Sacha the Koala
©Nic Meyers (11 years old)
One day there was a koala and she was called Sacha. She
lived in Melbourne and every morning she would drive to work. She was a
grumpy lawyer and always got stuck in heavy traffic. She got so grumpy
with Melbourne traffic that she bought herself a Ferrari and a
Lamborghini but she still could not fix the traffic problem. She would
swear at every car and yell and beep her horn very loudly. But that
still didn’t make the traffic move any faster. She even tried putting a
super sized bull bar on her car. Nothing worked and day after day she
would get speeding tickets and reckless driving tickets.
One day Sacha was driving to work when she screamed at the driver of the
car in front to hurry up. The driver got out of the car and flashed his
police badge at her and told her to be quiet. He explained to her that
it was important she be patient and treat the other drivers
respectfully. Sacha was very scared but pleased the policeman explained
to her that she needed to change her ways. From that day on Sacha didn’t
go through red lights yelling at people or smashing their cars with her
super sized bull bar. She knew that it was important to obey the laws so
that everyone would be safe. She was much happier also.
Podge the Dragon
©Kelsey Wheaton (9 years old)
Once there was a dragon in Dragon Land named Pudge which only fed on
vegetables that looked like meat. Pudge was very unpopular, mostly
because he was so podgy. He grew yummy vegetables in the shape of meat
so that he could be popular. Unlike the other dragons Pudge did not like
meat because the dragons were being cruel to all the Oodles that were
their livestock. Oodles are crazy sheep, cross bird cross cow livestock
that the dragons eat. Pudge bred Oodles so that he would have lots of
friends. A few days after a recent festival Pudge had moved into the
mountains for more land for his Oodles. One day later some of the Oodles
had disappeared from the farm. Pudge had no idea what had happened to
them so the next day he set out to find them. The next day Pudge set out
to find the Oodles and before he left he saw a dragon by the name of
Crabin. Crabin was Dragon Land's biggest criminal. But then Pudge saw
what Crabin was holding it was his Oodles. Pudge ran after because he
was so chubby but then he flew until Crabin flew too high for him and
then he just dropped out of the sky. When Pudge woke up he found himself
in a den of another dragon but it wasn’t Crabin’s. It was another dragon
that did not eat meat because there were no bones and there were heaps
of vegetables and fruit. When Pudge walked around he saw that there was
two dragons in there. He walked in and knocked on the wall and said:
‘Hello!’ to the other two dragons. They were quite scared at first and
then when they introduced themselves and they got to be friends. The
smaller one was named Annex and he had big round eyes and the taller one
was named Bozo and he had a huge head and big feet. When Pudge told them
about the story of Crabin and all the Oodles that he had taken, but once
he had said that they took him just outside to show him Crabin’s cave.
Afterwards Bozo and Annex told Pudge all about what had happened to
their Oodles and then they decided they were going to get all of the
Oodles back. Later when they were leaving Crabin turned up and blew them
back into the cave so it would bide him some time to get away to steal
more things. When Pudge and his friends had got to the cave they peeked
in and when it was clear they searched everywhere until they saw the
Oodles and all of the appliances with Crabin. But what was Crabin doing
with the Oodles. He was cooking them food and being friendly to them.
This was different a change in Crabin. They tip toed towards the Oodles
and then Crabin turned around and their hearts beat as fast as ever.
Then Crabin saw them what would he do but then he said:
‘Would you like a cupcake?’ This was amazing. He was being nice instead
of being angry. Pudge walked up to him and asked:
‘Why did you steal these things?’ and then he said:
‘I am very poor and I need friends. I was like you with no friends apart
from Oodles and then the drought came and all of the Oodles died. So I
got lonely and I thought the only way of getting friends was to steal
Oodles and appliances to make the Oodles happy!’
‘The only way to get friends is to be yourself!’ said Pudge to Crabin.
After a while Pudge and Crabin got to be friends and took him, Annex and
Bozo to the town and then they all made friends unlike before when he
didn’t have any friends. Then Dragon Land was free from robbers for
©Scott Wilkins and ©Simon Torpy (both 11 years old)
This story is about a
girl who was the leader of a rebellious gang. The people in that gang
had lost their family in war. This made them so angry that they just
wanted to kill the people for the fun of it.
This is our version of the story of Sonia:
One day in a quite village, a huge army swept through the village
killing many of its people. In that village, there was a small girl who
the only one that survived the tragic war that had gone through village.
That girl's name was Sonia and she had seen her mum, dad, brother and
sister being killed in front of her own eyes. Sonia walked to another
town to find help, but she couldn't find any. Although she did find some
other that had lost their family at war as well. Those children then
became friends and started to make a gang for the purpose of getting
revenge on the people who had killed their parents. They started killing
people just so they could get some relief from when all their families
While this rebellious gang was killing people there lived a man called
Hamid Hossaini. This man worked for the United Nations as a peacemaker
for countries that had been damaged by war. On one of his trips to
Tanzania he learned about a girl called Sonia. Mr Hossaini wanted to
help this gang and its leader so that they could live a normal life. Mr.
Hossaini called in his special police force and said to the police.
"Please find this gang and bring them to me unharmed." When the police
found and arrested the gang, they were brought to Mr. Hossaini to be
interviewed. In the interview room Mr. Hossaini talked to its leader and
asked how old he was. He said he was a twenty one year old male but Mr.
