Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sun is Shining, the Wind is Blowing, So Why Still Burn Coal? (Natalia's wise question.)

The Middle Matters experts have their say..
Can the Government reduce our use of coal in the future? Many people are saying that this mission won't be easy, but if the government stops thinking about money, it would make it a lot easier.

There are alternatives to burning fossil fuels. Wind turbines and solar panels have been harnessing energy and could potentially be the way of the future.... Madeline

Renewable energy is possibly the end to all of our electricity problems - it's easier, safer to manage, it's unlimited and it's good for the environment...except for one major downfall - the price! Renewable energy is more expensive than coal and not everyone can afford that....Tom

Though the technology for renewable energy is expensive, some people believe this is the way to go because it doesn't pollute the air and is completely renewable....Ivan

Many years ago, the government wanted  20% of our energy to be green by 2020. Now, energy prices  have increased, the plan is being reviewed and may decrease or be forgotten in time.

Green energy is the future, but what exactly is green energy? Green energy is energy made from nature - renewable and sustainable. We can collect energy from water, waves, wind and sun....Jonathan

Friday, June 20, 2014


Girls' Report:

Corinne: Today was really fun and a thrilling experience for us. The girls lost a game, drew one and won five. We were very happy with how we played and everyone from the team stepped up and played a little better. Overall I think everyone has improved from today and we have a awesome day to remember!!

Boys' Report:

Tom and Dan: The soccer round robin was great fun. We were undefeated before we lost in the final against Holy Family 2-0. It wasn't an ideal outcome but we had plenty of fun all the same. We all played well and are extremely happy that we even made it to the final.  Thanks to Ms V for all her support.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

100 Word Challenge - Brazil!

TOM'S WORDS   http://100wc.net/

I can't believe that we made these seats! They were the very last ones so we're very lucky to see the World Cup Final, England versus the Netherlands. I've got my food...now for the whistle...there it goes! It's a great start. Things are looking good for England. "Ooooh," goes the crowd, Gerrard's been fouled and he's earned a free kick right in front of goal. He lines up, takes stock of the situation and goes for it. The ball is followed by every eye in the crowd and, "Yes, it's a goal!" But, I guess that's what happens when you're in Brazil, watching the greatest game of all!

Monday, June 2, 2014


After watching this media clip,we
have some opinions about vaccination and whether or not it is a good thing!

Madison asks," In the future, would you give your child a vaccination? I certainly would because what if one day, all of a sudden, your child contracts whooping cough? What did you do? Did you not give your child a vaccination?...it is one quick jab and the pain is gone!

Ivan believes: Vaccinations are very important for keeping away diseases but, some believe they can cause side effects. Is this really true? Although vaccinations may cause side effects such as a fever for a day, they are very minor and shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Madeline comments:  Having vaccinations could possibly save your life, though many believe otherwise. Many believe vaccinations have side effects such as disabilities or even death. None of this is true. Vaccinations actually prevent diseases and help create a healthy immune system.

Will C notes: A lot of people don't believe in immunisation beacuse they think it's not natural for the body.However, vaccinations are known to help many people around the world...scientist have proven the bad effects aren't true.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Congratulations on wonderful running all round, St Lukes! You were worthy winners of the Division Cross Country Event!


Today it's CINQUAIN

A cinquain is a poem derived from the Haiku and the Tanka forms of poetry. It consists of 5 lines.

Line 1: Title
Line 2: Two adjectives
Line 3: Three verbs
Line 4: A statement or feeling
Line 5: Synonym (similar word)         By Jamie

Strong, Fierce
Baking, Blazing, Sizzling
It destroys many lives 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Today we went to church for a special healing Mass. It was a moving experience, after Mass, to talk to the parishioners who had received the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
As well as chatting to them we served them lunch. The Middles provided an amazing choir which the parishioners always really love and appreciate!

Corinne and Georgia.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CONCRETE POEMS-taught by Georgia

Concrete poetry—sometimes also called ‘shape poetry’—is poetry whose visual appearance matches the topic of the poem. The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture, as well as through their literal meaning.

Teacher  Response:Thanks, Georgia. Being the artistic one, I knew this form of poetry would suit you. I love the idea of the flight of the bee. You illustrate exactly what a concrete poem is meant to be. The concrete poems produced by your classmates show they were engaged with the idea. 

I couldn't resist sharing some of the favourite concrete poems I found online!

