The Bodalla CWA held their International Day on Wednesday, June 18 in the Bodalla Community Hall.
This year the country of study is Botswana and as in previous year’s students from years 5 and 6 at Bodalla Public School contributed their projects of study about the country.
Bodalla CWA president, Colleen Constable welcomed the guests, students and teachers to the afternoon tea and started the proceedings with everyone singing the Australian National Anthem and then listening to the Botswana National Anthem.
Bodalla’s CWA international officer, Joanne Evans introduced the guest speaker for the day, Bodalla resident Allen Sobott and his wife Gladys who lived and worked in Botswana for many years.
Allen gave a comprehensive and informative talk about Botswana that included some funny experiences he and Gladys had had while living there which was accompanied by an interesting and at times humorous slide show.
After Allen’s talk it was time for the students from Bodalla Public School to display their projects and give a small speech about what they had learnt about Botswana.
Then it was time for the CWA afternoon tea, but not before guests had the opportunity to sample some of the culinary delights of Botswana.
First to be tempted was Bodalla Public School teacher, Phil Jones who tried one of Barbara Smith’s Mopane grubs, a popular Botswanan dish.
Although Phil was a little hesitant at first, he sampled one of Barbara’s grubs much to the delight of the students.
Barbara is fast becoming renowned for her candied clones of exotic international delicacies.
The students then served their homemade samples of some Botswanan dishes before everyone partook in the Bodalla’s CWA delicious afternoon tea.