Migration Stories

Today I would like you to explore other people’s stories about why they migrated to Australia.  You can use the website ABC Splash or BTN to find some interesting stories or click on one of the links below. You may need to watch the video more than once to fully understand what each character is saying.







Please reply in a comment below including the following information:Diversity posterDiversity postermulticulturalism

  •  The name of the article/video you watched and a link
  •  A summary of what it was about
  •  Two things you have learnt from the video
  •  Something you are now wondering about!


Your school needs you! Vote now.

Hi all, over the past two weeks we have been working hard on creating our own political parties. These have to include: a leader, campaign slogan, party logo, at least 5 members, a statement for what they stand for, two proposed bill changes associated to school (realistic/viable/costings), five pieces of advertising/propaganda (banner, badges, poster, advert, pamphlet) and funding ideas for proposed bills.

On Thursday we will be spending most of the morning until 12:30pm preparing to present to the school all of the above. From 12:30 – 12:45pm you will be setting up your political party information booth in the Upper School courtyard ready for the constituents to vote from 12:45pm until 1:30.

As Thursday is your campaign day you are allowed to come in clothes to represent your party.  You will need to make sure that you are well presented and your clothing will encourage people to vote for you.  Feel free to share this post with your parents!

After lunch on Thursday, the successful party will be given time to decide how they are going to govern the Year 6s on Friday (within the rules of the school of course!) This will have to tie in with your party statement too.voting 1 voting 2

Good luck and my the most well prepared party win!

Looking forward to placing my vote!

The One and Only Ivan – Your thoughts!

Think you’ve got your head around the book? Try this quiz


Paste these questions into a comment below answering them in full sentences. Justify your answers with examples from the text using your reading response journal as a resource.

Why did Applegate choose to have Ivan tell the story?

Give an example of either a simile or a metaphor from the text and use it in a sentence.

There are many characters in the book show don’t tell me about one of them

What is so important about the relationship Stella and Ivan have

if you met Mack what would you say him?

Do you think Mack cared about Ivan? why/why not?

Snickers and Bob are both dogs. But why are they treated so differently in the story?

Describe the part of the book which you think left the most lasting impression on you? Why?

Magna Carta

After watching the BTN clip and researching the associated websites on the BTN page. Tells us in 100 words how you think the Magna Carta has help shaped politics in Australia via a comment below.






Diggings Diary

Let me introduce you to our 1850s character from the diggings:

His name is Edward, but he gets called Eddie most of the time.  He is 12 years old and has come to the Ballarat diggings with his family from California.  His papa is John and he is a Wheelwright by trade. His mama is Esta and she is a housewife that takes care of his little brother James (9) and sister Alice (7).

Eddie is above average height and a little clumsy.  He is skinny with green eyes and straight brown hair. Eddie is smart, creative, resourceful and likes animals.  He has a tanned face and some freckles.

Stay tuned for the whole 26 days of his first days on the diggings in Ballarat!

Old fashioned sayings

image imageHere is a list of the sayings we learnt at camp!

Manners maketh the man

All that glitters is not gold

Children should be seen and not heard

Spare the rod and spoil the child

A stitch in time saves nine

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Youth is the time to learn

Cleanliness is next to godliness

There is a place for everything and everything in its place

The three S’s – silent straight and still

Can you write 4 – 5 sentences explaining what one means and applying it to life today?

Sovereign Hill camp 2016

What a wonderful grade I have. They adapted to life as an 1850s child exceptionally well! Including not being able to run if you were a girl, using a slate, quill and ink writing, standing to address the class, adding ‘Sir’ to the end of each comment and receiving the cane if you were late to class!

We all had so much fun dressing up and playing the role of people from the gold diggings.image image image image

Race day is here!

Congratulations 6A, after 4 long, hard weeks of preparation, Solar Boats race day is finally here. I am so proud of each of you for the persistence, dedication, organisation and getting along skills that you have shown over this project.

During races, only 2 people from your team are required. Make sure you take turns, so everyone has a chance to race your boat. You must have a table in your maths book to record the times for each race and any alterations that you make to your boat. Everyone in your team needs this table.
During a race, one person will put the boat in, the other person will time the race. The ten race times will be averaged for your team to work out who may get to complete in the finals

You may also want to take a video or photos of the race.

In addition to racing today, there are number of other tasks that MUST be completed. They are listed below.

  • Race Day blog post, include:
    6 images in a gallery with captions. You can use the gallery option through insert media, or investigate a website to use to create a gallery and insert it into your blog post.
    A video of your boat during a race heat.
    A reflection tool from my blog page. You MUST select a tool that requires you to respond in FULL detailed sentences.
    A table or graph showing your 10 trial race times
    A visual poetry word cloud. This is a free app, search ‘visual poetry’. If you have access to the app store, you can create one of these. If not, have a go at using something like pic collage to arrange some solar boat words.
  • Near Pod Survey. Access Near Pod through a Safari search. The code is: JGPLO
    When you ‘sign in’ please use your proper name and an initial if there are multiples of your name.
  • Best poster vote. Following the prompts, write a short paragraph on which poster you think is the best poster. You cannot vote for your own poster.

Good Luck, may the best boat win!

Ipad Protocols

  • Kept in a hard case and stored safely
  • Picture of themselves on lock screen easily identified
  • IPad name must be your name and class no more than 2 emoji’s
  • No passwords
  • IPad is a learning tool and should only have relevant apps installed
  • Only to be used during class
  • Manage your storage – clean out unnecessary photos, videos, games etc.
  • Your iPad is your responsibility and food, storage, charging, transport needs to be carefully considered
  • Damage must be reported immediately