Hossaini didn't believe that and said you can go but come back tomorrow.
The next day Mr. Hossaini interviewed the leader again and she admitted
that he was a nineteen year old male but Mr. Hossaini still didn't
believe this so he made him come back tomorrow. The next day Mr.
Hossaini interviewed the leader and he said he was sixteen and underage.
This was good information but he still didn't believe him so he got him
to come back tomorrow. The next day Mr. Hossaini asked how old he was
for the final time but as soon as he said that the leader said he was
fourteen years old and was a girl named Sonia. This was shocking news to
Mr. Hossaini and was amazed as she let down all of her hair down! Mr.
Hossaini asked her if she wanted to go to school but she pleaded that
she didn't want to go to school. So Mr. Hossaini said he would set up a
fruit stall for her and she agreed that would be good. In the end Sonia
got to sell fruits with the help of Mr. Hossaini and she lived happily
©Laura Scrimgeour and ©Emily Savis (both
11 years old)
"I'm not leaving without my baby!" cried Namanda Sani.
"You have no choice," said the man behind the desk.
"Can't we change the papers?"
"There is not file for a Rita Sani!" the man said impatiently. Namanda
went back to her family and explained what happened. They decided that
it wasn't safe in Pakistan so they would have to leave Rita with
Namanda's sister. Namanda hesitated but had no choice ad she had to
think about the rest of her family as well.
A couple of weeks passed and Namanda and her family left their screaming
baby in the arms of Namanda's sister to go to Australia.
Ten years passed and Rita often wished she knew her family. Her Aunty
showed her pictures of them but it wasn't the same. Rita was now ten
years old and she always said that when she grew up she would find her
family. Her Aunty was worried about her and didn't want her to go but
when Rita was seventeen she left for Australia.
The trip on the leaky boat was horrible but when she arrived in Darwin
she knew it had been worth it. Rita used the rest of the little money
she had left on a plane trip to Adelaide. When she got there she looked
in the phone book for her family. They were living in a small flat on
the other side of town. Rita had to walk because she had no money, and
it took her hours to get there but eventually she made it. She was so
nervous her hands were trembling especially when she lifted her hand up
to ring the doorbell. What if her parents left her in Pakistan because
they didn't want her what if they didn't want to see her Rita thought to
herself. Rita rang the bell and an old woman opened the door. Could this
be her mother?
"Err hello," Rita mumbled nervously. "I think you are my mother."
"Rita!" her mother said. "Is that you?" Rita's parents were so excited
to see her. They talked and talked for hours. Rita got a job and became
an Australian citizen.
©Olivia Porteous and ©Caitlin Smith (both 11 years old)
Kila had never known war, that is, until the soldiers came!
Kila was scaling fish for dinner when she saw white skinned men in green
uniforms. One was heading towards the village. They looked a bit like
Mr. Hossaini, a peacekeeper who had visited nine years ago. The one
closest to the village was carrying a long bang-stick (a rifle). The
stick suddenly went bang and a Parakeet fell out of a tree. Kila ran
back to the village shouting out:
"Look out! Look out! Bang stick ahead!"
Kila was puffed but she managed to find the energy to jump into the
chief's bedroom window where she found him having a snooze. The chief
woke at the sound of his wife's cooking pot breaking. "What's going on?"
he said sleepily as he got out of bed. Then another bang sounded and he
jumped up. "I want all the men to the ambush positions! All men to their
Kila ran outside only to see lots of dead Parakeets lying on the ground
and the white skinned men in green uniforms called soldiers picking them
up. She looked up into a tree and saw a soldier sneaking up on her own
pet Parakeet. Then she heard the bangs. Her mother grabbed her around
the waist and pulled her back to their hut. "What's happening?" she
"We're moving out of this village tomorrow," answered her mother.
Kila was packing up her clothes when she heard another lot of bangs.
Then she saw her big brother with a long stick out there fighting.
"Where's dad?" she thought and looked everywhere for him. Then she saw
him creeping around the side. She watched him and saw him steal a bang
stick from the soldier's camp. He crept back round to the chief and gave
him the bang stick.
The next morning her mother got her up before dawn and told her that
they had to leave. Her mother was crying so she asked her mother what
was wrong and her mother said that her big brother had been injured in
the ambush to defeat the soldiers and was staying with the chief until
he got better.
A bit later they were all ready to go to another island where there was
no fighting. Her mother and her got into the canoe first and then they
lifted the two youngsters into the canoe with the neighbouring family.
The two mothers rowed across while Kila sat talking with her friend and
the youngsters played together and fished for food.
They arrived at the other island at sunset. It was a festival and Kila
was expecting to see lights and dancers when she entered into the walls
of the village but instead she saw no one out and nothing happening
except for the ashes on the fire turning into coals. She could just see
so she set up a tent with her friend.
The next morning her mother woke her up when the sun was above her head
and told her that they were allowed to stay in the village but they had
to collect the water from the lake every morning before breakfast. Kila
was very happy about this and when she was dressed she ran about the
village to find some other children to play with.
Twenty five years later Kila was scaling fish for tea when she saw some
green uniformed men, like the one's which had visited 25 years ago but
without bang sticks. The tallest one came up to her and said that he was
an Australian and asked if he and his friends could stay and study the
"Sure" Kila said, "Come this way."
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