Lucy Tanner (Year 6) and Konstantin Mihaylov (Year 6)
During Term 3, Year 12 Barker were asked to use their wild minds to create a curious creature to highlight the 2020 CBCA Book Week theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Year 3 were then given the task of creating a narrative around the drawings. They considered habitat, defense mechanisms and other features. This exercise shows how communication and collaboration across grades produce interesting (and fun) results.
The Pop-Paint Drop-Cloud has colourful dots on it and water drops in its eyes. It holds a plain bucket, and when the cloud goes to bed the bucket sucks in the cloud. The colours of the cloud are ruby red, rose pink, magenta purple, leafy green, ocean blue and a vibrant sunshine yellow. And if the Pop-Paint Drop-Cloud doesn’t have much sun it disintegrates into colourful bubbles. It has straight, skinny legs and curved arms with only three fingers. When the cloud releases rain, if someone catches it in their mouth, the cloud will get angry and make a big storm come, causing disastrous floods.
Ava Denner and Grace Prasnicki
The Clocktupus looks like a big clock and it is half clock and half octopus. It has yellow and green tentacles and a red and yellow clock. The Clocktupus lives in the Great Barrier Reef, with fish and sea snails, and it eats small sharks. It can read people’s minds when they’re trying to tell the time and has a view of 360 degrees. It can only see certain colours, such as green and yellow and it smells like seaweed with a pinch of salt.
Jett Kyselov and Hannah William
The Jim Bob sunflower is very angry and frustrated because he must brush his crooked teeth. He has yellow petals, green leaves and a brown centre. He lives in Bunnings and when someone tries to pick him out of the ground, he will shoot out petals, so they go away. Jim Bob is very big and irritable, and he jumps out of the ground and runs to perform a dance for all the customers at Bunnings. His petals are bright and delicate, and his stem is curved with leaves for hands.
Zahli Peters and Izna Wagle
The Electro Cyclops lives in thunder storms and only appears when there is thunder. It absorbs light and the more light that it absorbs, the more power it gains. At night is loses its power. It is blue and a bit bigger than humans. The Electro Cyclops is scary, and it can’t see any colour. It smells like smoke from all the lightning and it has bright electricity running through its body. When it has a lot of power, it attacks people – if they try to harm it.
Peter Mavroucas and Egbert Huang
Illustrations edited for publication by Addison Possami (Year 8)