passion for language and story enthrals children and adults, and keeps
them talking about the tales long after she has gone.
Jackie graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in the ‘70s. She has worked in theatre, film and television and has a Bachelor of Education. A familiar face on several of the ABC’s education programs she was also a contributing writer.
Jackie has won several short story awards and
Storytelling awards 2002 and 2007 Port Fairy Folk Festival and in 2007
Spirit of Woodford.
Jackie will travel to the west and north in the metropolitan region of Melbourne and the Greater Geelong area.
Children responded very well. Pre-School age children chatted afterwards about their favourite stories (all of them!) and tried to retell a couple themselves. As the kindergarten teacher I thoroughly enjoyed the session too. Judy Cole, CSIRO Care
Jackie is an excellent Storyteller Kay Harrison, St Andrews Kindergarten
Students were very engaged and involved in Jackie’s presentation. Gwenda Burnett, St Mary’s Primary School
Jackie was great. The children were very engaged in Jackie's stories and thoroughly enjoyed all of her tales...they were willing participants when she called on them to join in with the retelling, as well as coming up on stage. We really loved the 'traditional' quality of her stories and my girls are still making string stories. Nitsa Antoniou Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
3 - 5 years 30 or 45 minutes
All programs include songs, poems, chants and opportunities for participation.
A selection of favourites. This program offers the greatest flexibility and is recommended for groups with a wide range of language skills. Kinder themes can be included.
Aardvarks, Bats, Cats and Ducks – an ABC of animal tales – mischief for your enjoyment.
Down by the Sea
What will we need to pack for a day at the beach? There’s sand, water, a lighthouse and look out for those cheeky seagulls.
Are you planning a Teddy Bear Day? How about the Three Bears Rap and other teddy tales?
Kings and Queens and other folk in palaces
Bees in their trousers! Big ears! Princesses who can’t laugh! Why is it that royalty have so many problems and how wisely do they resolve them? This session explores the humour and folly of many familiar characters.
A selection of light-hearted stories for Christmas.
All Programs 45-60 minutes
P-6 A Feast of Stories
Especially for small schools, a mixed program for all ages.
P-2 Small Serves for Small People
Animal Tales from Around the World
Folk and Fairy Tales
A Serve of Favourites
Yr 2-3 Medium Serves for Medium People
Tricksters and Bullies
Folk and Fairy Tales
Yr 3-6 Big Serves for Big People
Stories for the Heart
Tales from Around the World
Sometimes teachers are looking for an incursion for a specific event or to complement an aspect of the curriculum. Jackie may be able to tailor a program to suit your needs. Just ask.
Years 2-6 60 minutes
· Max. 25 per workshop
· requires a clear space for drama games
Are your students hard to motivate? Is it difficult to get them to put pencil to paper? Jackie will take them through a creative journey using storytelling, improvisation, drama and language games. Let them celebrate the joy of words and see how practising out loud can lead to a written text.
All Year Levels 60 minutes
Stories Old – Stories Told
Do you have a strong oral component in your curriculum? Folk tales are the well-spring of literature, oral and written. Jackie will entertain as well as demonstrate the folk genre – the fable, parable, pourquoi and cautionary tales. She is a powerful teller and will hold the attention of your students. Jackie is respectful of the cultures from which she has collected her tales and inculcates respect for the stories from her listeners.
Storytelling with Tiny Tots and Pre-Schoolers
Storytelling with Primary Level Students
Learn and tell a story in one hour.
Language, Listening and Lots of activities to use 3 hours
Activities to use with the children, to enhance their language literacy and story-creation skills.
Language literacy covers spoken, written, aural, visual and cultural literacy - how children familiarise and contextualise their place in the world and create the stories to demonstrate it. This workshop powers through a wide selection of story games and activities that can be variously combined in the classroom or library. Many tools to take away with you.
Telling Personal Stories 3 hours
The stories within, the old tales, tales of our younger days - still so relevant for now. Learn how to assist your students in sculpting their life experience into story, creating personal tales for today to share.
The Spirit of Story: Advanced Storytelling Skills 3 hours
Metaphor, transformative stories, the relevance of ancient stories in today’s world. All this is explored and participants’ storytelling skills are challenged and enhanced.