Sharing, empathy & refugees:  ADAPTATION OF room on our rock by Kate & Jol Temple

Only available Term 3 2020

Key themes:  Empathy; sharing; immigration

Curriculum Areas: Literacy; Personal & Social Capability; Ethical Capability; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts

Suitable for: Prep to Grade 6

Teacher resource pack included

Session length:  1 hour including Q&A


Show synopsis:

Sally the Seal lives on the rock with her friends, but she has a secret she’ll protect at all costs – she can’t swim! So when a big storm rages, and some new seals come to the rock, Sally has to decide whether giving up her secret is worth it to help some new friends in need.


“Good explanation of empathy, with relevant examples.” – St James PS, Yamba NSW

“Loved it. Very entertaining and captured the message within the book.” – St Stephens College, Coomera QLD

“The students were able to gain the emotions of the story through your interpretation with believable characters.” – Binda Public School, Binda NSW

“A great balance between story and audience participation.” – King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale SA


About the show:

We are delighted to present an adaptation of Room On Our Rock, written by Kate & Jol Temple and illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton.

Read conventionally, it tells the tale of a group of seals who fear the approach of a strange pair of seals, one a child, whose rock is being overwhelmed by the sea. However, there is more to this book than a simple one-way reading can reveal.  If you start reading at the back of the book and read all the pages in reverse order, it becomes an uplifting tale of acceptance, encouragement and hope.

It is a beautifully illustrated story with a very powerful message that all ages will enjoy. The feedback from schools, teacher/librarians and parents is that younger students are enjoying this book as a story about empathy and thinking about others whereas older readers are making connections to social issues.  It’s an exciting book which resonates with so many different age groups.

Kate & Jol Temple, along with the talented NZ artist Terri Rose-Baynton and publisher Scholastic, are donating $1 from the sale of each book towards Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation’s Refugee Action Support.  It’s a program that helps refugee students get the literacy support they need to meet the challenges of the classroom.



We include a structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum.  We discuss the themes raised in the show and support Inquiry Learning by discussing how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.

 “Was great how it was run by you and not just the kids asking random questions. (10/10)” – Bargara State School, Bargara QLD



$7.95 (exc. GST) per student.

Please note there is a minimum of $795 (exc. GST) for up to 100 students