G'day everyone, I'm Teddy Bourne and I am both a student of Swanbourne Primary School and an enlisted member of the Australian Army. I have been an important part of the school community for many years.
When I am not in class with the students, or on deployment with the ADF, I hang out with Mrs Jones, the Defence Schools Transition Aide, in our friendship room.
My favourite time of the day is when kids come and visit us at lunch and recess to play games, do craft activities or just for a chat. I love a cuddle too, I am a teddy bear after all!
I really love to visit the students in their classrooms. It’s great to see what everyone is up too. Whenever there is a special event or excursion, I join in.
Every now and again I get to go home with one of the kids for the weekend. I have had some of my best adventures on these weekends.
My role here at school is to help kids understand what life is like for Australian soldiers and their families. My job as a Trooper in the ADF helps me to do that.
It can be very difficult for defence students when Mums or Dads go away for their work. At times it can be for long periods and sometimes they have to go without having much notice at all. Sometimes kids feel scared or worried because they don’t know where their parent is or what they are doing. It is very hard to imagine a place you have never seen!
On my trips away with the army I experience first-hand what the other soldiers do. I send photos and letters back to the school so kids can get an inside look at what goes on. Taking the mystery away can make it a lot less scary to imagine what Mum or Dad are up to. It is also very interesting to see the important work the soldiers do and understand what exactly their j
Having me around can help students find the courage to speak up and discuss how they are feeling with friends and teachers.
Being an ADF kid can mean lots of moving around the country. Starting a new school can be hard at first. I can help friendships blossom when students interact with me in their games and share me around for lots of cuddles
This year the students of Swanbourne Primary are writing journal entries and sharing photos of all the fun and adventures I get up to while with their class.
I hope you enjoy reading them!
Year 1 Room 6 “This week Teddy came to our class. He went to Art, Library Yoga and Running. We also made him a house, ipad, phone, some pictures and a decorated house with coloured sticks. Everybody Loves Teddy Bourne!!”
Year 1 Room 3 The Year ones are such busy bees! I was exhausted after my week with them. Here is what they wrote about our time together:
“Teddy Bourne came to our class during weekend recount writing. After Science on Tuesday, Hamish took him to Art. That same day I took him to Yoga. On Wednesday, Elkie took him to music. Everyone LOVED having Teddy Bourne visit our class!
Year 4 I couldn’t wait to go camping with the year 4’s to Forest Edge camp, after all, learning bush survival skills is a big part of a soldiers job. I had some indoor practice with the Pre-Primary’s last week but this was the real thing! The year 4’s wrote a very detailed entry in my journal all about our adventure. “In term 2 all the year 4’s went to Forest Edge on Camp. We were so lucky we got to take Teddy Bourne with us. On the bus Teddy played I Spy with Charli and Mia. After a lot of rounds with Teddy Bourne winning we went on with a fashion show. Teddy Bourne put on lots of awesome gear but the one that stood out the most was the gangster gear and he also put on Mr Souter’s glasses.
When we got to camp we had recess that we had to bring ourselves. Then we had free time and most of the kids chatted or played a ball sport. Then we had lunch which was rolls with veges. Half an hour later we got our hats and water bottles out ready for our ‘get ready for activities dance’. When we woke up the next morning at 6.30am we had to pack straight away. Teddy Bourne helped everyone pack. We had pancakes and cereal and then we did low ropes. Teddy did really well. After a quick lunch we had to leave. On the bus on the way back, Teddy sat with Jorja and Mia and played I Spy and told stories. We really loved having Teddy Bourne come on camp with us.
Pre-Primary rooms 1 and 2 This week I went to visit the Pre-Primary students; they are so much fun to play with! They wrote in my journal:
“ Teddy Bourne went on our excursion to Fremantle Literature Centre. Teddy had so much fun!” “ Teddy camped in the home corner, he likes sleeping in the tent. Thanks for visiting us!”
For my first adventure after arriving home from deployment overseas, I was invited to go along with the year 3’s to the Gin Gin Observatory. It was very interesting, I didn’t realise there was so many different constellations! Here is what the students from room 10 had to say about our evening out. “ In term 1 all the year threes went to the Gingin Night Observatory and we were lucky enough to take Teddy Bourne. He travelled on the bus with us. At the Night Observatory, Teddy Bourne got to look through the telescopes. We could see the Archer, Sauce Serious, The Dog, Leo the Lion, The Southern Cross and The Milkyway. Teddy Bourne thought (probably) that it was the best excursion ever. We think that he wants to go again. The excursion was so much fun.”