Friday, August 31, 2012


Enjoy these great shots of our fabulous Fathers' Day Breakfast and Footy Day celebration!

Thursday, August 30, 2012


This week, our Social Justice Team organised "Crazy Hair Day," to provide funds for a school and orphanage in Sudan which is assisted by Ngong and Ateil's father. He came as a guest speaker and presented a moving talk and slide show about his work in war torn Sudan.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Handing over to students as teachers is a powerful classroom experience! Yesterday, one each of our Grade 5 and 6 students taught their peers the problem solving strategy of "Creating a Tree Diagram." Enjoy the reactions of the other students and of our teachers as well!

Teaching our Peers! from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Week is of great value because...

Book week is of great value because:
...we can celebrate the different genres of writing  (Jia-Yi)
...we are exposed to a variety of new books (Jess K)
...learning about new books is a rich experience (Max) encourages us to read more (Hannah K)
...we learn from books (Vanessa M)
...we learn about the different forms of writing (Hailey) studying books we learn to improve our own writing (Ngong)
...we can make connections to our selves, other texts and the world (Chloe O)'s a great time for sharing (Simon)
...other authors inspire us (Norhan)
...authors get to share their own experiences (Hannah P)
...authors have the chance to showcase their work (Mrs Y)

Monday, August 20, 2012


Our first book week reviews are hot off the press!!

Jess K: "For all Creatures" is such a quirky and fun book! It shows us that no matter how small you may be, you are still important. It teaches us how important it is to be grateful for life...even for the smallest of insects...all creatures have a life we  need to respect. I thought the illustrations were colourful, bright and exaggerated! They included a bit of fantasy and really set the scene.The sentence I liked was, "for leapers and lily leaves, for rushes, reeds and rivers, we are thankful." I loved this is so powerful and imaginative and it should be rated Children's Book of the Year.

Jia-Yi: The book "For all Creatures" praises all the animals that have been placed on this earth. The theme was being grateful to the wildlife.The author uses imagery and onomatapoeia to make each new description different and unique, such as "for choruses of croakiness" Each and every line is completely different from the other so that it captures the readers' attention and evokes an image of a particular animal and its description. The part of the book that appealed to me most was the ending, "For all creatures, the winged and the walking, the old and the new, we are grateful." This just shows that each and every part of the world belongs there and when you change one piece you change it all.

Harry: "For all Creatures," is a moving story that uses many descriptive words along with the power of onomatopoeia. It shows how important wildlife really is and how beautiful animals really are. The illustrations were filled with brilliant colours and extraordinary patterns and there was not a single, dark, unhappy spot on any of the pages. The book has a certain quirkiness, but in a fun way. I'd like to say that, "For all Creatures" is a great book that expresses our need for animals in an extraordinary way.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

AMAZING DAY AT Australian Centre For The Moving Image

Our current inquiry led us today to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image where we attended a lecture entitled, "Belonging." The discussion and film clips inspired us on our journey to make our own films for "Screen It," ACMI's annual filmimaking competition. Please enjoy our observations after each film clip

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
.."everyone can fit in.."
.."everyone was too busy to notice others..."
.."we need to take time to look around...
.."what is really lost in this story?"
..."the friend didn't leave the Lost Thing in the odds and ends place but persisted in finding it the place of belonging..."

My Place

 "when you have a friend, you don't care what others think and say that might be hurtful..."

..."if you were in this situation, how could you help others belong..."
...'offer encouragement, not avoidance..."
..."don't be a bystander when others need you..."
..."it can be so amazing when people feel they belong..."

 What factors do you believe contribute to feelings of belonging?

 Who is excluded in society today?                                                         

How can we as students be more others to belong.         




Wednesday, August 1, 2012


We become used to just publishing our finished work, after all the trial and error! So why not show our first try-outs and ask for advice right from the start. These are our first efforts using green screen-we each had only a few minutes to prepare...we know there is so much more to learn and it would be wonderful to get advice from those of you who have used green screen. What can you tell us to help our practice develop?
Green Screen Feedback from Marg Yore on Vimeo.