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Stations of the cross 2015

A huge thank you to the wonderful Year 5/6’s who prepared for this years Stations of the Cross.

They showed great respect as  they stood around the oval as each class came and visited and prayed with them.

They can be very proud of their efforts!

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Welcome back to an exciting term 4

Dear Year 5 & 6 Parents,

Welcome to the final term of 2014 which is shaping up to be the busiest of the year.

We leave for our 3-day camp at Stringybark, Gembrook on Monday, anticipating good weather, a lot of fun, new experiences with a focus on leadership and team building.

This term we are introducing Genius Hour, where the children pursue a personal area of interest culminating in individual presentations. The aim of Genius Hour is to engage children wholeheartedly in research by inspiring them to achieve through personalised learning.

The Yr6 students will be involved in a seven week Public Speaking course facilitated by Sylvia, one of our parishioners, who has been highly recommended by other schools and who will seek to develop our students’ confidence and skill when speaking publicly. The Yr5 students will engage in a Leadership course that is intended to prepare them for their leadership roles in 2015.

Our Religious Education Program will pursue the notion of Change through the understanding that Jesus came to bring about change to humankind and that we, as Christians, can become agents of change. The Yr5 Parents & students will be invited to a Spirit Night where the significance of Confirmation will be explored. Advent will be celebrated as a time of prayer and hope with Christmas being the culmination of God’s amazing gift to the world.

Theinquiry question,What is change and what does it look like?” will lead the children into scientific investigations under the topic heading:Beware, change is on the way.The students will be encouraged to investigate change within the four areas of science, Earth and Space, Physical Science, Biological Science, Chemical Science and respond through scientific reports, experiments and observations of the class activities.

The Literacy Program:

Reading:a focus on Comprehension; independent reading; a novel study on The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Writing: major text types are scientific reports / explanations; recording scientific experiments; narratives.

Listening and Speaking: engagement in regular discussion groups across the curriculum. Public speaking including leadership positions for 2015.

Spelling: daily spelling will continue & specific strategies will be addressed and practised.

The MathsProgram will include:

  • Fractions to decimals to percent
  • Using percent in real life – discount, interest, tax, (Financial  Matters)
  • A very basic introduction to algebra (Yr6)
  • Review of speed, distance, time.
  • Data and Probability – activities involving chance.
  • Recording and reading data and statistics through graphs
  • Lines  and angles
  • Problem  solving.

In Sport, It is intended to continue the games we learnt last term: modified Korfball, Bloomsterball, and continuous cricket.

Major events:

Camp: Mon October 13th – Wednesday October 15th

Spirit Night: Tuesday October 28th

School Closure& Melbourne Cup: Monday 3rd& Tuesday 4th November

Celebrate the Learning: Monday December 15th

Graduation: Tuesday December 16th


Helen, Robyn, Aria & Rosemary

Guest Speaker- Winston Zammit

This morning a guest speaker came to our classroom to talk to us about packaging. I learnt that lots of packages cost more or less depending on the quality, the materials or the design. An average plastic bag costs approx 25-30 cents. An average high-end paper bag costs approx $1.00-$1.80. (Theodore)

I learnt that most bags are white and they then have the colours printed on them. (Mietta)

I learnt that it takes about one hour to make 5,000 plastic bags. (Kaye)

I learnt that there are only four colours used in the printing of bags. (Heath)

The fabric recyclable bags that supermarkets sell are made out of plastic and take longer to disintegrate. (Simone)

I learnt that high-end stores pay attention to quality packaging and tend to spend more money on packaging to make their advertising effective. It’s important for packaging to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and environmentally friendly. (Patrick, Simone, Asher, Charlotte)

There are two types of plastic bags – low density and high density. Low density bags, e.g. Myer. High density bags, e.g. supermarket (singlet) bags. They used resin to start off making plastic bags. (Chloe, Kayla H)

The process of making paper bags consumes a lot of water. Some companies pay extra to have the ‘epi’ symbol on their bags. These bags are degradable bags and they take approx 18 months to break down. Does anyone know what ‘epi’ stands for? (Rhys, Matthew)


Paper bags  Vs.  Plastic bags

Are paper bags more environmentally friendly than plastic bags? What are your thoughts?


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Volume, capacity, displacement strategy

During measurement, the children were separated into two groups.  Group 1 saw a you tube clip on the differences between volume and capacity and group 2 had to work out how to find the mass of an orange without using a scale. Each group not only took responsibility of their own learning through exploration but also had the responsibility of teaching others what they had learnt and discovered.

This is what the children had to say:

Capacity is the amount a container can hold. Volume is a measure of the space taken by something. (Asher)

The capacity of Patrick’s drink bottle was 800ml.

Maddie’s car has a capacity of 5 seats. (Kyle)

The jug has a capacity of 1500ml or 1.5 litres. The volume of the water in it was 200ml.

Displacement is when you put an object into the water and it takes up space. (Stella)

The orange we measured was 200g. We all used water displacement to measure the mass of our orange. (Fergus/Byron)

We discovered that 1 mL is the same as 1 g. ( Heath)

It is important to accurately measure the water levels of your container to work out the water displacement. This helped us work out the mass of our orange by a long shot!( Matt)



We learnt how to measure the mass of an object using water. We filled up our measuring jug with 300 mL of  water and put an orange in the water. It rose by 175 mL.  We then measured the orange using the scales and found out that it weighed 175g. How much the water rises is how much it weighs. We also found out that 1g is equivalent to 1mL.

Mietta and Steph S.



Step by step of “How to Measure how much an orange weighs by using water.

1. Get a measuring jug.

2.Fill it up with water to a point e.g. 300 mL.

3. Take an orange and place it in the jug.

4. The water will rise.

5. The amount the water rises is how much the object weighs. When we placed the orange in the jug, the water rose by 125 mL. So from 300mL it rose to 425mL. That is 125mL difference.

6. Change mL to grams as you are weighing a solid and because 1ml is the same with 1g.

Siobhan and Cassie



Does the displacement affect the capacity and/or volume of the water?

TIP: Think of ” Mr Archimedes’ Bath” by Pamela Allen.








Lots of preparation has gone into our expo items. The students have been researching and summarising information related to their big question. They have created posters, made or found items related to the topic and spent many hours putting in the effort to make their presentations informative, creative and showcasing their learning. So please come along and see the hard work and the end results.

TUESDAY  19th August

5pm – 7 pm