Today's Poetry Form - QUATRAIN

After Will and Madeline's lessons:

Corinne wrote: ABBA
His big, heavy hooves fell deep in the snow
Shaking away his frosty white hair
His bones ache yet he doesn't care
A long journey worth to see the northern lights glow.

Jamie wrote: AABB
As the leaves start falling down
It's part of the circle of life that's going round and round!
As the cool breeze starts coming on
I can't hear the birds singing their song.

Ivan Chan wrote: AABB
Swaggering along
Singing this song
Eating my chips
Lickin' my lips!

Jonathan wrote: AABB
 Going on a mission
To do some fishin'
Caught one fish
Going on my dish!

Akon wrote:AABB
At the bay
Wanting to stay
Mum said to go
But I said, "No!"

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Today I presented the Tanka poem to the class and I thought it went pretty well. I think I explained everything clearly and I think everyone understood. Below you will see my Tanka and those of other students who were inspired by my teaching.

From Corinne:
A shattered window
To send shivers down my spine
Through a creaky door
Is.there any more to come?
These questions I dare to ask.

From Tessa:
Darkness up above
Bright moon with surrounding stars
Bats screeching in trees
Possums running round all night,
Sunrise, possums and bats hide.

The sun shines right down
with rays of heat and sunshine
Rain soon comes around
Wind twirls and whirls through the trees
Weather unpredictable

Friday, May 16, 2014


Gemma and Daniel were our poetry inspirers today with their poetry form, the "Lantern Poem." Below are the poems they inspired others to write.

Isabella wrote:
the green trees
In the winter
Mia wrote:
Through the summer
Natalia wrote:
Having fun
Swiftly swooping
Tia wrote:
Very Sharp thorns
Corinne wrote:
Soft to touch
Into Summer
Ivan wrote:
So much gold
Makes me look cool
Joe wrote:
On ground
Specky mark
All those flyers
Akon wrote:
So precious, both
Madison wrote:
Read it
You need it
You so want it


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HAIKU-students teach one another how to write poetry.

The next poetry topic was "Haiku," and the teachers today were Ivan and Nick.

Teacher response: Nick and Ivan, you prepared a wonderful presentation about how to write haiku. The process was clearly explained to the other students. I really enjoyed your own work and, again, you made the "how to" part easy for the class. I will now publish some of the student work that resulted from your lesson!

Joe wrote:                                                                   Tessa wrote:
At the MCG                                                                Outside in the sun
"Up there Cazaly!" they screamed                            laughing, playing all day long
many years ago.                                                         'til the bright sun sets.

Corinne wrote:                                                             Jamie wrote:
Through the tall, barked trees                                    Stars cover the sky
the soft breeze whispers to me                                   sparkling and glittering down
at the crack of dawn                                                    as day turns to night.

Madeline wrote:
Gallipoli plains
The bugle blows long and loud
in nineteen fifteen

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Corinne and Kathryn speak! 

At the moment we are doing a students teaching students programme. We are studying poetry and we learnt about a poem called the sonnet. It was a form of poetry used by Shakespeare. Firstly, we researched it and found out that a sonnet has fourteen lines with ten syllables in each line. It has three quatrains with the rhyming pattern of ABAB meaning the first and third line rhyme and the second and fourth line rhyme. This is repeated twice before a couplet, which is simply two lines that rhyme with each other.

We created this poem together!   

Teacher Response: As a teacher, I am blown away by the power of peer teaching. From the outset of this exercise, all students were highly engaged in the lessons each pair was preparing. As the fortnight came to an end, students were keenly selecting the days for their presentation. Engagement during Corinne and Kathryn's presentation was high. All students have had a really good go at writing the first quatrain of their sonnet. We will publish some of their efforts. And how do I feel as the teacher? Excited, engaged and enthusiastically brainstormimg the next possibility.

Corinne and Kathryn: your sonnet is beautiful, reflective and creates amazing images for me. You have captured the essence of this form of poetry. You have attended to the strict requirements of a sonnet's structure. Have you explored one of Shakespeare's sonnets?
 Sonnet 18, Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? is perhaps the most famous. http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/18.html  It is thought to be one of the most widely read poems in all of English Literature. Try reading it then click the link for further explanation of the meaning. See how close you were to interpreting Shakespeare's intention!

Friday, May 9, 2014


This week one of our fabulous Mums came to talk to us about her work at the Royal Children's Hospital. She works with newborn babies, especially those born early, in the Butterfly Ward. She cares for them day and night and especially after their operations. Some stay a long time before they are well enough to go home. The Royal Children's Hospital is a fabulous child friendly, fun friendly place.

Cooper and Madison.