The Sixties Happening

Kids Step Back To A Time When Your Parents or your Grandparents Were  At School.

Get Mum and Dad up to dance Rock'n Roll with you!

When this show was first performed in 1997 most of the parents of the students were themselves primary students in the 1960’s. The Bushwahzee 60’s Happening was designed to give those kids an understanding and experience of their parent’s childhood. It also allowed their parents to relive their youth.
In 2007 this no longer quite the case, and parents are now often children of the 1970s and 1980s. However, the themes of the Sixties seem to have become universal and the issues are known, understand and appreciated by most parents and children .

NB Bushwahzee's Surf Show and Beach Party is designed as a follow up to the Sixties Happening and has similar themes, but slightly different material or content

COST: $8 per student minimum of $1945 plus GST for 3 piece band No charge for parents in the evening.

Email Felix for a quote for a two piece show

Suggested Program

We suggest the following program for the day and evening for a 3 piece band:


Time Activity
9.30–10.15 The Bushwahzee Experience (whole school)
10.15–10.45 Recess (Time for the staff to meet the band)
10.45–11.25 Teach-In for junior students.
11.25–12.05 Teach-In for middle students.
12.05–14.45 Teach-In for senior students.
12.45–1.30 Lunch.
1.30–1.50 Individual rehearsals for junior students.
1.50–2.20 Individual rehearsals for middle students.
2.20–2.50 Individual rehearsals for senior students
2.50–3.25 Combined rehearsal for middle students.
6.00–7.30 The 60’s Happening.


N.B. Teach-Ins and individual rehearsals will be led by the members of the band in separate locations.

Classroom Program for the Sixties Happening:

The Classroom Program with Felix involves the Juniors learning Shark Shuffle, the Seniors - When I’m Sixty Four and the arrival of the Beatles , and the Middle School the Overture and Finale.
Felix needs a CD player for his Seniors

The Classroom Program with Paul involves the Juniors learning the Locomotion and Twelve Bar Barn Dance, the Seniors performing I Was Only Nineteen (or as an alternative Hangin' Five) and the Middle School the Overture, the Limbo and the Finale

The Classroom Program with Cyril involves the Juniors learning Wipe Out dance routine, the Seniors -Jailhouse Rock and the Middle School the Overture, and Finale.

Surf Show

Felix's Surf Show material includes Shark Shuffle for Juniors, Overture (We've All Got  An Ocean), Final and Bombora for Middle School and Australian Sun for Senior School.

Paul's Surf Show material includes Penguin Parade, Hangin' Five, The Limbo and Let's Twist Again

Cyril's Surf Show material includes Beach Party and Wipe Out

Contract and planning

Bushwahzee requires a deposit of approx. 25%, to hold the date, on confirmation of booking and require you to confirm date and venue in writing or by the contract we issue. The band stage manager, Paul Jenkins, will contact you about a month before the performance to plan the day. Please note that evening shows are scheduled for 6pm and finishes later than .7.30pm are by negotiation only. The suggested program (above) is ideal for schools between 230 and 450 children. For larger schools we usually invite a fourth member of the band to do extra workshops. Another option for very large schools is our 2-day program

Outside Performance

Outside performances are possible for the Cabaret/Happening in the evening. Performances outdoors on warm summer and autumn nights have been a great success. It’s a good idea, however, to have a hall booked as a back-up venue in case of inclement weather. Wind as well as rain can be a problem.
It is also suggested that where an outside performance is planned that there is some shelter for the band. Where the school has a small hall, and the outside performance has rain forecast we can possibly do two evening shows in the hall - Juniors/Middle School 5.30 to 6.15 and Seniors/Middle School 6.45 to 7.30pm The daytime program almost invariably needs to be inside.

