2017/18 – 45.5 cm x 35.5 cm – Oil on Cotton Duck

Women Outside a Gallery

Women Outside a Gallery – 29.5 cm x 42 cm – 2018 – Oil on primed paper

Layered Street Peripheral Vision

Layered Street – Peripheral Vision – 19 cm x 32.5 cm – 2017/18 –  iPad print and Indian Ink Pen on Velvet Paper

Street at Twilight

Street at Twilight – 23 cm x 32 cm –  2017 – iPad print on velvet paper