Friday, May 15, 2015

Global Connections@Behind the News


Today we were listening to Carl the interviewer from" Behind the News" to see what it was like when he did the "Live Below the Line Challenge." The challenge was to only have $10 to spend on food over 5 days. We had learnt from viewing the episode. A more personal message came from Carl and the message he was trying to tell us was to be grateful for what we have and not take precious items for granted. It was great to ask him questions on Twitter about the challenge. It showed we can learn a lot about the world from outside our classrooms.-Jamie and Chloe

Monday, May 4, 2015

PERSONIFICATION

After reading a poem entitled, The Wind, we discovered it used many examples of personification. We decided to have a go at writing our own examples about the sun.  
Ciaran: The sun glared and pounced onto the hillside. He covered the earth with a bright, red cloak, and slapped sunburn onto helpless victims as he devoured the earth with his boiling flames. Stephanie:The sun baked the earth until it was golden brown. Her eyes watched over us until the moon rose. She guarded the sky until morning was nigh. Eden: The sun jumped into the sky. His long, warm fingers tickled the earth. His bright, yellow face glowed cheerfully at me. Joe:As the sun went for a rest, the moon, his friend, took his place. Travis:The sun spread his red arms across the land, hitting creation with his gentle hand. Hiding or shining bright, the sun goes to sleep when it reaches night.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AUTUMN ETCHINGS

Enjoy our pastel work, inspired by Van Gogh!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEEDS AND WANTS

Today in our Justice inquiry, we talked about our needs and wants. We got into groups to work out what resources and we needed to live and what things we valued, but we were only allowed SIX different resources per group. Overall, we thought that a house, clean water, food, family, good health and democracy were most important to be able to live a worthwhile life. We think that today's task was really fun because it taught us about the essentials in life rather than what we want to be happy.   WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID...?

Elisa and Stephanie

  

Monday, April 13, 2015

WHY JUSTICE?

Today we started a new topic of Inquiry. "Why Justice ?" is our new question for our topic inquiring into Social Justice. We used a graphic organiser called a Frayer-Concept Model  so our teacher could see what we already know about Justice. The graphic organiser had questions like, "What does acting justly mean?" and, " What are some non-examples of Justice?" When we finished our graphic organiser  we took sticky notes and wrote some of our answers for display. I think this will be a good topic because it will teach us about how lucky we are compared to some people in other countries and communities.

Please join us in exploring by adding ideas to our question,
What does justice mean to you?"
By Eden and Ben






Friday, March 20, 2015

INTER SCHOOL SPORTS DAY

A day the Seniors will never forget!!!! At our local track,middles and seniors competed in a fun,interesting and stunning inter school sports event. Everyone gave it their all,and never gave up which was great to see. We challenged other schools in athletics and field events. It was a great day and we all had fun... especially when our school was called out as the winners!!!! We all shouted at the top of our lungs in a respectful manner. It was such an enjoyable day that we will always remember. Thanks to all,from Dylan and Ciaran!!!!







Thursday, March 19, 2015

St Patrick's Day Mass and School Fundraiser

On Tuesday, the SRC went to the annual St Patrick's Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. All the catholic schools in Melbourne came to this Mass.The grade 6 SRC were chosen to hold the banner and process through the cathedral representing our school. After we processed into the church, the Grade 6’s sat under the massive organ. There were TVs all around the church so we could see the Archbishop blessing everyone and then he started the Mass.There were hundreds of children and adults. After the Mass, we toured the cathedral with our teachers. Then we had a celebration in the Exhibition Gardens. Overall we had a fun filled day! 

 Ben and Tully

 Meanwhile, on Wednesday, everyone donned their green outfits and the Justice Team helped with our annual Green Day Fundraiser for Caritas.

ALL IN A FLAP!

Enjoy our flappy birds, so beautifully captured today in oil and chalk pastel! ALL IN A FLAP! on PhotoPeach ALL IN A FLAP! on PhotoPeach

Friday, March 13, 2015

PLASTIC NIGHTMARE

The students usually write the posts for our class but, today I'm feeling proud of the great work they are doing so I'm having a turn! The actions being focused upon, in learning about writing an exposition, include writing a provocative opening sentence, using rhetorical questions and utilising modality when giving opinions. Some excerpts of writing, and the movie used as an inspiration, are included below.  Mrs Y

“Plastic Nightmare”
 From Steph....
During the 21st century, plastic bags are part of our everyday lives but do you actually know what the consequences of using them really are?

Australia uses about 4 billion plastic bags a year! That’s enough plastic bags to make a chain long enough to reach around the world 24 times, yet we still continue without considering the things that are suffering.


From Joe:
NO! NO! NO! Nightmares are bad but the worst nightmare is a plastic nightmare.Plastic bags, killers aren't they, by getting into the ocean and  killing the animals that live there? This is why we need to stop them and we must do it now.

From Chloe...

