Is this the Easter Bunny?

The way you can measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 36 – 4th April 2007

Welcome to Kidz Newz especially to all new subscribers.  Kidz Newz is a regular newsletter with information and teaching tips for anyone involved with young children.  You are receiving this because you have attended one of my workshops, purchased a book, or you have requested to be on the mailing list.  Thank you.  Please forward this to anyone you feel it may be of interest to.

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My PD/Conference Updates

ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts) Genazzano FCJ College, Cotham Road, Kew, Melbourne 16th and 17th June 2007.  My presentation will be on multicultural music and movement.

ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) 40th Anniversary Conference. Perth (Western Australia) Convention Centre 6-10 July 2007.  I will be presenting two workshop sessions –
Movement and Dance in the Early Childhood Classroom
Multicultural Music and Movement.

CAYPAKS (Children And Young People Are Key Stakeholders) Conference Perth Western Australia 23-25 July 2007.  I will be conducting a Skills and Activity Based Workshop titled “Using Music and Movement to Empower Children at Risk”.

Is this the Easter Bunny?

In searching for an appropriate article for Easter, I came across this hilarious picture and article in Wayne Mansfield’s newsletter The Maverick Spirit, and wanted to share it with you. Many thanks Wayne for your constant source of great material! For more of Wayne’s inspiration, please go to

He weighs in at 22 pounds (10 kilos) and measures a little over 3 feet (1 metre). He is a breed of rabbit called German giant (how appropriate!). This is his owner, Hans Wagner, struggling to hold him up. From the NY Post article:

How did German Giant get so big? Wagner said, “We don’t feed him an unusual diet. He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favourite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it.”


The above-displayed photograph and accompanying information were taken from a 3 February 2006 New York Post article. The critter pictured is German Giant, an angora hare belonging to German breeder Hans Wagner. The extraordinarily large hare weights 10 kilos., measures 45cm high on all fours, and stands over 1 metre tall on his hind legs.

Herr Hare is unusual in another way, he noted. “Unlike some other rabbits I’ve had, he’s really a gentle character ‘ a gentle giant.”

He’s a German Giant, one of the biggest bunnies on the face of the planet, and he’s still growing, according to his owner Hans Wagner, whose hair-raising angora hare was the highlight of a recent rabbit fair in Berlin.

Quotes of the Week

You have to think anyway, so why not think big?  Donald Trump

“Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”                                              
Mark Twain, 1835-1910, Writer and Humorist


Why We Love Children


A  little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room.  When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked,  “What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?”  


It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me “Is that a dog you got back there?” he asked. “It sure is,” I  replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.  Finally he said, “What’d he do?”


I enjoyed the fast pace that kept all of the children fully occupied.  Great music!  The kids enjoyed the physicality especially the parachutes, scarves and games, e.g. ‘cat and mice’.

Peter Clarke, Frankland Primary School, Western Australia

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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