“REMEMBRANCE DAY” by James Aitchison

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On the eleventh hour

Of the eleventh day

Of the eleventh month, 

1918, the guns fell silent.


World War One, 

The war to end all wars,

Was over.


Lest we forget, in Flanders fields,

The poppies grew blood red,

When Aussie boys, far from their homes,

Were number’d ’mongst the dead.


They came from farms where red gums grew,

From ’neath the Southern Cross;

No friendly sun, no magpie’s cry,

Would ever mark their loss.


In ev’ry town, in ev’ry park,

Their solemn statues stand.

Lest we forget those brave young men

Whose honour shaped our land.



“The Lily Sleeps Tonight” by James Aitchison

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Teaching tip:

Ask students to bring cuttings of spring flowers.

Then invite the class to sing and clap to the tune of

A-weema-weh The lion sleeps tonight.


The Lily Sleeps Tonight


A-daffodil, a-daffodil, a-daffo-dil, a-daffo-dil

A-dah-li-a, a-dah-li-a, a-dah-li-a, a-dah-li-a

A-hyacinth, a-hya-cinth, a-hya-cinth, a-hya-cinth

A-butter-cup, a-butter-cup, abutter-cup, a-butter-cup


In the garden, the mighty garden

The lily sleeps tonight

In the garden, the quiet garden

Its bloom is a delight


Camellias, camellias, camellias, camellias

Ranunculus, ranunculus, ranunculus, ranunculus

A-tulip-too, a-tulip-too, atulip-too, a-tulip-too

A-daffodil, a-daffodil, a-daffo-dil, a-daffo-dil







“A mockery of crockery” by James Aitchison

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A mockery of crockery


“Hey diddle diddle,”

Said the cat to the fiddle,

“The dish ran away with the spoon.”

The fiddle said, “Yo!

“That spoon had to go,

And the dish wasn’t round like the moon.”


“Hey diddle diddle,”

Said the cat to the fiddle,

“What are we going to do?”

The fiddle said, “Man,

“Eat with your hand,

“That dish and spoon belonged in a zoo.”

“Farmyard frolics” by James Aitchison

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Farmyard frolics


The farm wakes up to the sound of chooks,

The pigs give the cows some dirty looks,

The grumpy goose nips a sleepy sheep,

The ducks duck into the pond so deep.


The rabbits dig in the vegie patch

While the dogs wake up and have a scratch.

The horse goes for a little canter

And birds enjoy their feathered banter.


The scarecrow yawns and gives us a grin —

Even he can’t sleep through all the din!

What a busy way to start each day,

When all my farm friends come out to play.

“Make reading your secret power” by James Aitchison

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Make reading your secret power


Wimpy Kid and Winnie the Pooh,

Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit,

Rangers Apprentice and Dr Who

All give you the reading habit.


The words form pictures in your mind

Just read a book and find out how!

You will never get left behind

When readings your secret power!

“Dizzy Disney” by James Aitchison

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Dizzy Disney


The Lion King got Tangled

in Cinderellas hair,

while Pinocchios long nose

tripped Mulan on the stair.

Beauty and the Beast came down

to see what was the fuss,

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

said, please do not blame us!

Aladdin called for silence,

The Little Mermaid cried,

Sleeping Beauty couldnt sleep,

but Pocahontas tried.

Bambi ran Into the Woods

and hid behind a log,

and Dumbo was Frozen when

The Princess kissed a Frog.