School Heritage Walk
The Warrimoo Public School Heritage walk started at the car park near Mrs Mac’s classroom because it was the original building in the school.
The Kindergarten building looks different to all the others because it has old-fashioned bricks and tiles that look brown and speckled like grandpa. It is as old as people’s great-grandparents. In 2015 it is still there and still intact.
The first Library was a big white bus. The bus was as old as an antique vase. It was taken away because they built an actual Library near the office but it burnt down. So they built a second Library in the same spot. Now-days the second Library is a classroom. In 2010 our Library was built. There is a clock in there that is all burned and cold from the first library. It’s called ‘When Time Stopped’
The school used to be a dairy. At first there was just one cow but eventually there was a whole herd. They roamed where our buildings are now and down into the bush. The barn used to be where the Multi-Purpose Court is. The track and drainage pits with concrete edges still exist. The soil is very rich, black and soft near the MPC from all the cow droppings that were hosed out of the dairy shed.
Nearby is a permanent spring that forms a small, reed-covered pool. The aborigines knew that they could always find water there. Later the cows from the dairy found it and would go there for a drink. Today it is the home of a small brown endangered frog.
Rainbow Rock is the coolest thing to see. It is as colourful as oil in the water. It is believed that it gets the colour from all the times Mrs Beaton took children there for Chalk Art. Really, Rainbow Rock gets its name from all the lichens and mosses making it beautiful and the rock layer on top eroding away. It is as rough as a crocodile's teeth.
Turtle Rock is about halfway through the walk, just past Rainbow Rock and is a natural landmark of Warrimoo PS. It is in the midst of scrubby bushland in a little clearing by a skinny track, made by Mr Banffy, who was once a Principal at the school. Through the bush we saw a rock that was shaped like a turtle’s back. It is about 3m in length and is as checkered as a real turtle’s shell. It has little rocks sticking out of it that look like flippers. It is thousands of years old and is as hard as a metal wall. The moss on Turtle Rock is as green as lime fruit and looks like green camouflage but makes it easy to fall off. It is hard to get up and down, especially for little kids but is fun to climb on. The look of it in the sun blinds me. It is as beautiful as a waterfall at sunset. There is a sea of bark and a reef of trees around it. Turtle Rock makes people smile which is pretty special.
Beyond the turtle you find another old outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is made of a few casual, old, wooden seats in the woodlands. They have rusty nails that look like copper. There’s a lot of leaf litter near them. The chairs altogether fit about 40 average awesome aussie kids.
In the 1800’s some men built a water tank. The water was used to make rum. The water tank is next to the path. It is half rusted away because it is roughly 150 years old. It is getting weaker. They also built a cellar to keep the rum cold and to hide from the cops.
The bee tree is old and grey. It looks like a grey glove with too many fingerholes. The bees have made a hive on one of the branches and inside. The beehive is as hollow as an octopus without guts. You can see all of the black and yellow bees swarming in and out of it and if you listened you could hear the buzzing. The bees were busy making honey out of the pollen they took from the flowers so it smells sweet like a scented candle in the night. In a few years the bee tree will fall over because it is too old. Some of the wood was black because of past bushfires. Next to it there is a narrow path, a little bridge and old oily Aussie gums.
Near the end of the track are sand caves. The caves were as cool as Seaworld and have been slowly growing since the land was under the sea. They are a natural sandstone rock that was formed with tiny particles of quartz and look more like a carving in the rock. There were all sorts of natural mosaics on the roof. In some parts it was big enough to stand up in. Inside the sandstone caves we found golden dust and low, shaped rocks. The caves are yellow as daisies on green stalks. They have different colours, patterns and textures. It is like the sun at sunset. There were divots everywhere that looked like mini bunk-beds for little tiny ants. The floor is so bumpy you have to be careful when you are walking. It seemed like there were little chairs and beds inside and a bunch of sitting areas.
On the edge of the cliff line is the remains of an ancient farm vehicle. The machine was unrecognisable. It was mangled, beaten and battered like Elvis’s skeleton. It was all rusty. I would not climb it. It has slowly been disintegrating on the inside.
Written by Year 4, 2015