Bushwahzee Checklist

Here are some of the most common problems that we've encountered over the years.
So it would be good if you could check that........
(1) Hall for the morning show is available and has enough cleared space for the whole school to sit on the floor.
(2) Three separate venues for the workshops are available and are cleared. Hall, Library, Music Room or some other combination.
(3) School percussion instruments are in Aaron's workshop venue.
(4) Each member of staff has access to a copy of the timetable and a copy is available for each band member.
(5) If our PA is located in an area with student access, that it be supervised during recess and lunchtime.
(6)Teachers know that the afternoon rehearsals are a rerun of the morning workshops. The final rehearsal has all three workshop 3 groups combin ed.
(7)If the evening show is to be at a different location, the band has a map to get them there and the venue is available 45 minutes before show time.
(8)The evening venue is set up prior to the performance. Ideally a cleared hall with room for the band in front of the stage or along one wall. Immediately in front of the band we need a performance space about 10m. wide and 15m. deep.Then another space the same size to allow the students to sit on the floor. Around this open area on three sides can be placed seating for the parents provided the hall has sufficient space. Otherwise some chairs for those who need to sit and the space behind the chairs left for people to stand. THE SEATS CREATE A HORSESHOE AROUND THE PERFORMANCE AREA.
(9) Any food being served be situated right away from the performance area, so as not to be distracting. Or alternatively the serving of food stops 10 minutes before the start of the show.
(10) For an outside show general lighting needs to be available for the evening venue. The lighting will be needed until the band has finished packing up.
(11)If decorating the evening venue don't put anything on the wall or stage behind the band. This is where we put our banner.
(13) Payment, if possible, should be made on the day. Paul will contact the office during the day to get total numbers of students involved and finalise the invoice.
(14)The evening show normally runs for one and a half hours but may vary depending on the time taken to get the students up for there item and the audience's attention.

Dressing Up For the Sixties

There is no regulation dress for the Sixties but we encourage students, staff and parents to dress up as they see fit
Some options are:-
Colourful hippies, headbands, beads, peace badges
Paisley outfits
Elvis lookalikes
Tennis skirts or mini dresses
Super heroes like Superman Batman and Cat Woman

Rock'n Rollers

Below are Hippie Teachers from Newbridge Heights in NSW:


Good Mood Rising

Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Doo

Nunawading (Suburbs In the Sixties)

Twist and Shout

The Twist

Wipe Out

Let the Sunshine In

Beach Party

The Locomotion

Twelve Bar Barn Dance

We've All Got An Ocean

Hangin' Five

Shark Shuffle

When I’m Sixty Four

The Limbo

I Was Only Nineteen

There Is A World of Fear

Let’s Twist Again

Jailhouse Rock


Penguin Parade

Australian Sun

Events That Will Be Mentioned (some knowledge of these events might be helpful)
• the Depression of the 1930’s
• the Second World War
• the Baby Boom
• the Vietnam War
• the Beatles and their tour of Australia in 1964
• the A-bomb and the cold war
• the Peace Movement

Terms, concepts, and ideas that could be talked about
• Australia’s attitude to the Monarchy
• traditional gender roles
• regimentation in schools and throughout society
• the Generation Gap
• flower power, hippies and psychedelia
• fashion, in particular hair
• Rock and Roll
• Gurus and Eastern religions

Points for discussion
• what is "freedom", and what freedoms were seen as important by the younger generation in the 1960’s?
• how did the song, dance, music, dress and hairstyles of the 60’s reflect the search for freedom?
• what is "adolescence", and how has the world been changed by adolescents taking greater control of their lives?

The Sixties Today
• why is the music of the 60’s still so popular?
• which aspects of the 60’s have survived and which have died out?
• is hair still as important today as it was then?
• what are the ideals of the 1990’s, and 2000s and how do they compare with the 1960’s?

Suggested Projects
• Children interview their parents about their life as a young person
• Children interview their Grandparents about what their parents were like at their age
• Each child to select five characters from the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s album and find out who they are
• Create a cover with a 90’s band in the same style as the Sgt Pepper’s cover
• Decorate the hall with projects of pictures, cut outs, advertisements and photos of parents from the 1960’s
• Dress up as a 60’s character

Possible Resource Materials
• The Beatles: Sgt Peppers Album, Revolution 9(track from The White Album), She Loves You, All You Need is Love, A Hard Day’s Night, I Am the Walrus
• Bob Dylan: Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are A Changin’
• The Seekers: 500 Miles, Morningtown Ride
• Barry McGuire: The Eve of Destruction
• Scott McKenzie: San Francisco
• The Supremes: Stop in the Name Of Love
• Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze
• Daddy Cool: Eagle Rock
• Johnny O’Keefe: Move, Baby Move
• Joni Mitchell: Woodstock
• Melanie: Look What They Done To My Song
• Martin Luther King: "I have a dream..." speech
• Hair! (the musical on video)
• The Baby Boomer’s Picture Show(video)