Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WAR ANIMALS

Today we learnt about war animals. "So what are war animals?" you may ask. They are animals that are used in war and they helped the army by doing things they couldn't do.This included pigeons taking messages, dogs listening for the enemy and cats eating the rats and mice that ate the supplies. Horses, mules and donkeys carried the injured men off the battlefield and carried the heavy supplies. We would love to hear your opinions about this video in the comments below. Here are some comments from the students who are arguing about whether or not animals should be used in war. Report from Tom and Will C.
In Ivan's opinion,"Dogs can be great company. But, they can also be trained to sniff out explosives or listen for the enemy."
In Madeline's opinion, "Animals have been, and still are, help we've always needed. However, this is no excuse for animal cruelty. A long time ago, one thousand horse were sent to war and only one returned."
In Katherine's opinion, "Horses were once used to carry food and most importantly, to help wounded soldiers to safety such as the famous example of Simpson and his donkey. On the other hand, it could be dangerous for animals to be at war with no protection and they could easily be killed, die of hunger or suffer from a lack of water."
In Corinne's opinion, "Animals play a big part in today's society and in yesterday's war and should continue their noble work."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HOLY THURSDAY-Student leaders wash the feet of their friends.

Before school finished for the holidays, we re-experienced the events of Holy Thursday with our whole school. Our student leaders followed the example of Jesus, and washed the feet of their friends, parents and teachers. 
May we follow Jesus' example and be servants to one another.

Holy Thursday Liturgy from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

REVISITING THE INSPIRATION OF FRED WILLIAMS

Fred Williams spent a great deal of time in Europe. Australia is so different to England and Europe, as he found out when he returned to Australia. The colours here are so vibrant and strong compared to the soft blues and greys that he was used to. He painted the Australian landscape with new vibrancy. We viewed images of his forest works including, "Sherbrooke 1961." The artist liked the strong vertical lines of the tree trunks making a pattern across the page. By having no horizon line, he created the impression of being in the middle of a dense forest. Afterwards, we created a variety of interpretations based on the Australian landscape. INSPIRED BY FRED WILLIAMS on PhotoPeach

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Student Blogging Challenge

This year, all our Year 5 & 6 students will be participating in the Student blogging challenge.  This is a series of 10 weekly challenges intended to provide a diverse range of experiences for our students.  The added benefit is that we are joining students and teachers from around the world and will be interacting by way of comments with many other students from USA, Canada, UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Russia and more.   

Our Student Blogs are all conveniently available from this site 
We would love you to view our student blogs and leave us some encouraging comments and ideas!






Friday, March 7, 2014

PERSONIFICATION

Experimenting with Personification: look at what we wrote!

Everyone knows what a person is, but do you know what personification is? Personification is when you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn't human or, in some cases, to something that isn't even alive. There are many reasons for using personification. It can be used as a method of describing something so that others can understand. It can be used to emphasize a point. It is a commonly favoured literary tool, and you may in fact use personification without even knowing it.

Today we learnt about personification. We looked at some examples and shared our favourites with the class. We then were able to create our own personification- here are some examples from the class. (Katherine and Mia)

Mia: Happiness shone in my heart!
Katherine: Joy swept through my body until it came rushing out my eyes.
Daniel: The waffle jumped out of the toaster.
Corinne: I held bravery's hand through the cave.
Tessa: As I leapt out the door, I heard the wind calling to me, "Freedom, freedom!"

Jonathan: Death was closing in on me!
Nicholas: Bad luck wouldn't leave me alone!
Will J: When I woke up, joy sprang through my window.
Akon: Bravery followed me as I was fighting for my life!
Isabella: Hunger controlled my stomach when I was in class.

Ava: The moon winked at me through the clouds.
Madison: The rainbow lifted me from my sadness.
Cooper: Bravery told me to stand up.
Will C: Joy hit me in a flash when I found out I had won.
Jacob: Freedom gave me the chance to live.

Connor: Joy struck me as quickly as a flash of light.
Tia: Hunger is nobody's friend.
Jamie: Freedom patted me on the shoulder and set me on my journey.
Madeline: Fear towered over me!
Joe: Bravery was by my side the whole way.

