Belinda Murrell Visits Year 5

Year 5 was most fortunate to have a visit from Belinda Murrell author of the the Sun Sword Trilogy, six time slip adventures and the Lulu Bell series. Her books have been recognised by various awards, including Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted KOALAS 2014, 2012, and 2011, CBCA Notable List and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards.
We also had the great pleasure of having Serena Geddes visiting us. Serena has illustrated the Lulu Bell series for Belinda.

Belinda’s talk was very inspiring. She spoke about the process she undertakes when writing, including the travel and research she undertook to enable her to write the time slip series. It was fascinating for the the girls in Year 5 to hear about how Belinda was first published and where the ideas come from for her books. Her passion for writing was very clear. When asked by one of the girls what tips she had for those who dream of writing their own book she said:

1. Read, read, read ( especially the type of book you like to read) as this will expose you to great ideas and fantastic language.
2. Write, write, write
3. Refine your work to make it better. (Belinda explained that it can take three or four months to refine her work until she is happy with it.)

Thanks to Belinda and Serena for your inspiring talk today.





Walk To School Day

The Junior School had great fun participating in Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 23rd May. (Due to technical difficulties we have not been able to publish this post until now)
The girls met in a park next to the school and then walked around the block before returning to school for a fun zoomba session led by Mrs B. Before we returned to class we were treated to a piece of fruit and a drink of fruit juice.

It was great to take part in this initiative as we helped to encourage our students to be fit and to also adopt safe practices as pedestrians.



Change and Conflict

This term, we have been inquiring into the impact that conflict can have on people and their cultures. A focus has been on examining how prejudice can link to cultural change and conflict. History has undoubtedly shown how prejudice can lead to conflict , with no better example than the Holocaust during World War 2. The girls have learned more about what prejudice is and the damage it can cause. It has been wonderful to see their empathy for those who are treated unfairly no matter who they are or where they are in the world.
We have been encouraging the girls to also think about what action they can take to help fight the prejudices that people can hold. The girls are very busily making their own claymations to help draw attention to the many types of prejudicial behaviour that is in our world. They are having a lot of fun with this but also learning that they to need to be open minded and principled. Once these are complete we will place links to some of these on this page. Below are a few photos to show the work that is going into these creations.


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The girls were at one point asked to write what they thought was the most unfair thing in their view. This response by Gemma demonstrates the deep thinking that our girls are doing.

Imagine a life where you don’t know when you will next eat and your last meal feels like a distant memory. More than 852 million people living in third world countries die each year due to starvation. Many families have to wait days or even weeks until they can get their hands on some food.

The notion of constant hunger is a dividing contrast for most Australians and other wealthy nations throughout the world. Many people end up throwing expired products and left over food in the bin. A three course meal is an expectation for those dining out in first world countries. The amount of food we consume and dispose of in one household could feed a small village.

How can our consciences allow 33% of the world’s population to starve every year? As a nation, we need to join forces with other countries and raise money for developing and third world countries and their people to deal with this problem. The money raised should be used to educate people to grow their own food supplies in rural areas and empower people in urban areas to find paid employment which will enable them to support their families and keep them well nourished. If we do this, we can work towards eradicating starvation.

Changing Cultures

This term we are investigating how cultures can change. As part of our investigations we are reading a range of novels set in World War 2. These include the Silver Sword, Number the Stars and Once. In each of these novels we see examples of prejudice and the way in which this impacts on people’s lives and how this can influence cultural change.
As the term progresses we are going to investigate the big questions of ‘How does prejudice impact our World?’ and ‘What if everybody was treated fairly? We will be linking this into our big idea of how conflict can change cultures. The girls have been very excited to learn more about World War 2 and have developed many powerful, opened ended questions.
We will keep you updated on the progress of our inquiry.

End of Term Chapel

We we were all fortunate enough to participate in a great end of term Chapel service. Mrs V demonstrated how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly after it wraps itself up in a cocoon. She then talked about how we can be changed people if we wrap ourselves in God’s love. If we do, there won’t be a change in how we look but there will be a change of us inside. We will display more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control.

Last week in Chapel we had placed our names on pictures of caterpillars and attached them to a tree. At the end of assembly this week we all got to go up onto stage and collect a beautiful butterfly with the message written under it “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person.”

Happy Easter Year 5.



Outdoor Education Camp in Summary

Just after we went to bed last night the skies opened up and it poured with rain. Many of the girls did not hear it as they fell asleep so quickly. Fortunately by the time we awoke the rain had gone.
After a great breakfast (including bacon and eggs) we had another session with our Cru leaders. It was then time for a game of Statego (a version of Capture the Flag.) We played four rounds. 5A captured the flag on two occasions and 5O on one occasion, in the fourth no team was able to capture the flag. When all the points were added up 5A was declared the winner by the narrowest of margins.
In all it was a great camp. Special thanks to Miss S for all the behind the scenes organisation. A big congratulations to all girls for the way you gave all the challenges your very best shot even though many of you felt out of your comfort zone.

