Kogaru Art Boomerang “burrung” with Scott.

On Tuesday after class, a group of students joined Scott Rotamah from Kogaru Art for a Boomerang Workshop. Scott, an Aboriginal artist from the Bunjalung community of Northern New South Wales, showed the students how to paint traditional symbols onto their own boomerang. He also explained that the word “boomerang” is English; the Aboringinal word is “burrung”.
The students learned how Aboriginal hunters used boomerangs to scare birds from crocodile swamps in Northern Queensland, making it easier and safer to hunt them.
On Wednesday, after the paint had dried, the students took their “burrungs” to the park to learn how to throw them. Most students were successful in getting them to return and Violeta from Spain was clearly the best!
Everyone had to duck for cover as her boomerang whizzed back over their heads!

Friday Night at BBELS

Friday night there was a special drinks and jam* night at the school. The music was great with some help from two Swiss students, a Spanish student singing some songs, lead singer Max of course, Dave on Bass and his son Lewis on drums, the family rhythm section!
150 students, ex-students and friends made up the night.
*To jam (verb) – musical collaboration/ an informal meeting of musicians.

Buddy BBQ Night

Another great Buddy night – even on a cool winter’s evening! 80 of our BBELS students had dinner with a student from a different country and different class – and of course only English was spoken.

BBELS students enjoyed a night of fine food and drinks, with great steaks and salads from our chef in Café Oska. More drinks were had upstairs with entertainment from Max, Michael and some of our musical students!