While you're busy with your plastic bags, do you really know the consequences of using them?

When you're finished using plastic bags they go to landfill, but they take forever to break down and they hang around for a very long time. Sometimes they blow away and sail around in currents until they are either eaten by marine life or end up on the shore.

From Eden...
Today we are in the 21st century, aren’t we? So why are we still getting millions of pieces of rubbish in our oceans? That’s what I want to know.

We use around 4 billion environmentally harmful plastic bags in Australia. That is enough to be tied up and go all the way around Earth 24 times but we still keep using them. More than 100,000 animals are killed each year because they have swallowed harmful plastic. Plastic is made from polyethylene which takes hundreds of years to break down.

From Will:
Are you busy using plastic for your daily shop when 3.5 million plastic pieces enter the sea everyday?

Australia uses a whopping 5 Billion plastic objects a year and 3.5 Million enter the sea a day, but in a year, 1,277,500,000 Bags enter the ocean…which isn't a good statistic.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Max Ernst inspired Collages

We took Max Ernst as the inspiration to create our own surreal collages. First we chose a black and white background and then we selected pictures from magazines. We pasted them onto our backgrounds. Text was also used to create more interest. We had a lot of fun making them and they all look great!
Elisa and Grace

Max Ernst inspires collage from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Friday, March 6, 2015

UPCYCLING

After watching BTN's fabulous presentation on "Upcycling," we began to experiment with some key persuasive devices such as writing a provocative opening sentence, experimenting with rhetorical sentences and using modality to emphasise our opinions.    http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4183196.htm



Here are some of our thoughts!

From Ciaran: 

Do you know the future of rubbish?... you should!! Everyone knows what recycling is, but do you know about the wiser upcycling? 50,000 kids in Australian are using upcycling and absolutely loving it. It puts some good fun and imagination into your life and it seems to be affecting the environment… in  an eco friendly way of course.

What is upcycling ?
Most the time upcycling products can’t be recycled. You take trash and make it into your own clever idea. For example school kids have been using old dirty tooth paste into clever little headbands. You must try this fun,creative,eco friendly idea.

From Elisa: 
So have you ever heard of the word upcycling? Well everybody should know what it means … Upcycling is where you can take trash and turn it into something new without changing its formation.


Well what is the difference whether you recycle or upcycle? When you upcycle the product stays in its original shape but when you recycle it turns into something totally different.

There are 50,000 children in Australia that are in a program where you bring things that can be recycled, then you make anything you want. You can even turn trash into a decoration!

SMALL IMAGE (PNG)Public DomainFrom Brandon P: Rubbish is surely useless right? Am I right? Well actually no! Over 50 Thousand Australian children are doing something called upcycling which is where for example you take a toothpaste tube and make it into something else like a bag. Upcycling is actually nothing like recycling.  Upcycling focuses more on using the actual material to make something but recycling focuses more on breaking things down and using the material again.  Also upcycling uses things you would usually not recycle. I think that upcycling is a very good idea and if you have a little bit of spare time why not try it? You might like it and its good for the environment.So do you think that we should keep uncycling? Instead of throwing things in the trash, we should definitely upcycle.


From Joe:
Recycling has been around for ever but have you heard of the great thing called “Upcycling”?
There is so much rubbish in the world that we will not have enough space for it on earth so let’s Upcycle.


We must Upcycle to save the earth and the people on it or we could be living on smelly tonnes of rubbish when we are older.Upcycling is so easy because you can make so many things out of waste.
Upcycling is when you use the materials that can’t be recycled like toothpaste tubes and candy wrappers. It is absolutely disgraceful if you are wasting these resources that we can upcycle.
It seems to be that not lots of people know about upcycling and we are often only told about recycling and sometimes try recycling things that we can upcycle.

This should be something that everyone does in their day to day life.You should start that trend.
This is possibly one of the world’s biggest problems today and maybe even the worst so you must start doing this to save the world as we know it.So save the world and start a trend so that you can make a difference.Do this please!





WORLD DAY OF PRAYER



This morning we joined with women around the world to pray for the women in the Islands of the Bahamas. We pray for them because of the violence they have suffered in their homes. So today we gathered in our church to pray for all those who have been badly treated.The more experienced women in our church told us about what has been happening in the Bahamas. We sang three song together with women from other churches in our area and watched some videos about the Bahamas.
It was good to gather and pray for those less fortunate than ourselves. 
We have to be thankful for what we have and know that there are always others that need our help.

Maria and Eden

Thursday, March 5, 2015

TWILIGHT SPORTS

WOW! What a great twilight sports on Monday night!The school competed in a very well prepared and quite stunning school sports. As sport captains we had to perform in a dance with the rest of the school and perform it in front of a massive crowd. After we had performed the dance we got started on our circular rotation. That included shot put, sprints,tunnel ball, running,long jump and more! Overall it was a great night and everyone competed well, but red team performed at their best.

 Tessa and Ciaran!!!!!!!