Outdoor Education Camp Day 2

The girls awoke to what promised to be a beautiful day full of exciting challenges. After breakfast the girls spent some time learning more about God’s great love for us with their Crusader’s leaders. It was then time for their activity rotations. Once again the girls participated in archery, rock climbing and initiative games. An additional activity for the day was the Leap of Faith. This involved the girls climbing a ladder and then a pole until they were approximately 10 metres off the ground. They then leapt of pole to try and touch a ball hanging further out. Of course they were fully harnessed. Every single girl is to be congratulated for the resilience they displayed during this challenging activity. It was wonderful to see their sense of accomplishment once they had completed their climb.
In then evening the girls had a great time participating in the camp concert.
It was then time for another well deserved rest.
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Year 5 Outdoor Education Camp

Finally the first day of outdoor education camp has arrived. The girl have been looking forward to this day for many weeks now and we’re temporarily devastated when they learnt yesterday that the camp had been postponed. It is amazing how useful April Fools Day can be. However, they all learnt the truth and all arrived full of energy and excitement.
The girls have had a great day. After some fun orientation games and a bite of lunch it was time for the first round of activities. These were rock climbing, archery and initiative games. A great deal of fun was had by all and it was fantastic to see the resilience shown by the girls especially those who we’re participating in the rock climbing. The girls were fortunate enough to have some fun swimming and playing basketball and volleyball following afternoon tea.
After diner it was time for some more fun games including Princess Billionaire before heading off to a well earned rest so they could refresh for another amazing day tomorrow









Inquiring into Structural Adaptations

Today Year 5 investigated some structural adaptations of animals. We wanted to investigate how some animals adapt to living in cold climates. We timed how long it took for our bare hand to get cold when we placed it in ice cold water. We then put on a rubber glove and timed to see if it took any longer to feel the cold. Finally, we covered the glove in lard (animal fat) and timed how long it was before our hand got cold when it was placed in the ice cold water. We found that when we wore the glove covered in lard our hand definitely took longer to get cold. From this we gained a greater understanding about how animal blubber/fat helps to insulate seals and other animals that live in cold waters such as Antarctica and why animals that live in the tropics don’t require such structural adaptations.



Dragon Keeper Response

This term 5A is studying Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson. We are really enjoying reading the book so far. Poor Ping was a slave to the Emperor and that started to make us think about what it would be like to be a slave. We were asked to conduct a small amount of research to find out about slaves lives and to then think about what slaves would have to do, how they would feel and what they might dream about. Darcey wrote an excellent response. Here is an excerpt from her work.
Looking down at my swollen, red, bleeding hands. I seem to have spent all day out in the fields planting new crops of corn and turnips for my Master. My back is covered in painful, blistering sores that are brutally burnt into my skin by the scorching sun. My face is hot and dripping with stinging salty sweat.

I don’t know what I have done, or why I am here. All I know is that I’m Black. The White people don’t like me they call me “Filthy”. I am considered to be “bad luck”. I was sold as a servant to Master Brown when I was five. My family loved me, yet I was taken away by evil men. Suddenly my world was changed. One side of America decided they didn’t like the other. I no longer have a life, or freedom, family or friends. I no longer have happiness.

“Make my dinner you filthy slave.” roars my angry master from the top balcony of the homestead. I have always found Master Brown to be one of those people who doesn’t know how lucky he is. After all, he has got five hard working slaves, plenty of money, a beautiful house and he doesn’t even have a job! He doesn’t know how hard the rest of us blacks have got it.”

“Yes Master.” I say submissively. He gazes over the fields, that I have been working on endlessly, my sweat and tears have gone into this, to make sure it is perfect for him. I would’ve thought he’d be happy with all these new crops planted. Instead he snickers, with an unpleasant look on his miserable face and slowly returns back to his room.

I run to the homestead leaving my old broom leaning on the side of the freshly painted wooden shed. I slowly creep into Master Brown’s house, making sure I don’t disturb him and his deep, dark, miserable silence. After creeping around like a tiny mouse, I attend to making his dinner. There is an awful lot of food for just one man. My stomach aches every night, at the wonderful thought of fresh vegetables, juicy meat and steamed potatoes. I get to work, adding the vegetables into the pot one by one. Beautiful smells wander from the food causing my mouth to water, I desperately want to take some food for me and the other slaves. Surely Master Brown will not notice, or would he? After all he eats enough food to feed five ravenous families. I decide not to take such a risk and ignore the temptation. I pick up the shiny silver bowl and fill it to the brim with steaming hot food. This makes the awful pain in my stomach grow into a large beast. Another angry order bellows from the dining room, “Where’s my food? Ten lashings for you!”
“Sorry Master!” I reply from the kitchen as I quicken up my pace.