Ivan: Loneliness consumed me as I sat in my cell.
Tom: The tower leered at me nastily.
Natalia: Moonlight danced on the water.
Gemma: When I listen to the song called, "Happy," happiness shines down upon me.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CARITAS "JUST LEADERSHIP' DAY

Social Justice is an issue that is important to us and everyone around the world. Today we had a conference provided by Caritas Australia. Megan taught us about equality, generosity, raising consciousness and many other things. We were fortunate to play many games that were tied in with justice. Finally, we had time to plan justice initiatives for our own school.

Akon and Gemma


CARITAS "JUST LEADERSHIP" on PhotoPeach

Saturday, February 1, 2014

COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY

And so another year begins...we are all shiny and "uncrumpled," ready for a brand new start. This year our scripture theme is,"Companions on the Journey." We will be exploring its depth throughout the year.



So for some "Hopes and Dreams in 2014!"

-that this year our class achieves a lot by learning together
-that I can follow the Gospel message and learn more about others
-that we all come together as one
-that I have many opportunities to get to know others well
-to get to know everyone in a way that makes our classroom feel like home
-that this year we can really push ourselves to experience and learn many different things
-to be highly focused in our learning

Please add some ideas that will inspire us further!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

INSPIRED BY FRED WILLIAMS

Fred Williams Art - The inspiring red dry landscapes of Australia are all rolled into one artistic masterpiece in Fred Williams, "My Garden." 

We put our ideas on the paper, interpreting his style and ideas as we went. Australia is so different to England and Europe, as he found out on his way back to Australia after travelling to Europe -and which led him to become a contemporary artist.The colours here are so vibrant and strong compared to the soft blues and grays that he was used to. 

We used orange and red paint as a backdrop and, once that was dry, we printed with cardboard or painted on trees and shrubs with black and white paint. Overall this art was very interesting and fun. It didn’t really matter if you accidently splattered paint or put a huge blot on your work because it was easily covered up. We were all inspired greatly and the end result was amazing! Fast Facts- Date of birth January 23, 1927.  Place of birth Richmond.  Date of death April 22, 1982 Place of Death Hawthorn

Reviewed by Mairead and Madi


Fred Williams Landscapes from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MELBOURNE ZOO - a response

The students were asked to respond, in any way, to the wonderfully educational visit to Melbourne Zoo. Read Jess' response!

Friday, October 25, 2013

SAFE AND HAPPY DAY

Today, we celebrated Safe and Happy Day. During Circle Time, which we do in our cross age groups, we engaged in reflections that tuned us in to our own and other's feelings. We also brought a gold coin for the "Save the Children's Fund," an organisation that is committed to creating a world where every child has a safe and happy childhood.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE NIGHT ARRIVES - 2013 SCHOOL PRODUCTION

Ivan : You can hear the crowd applauding as they whoop and cheer for you! You can blink in the lights as they shine in your face and make you feel like true superstar. The idea of travelling Australia was a great idea and really showed the culture and beauty of our land.

Akon: After visiting beautiful Victoria and South Australia,the family headed to Western Australia, meeting some boot scootin boys and girls, while listening to some country music...oh, and the Flame Trees, the beautiful classic, touching the audience's heart.

Rylee: Finishing off with flame trees was beautiful...singing the song loudly, but smoothly...the atmosphere was filled with emotion.

Joe: I was feeling nervous backstage as the narrators spoke their opening lines. I peeked through the curtains to hear, "So sit back, put on your seat belt and enjoy the pleasures of our wonderful students and our Great Southern land." Then I knew it was time....


Conor: Have you ever felt that feeling...when you're about to go on stage...about to show everyone in that audience...what you're worth...what you've got  and how awesome you are? You've got one chance, not two, and the only person who can make it work is you!


Simon: "Senior MY and their amazing act are coming!" I imagine my family saying as I step onto the stage!I walk on to the stage and hear the music....I loved it!


New Project 7 from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

IDEAS SHARED ARE THE BEST IDEAS OF ALL!

Through our classs twitter account, we received this great link from another Melbourne class studying the same environmental issues as us! Establish your environmental footprint and much, much more!


http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/people_and_the_environment/human_footprint/footprint_calculator/