On April 26th I went to Sydney because I was a great student and a very high attender. I was chosen along with my two friends ( Tatiyana and Kiara Jane). We went to Sydney to have a big experience, open our small eyes to the great big world out there. I was really amazed that Sydney had a million trees, I thought Sydney would just be a small amount of trees.
Welcome to my great, big experience!
On the first day, we did a BIG scavenger race in the morning. I had already made two new friends from Palm Island,their names were Chyleisah and Wasise. They are bright girls! They are standing next to a tree that has a beautiful pattern.
We each got jumpers, shirts, backpacks, pencil cases, beanies and water bottles. They all had the name Cathy Freeman Foundation on it.
At the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, there were three buildings. One building was a gym and working center. The second building was where we slept and the third building was where we had meetings and ate breakfast,dinner and dessert. I met all the people who was looking after us. Their names were Jess, Shaun, Bill, Troy, Jae. These people are from Cottage by the Sea.
There was also Lachlan, Daphnie and Jamie. These guys were from the Cathy Freeman Foundation. 14 children got chosen, together all our names were Jaunita, Rachel, Chyleisah, Wasise, Duwane, Asan, Abrian, Collin, Simone, Haliey, Efriana, Tatiyana, Kiarra-Jane and me (Faith).
These two people are brother and sister. Their names are Jess and Shaun. Their other brother is in the picture below, his name is Bill and he is standing with the lady from Koori radio. This other person is the manager for the Cathy Freeman Foundation (Jamie).
We are having a big tug a war. We have been chosen for teams, I’m in the team above this sentence.
I love shapes so I took lots of photos of big buildings. I love the architecture of all the buildings big and small. I especially like the designs of new buildings, but I liked the old buildings because they had a lot of colour in them.
I was really suprized that there was lots of green in Sydney, we had a small area where some plants grew. I saw lots of gardens in Sydney and really healthy plants.
We went to a museum called the Rocks museum we went on a tour with a lady named Tracey. We went around and learned the history about Sydney. The Sydney harbor is really a beach the buildings were built on top of the sand and opening of the beaches shore. I learned this information from Tracey. Tracey told us about bush food too. She said that all the aboriginal people use to use the bush food. I tasted some of the nearest bush foods. I was really facinated when I learned that piece of information and I will always remember it just incase I got to Sydney in the future. Thank you Tracey
My friends and I are having a group photo with Tracey. As you can see behind Tracey is a painting of when Sydney was old and its coming into whats in Sydney now days.
We were lucky to go to Taronga Zoo I saw Emus, Giraffes, Koalas, Echidnes, Kangaroos, Crocodiles, Snakes and Big and Small Lizards. I love Koalas and I got to touch a Koala. I learnt that a Koala sleeps 20 hours a day. I was impressed how much a koala sleeps. Unbeliveable!!
We got an amazing chance to see musicians play their instruments they performed Morzart at the opera house I loved the way it was created. It looks like broken sea shells. I had a really exstrodanary time with all the kids there in Sydney, every thing was just PERFECT.
These two people are people I met in Sydney the young lady’s name is Caroline and the girls’s name is Jaunita. I had a wonderful time in Sydney I wish I was still there. I met new beautiful and kind people , I went to new places, discovered old history of Sydney. I would like to thank Cottage b y the Sea and the Cathy Freeman Foundaition for giving us kids our expirience of our life time. My mother could never give me an expirience like that. Thank You Cottage By The Sea and Thank You Cathy Freeman Foundatinon. You have put a goal in my Heart.
Faith Stevens Djomula
On last week Sunday in April 26th Me and Faith was going from Elcho Island, to Darwin to Sydney. We started the next day by meeting all the new adults and other kids and writing in our Journals. At night we went to the Sky Zone and it was so exciting!
The next day we went to Bondi Beach and we were eating yummy food at Bondi Beach. After that we went to the Zoo and we saw lots of Koalas and lots of lions at the Zoo. And I loved the Koalas, they were so cute but the lions were Scary.
We did lots and lots of other really good things, like playing different sports, meeting new people and learning how to talk in front of lots of people without being too shy. I felt happy when I went to Sydney, we ate all different kinds of food and it was healthy.
THANK YOU Cathy Freeman Foundation and Cottage by the Sea for looking after us and organasing this once-in-a life time experience for all us children.
By Tatiyana Wali