Have you ever wondered why Ned Kelly is revered as a hero? Perhaps you ponder if he really deserved what he got at the end of a rope. Well the Year 5 students had just such an opportunity in Week 3 to ask these questions and more during an incursion. Jenny from The Literature Centre presented original artworks and artefacts of the beautiful and moving book 'Ned Kelly and the Green Sash', written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frané Lessac. This book is a treasure, full of layers of meaning and rich themes to discuss.
We were impressed by the amazing way Greenwood wove the story of the green sash, presented to Ned as a boy for bravely rescuing a classmate from drowning and found around his waist when he was captured as the infamous leader of the Kelly Gang.
To see the writer's and illustrator's planning and research which had gone into the book was a privilege and a pleasure. We can't wait to use the information gained in our History assignment where we get to defend or prosecute a bush ranger in a mock trial.