Year 5 Travels to Bathurst

Last week, Year 5 had the joy of travelling to Bathurst to develop our knowledge and understanding of our transdisciplinary theme ‘Where we are in Place and Time’. We left bright and early on Wednesday and made our way to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters. From there we made the short trip to Scenic World where we caught the steepest railway in the world down into the valley. We enjoyed a walk through the valley observing the varied flora and fauna and relics from the coal mining period before catching the Scenic Skyway back to the top of the valley. Jenolan Caves was our next stop where we enjoyed a tour through one of the magical caves. We were amazed by the natural formations and marvelled at how they had been created.It was then off to our accomodation in the Bathurst Goldfields. After a tasty dinner we enjoyed listening to Australian folksongs and participating in some bush dancing.
Day 2 focused around learning all about life on the goldfields. We saw how gold was extracted from the ground, panned to find our fortune and participated in a range of activities that taught us what it would have been like to live on the goldfields.Life would have been pretty tough. We then visited Heritage Park, enjoying learning about the sheep and cattle that are so important to our country. A tractor ride was another highlight.

On our last day, we enjoyed some indigenous painting and boomerang throwing. We then visited a historic courthouse at Little Hartley where we heard how convicts and other criminals were treated back in the middle 1800s. It would not have been pleasant to have been flogged.
It was a wonderful trip and we have many great memories. We reflected on how hard life would have been for the early pioneers. Do you think you would have liked to have experienced the thrill of the Goldrush? Why or why not?

Sharing the Planet

Semester 2 is underway and we have started our new unit of inquiry, ‘Sharing the Planet’. Our central idea is “Physical conditions affect the growth and survival of living things.
We commenced the unit with a provocation to engage us with the unit. Our teachers gave each of us a chocolate chip muffin covered in icing, sprinkles and some lollies on toothpicks. The icing represented the ground, the sprinkles undergrowth and the lollies on toothpicks represented trees. Using the muffin as a stimulus we had to imagine an environment and then list the plants and animals that might live there. We then were told to dig for a resource (of our choosing) represented by the choc chips. Once we had collected all resources we contemplated what plants and animals might now live in the environment.
Finally, we considered what questions this provocation raised in our minds. A few of these questions were: Why do humans mine with no apparent care for the environment? Can the destruction of one environment impact another? Will new species move into environments that have been impacted by man?

Healthy Harold

Year 5 was visited by Healthy Harold this week. We all had a lot of fun learning more about the dangers of smoking. It was interesting to learn more about how our body reacts to the toxins in cigarettes and how these can effect the our body. We learned some new vocabulary as well including trachea, alveoli, cilia and bronchial tube. Do you know what these terms mean? One of the things that really surprised us was that there are 4003 chemicals in each cigarette and more than 60 of these are proven to cause cancer. Amazingly is it estimated that 7.2 billion cigarette butts are still thrown into the Australian environment every year. Thank to Libby for a real fun and informative session.

Outdoor Ed Camp : Day 2

We have had another great day and once again the weather has been kind to us. This morning we spent some time with our Cru leaders learning more about God’s great love for us. After morning tea we completed our activity rotations that we started yesterday.
Once lunch had been enjoyed we broke into new activity groups and went canoeing, fishing and sailing. Lots of girls caught some small fish and claimed to have kissed them before throwing them back, unfortunately there is no evidence of this. The canoeing challenges were enjoyed by all and yes two groups did manage to capsize their vessels, how this was achieved is still a puzzle. For many the highlight of the afternoon was sailing on the catamarans. There was a beautiful breeze which made for great conditions, especially for those who had never sailed before.
Day 2 drew to a close with the traditional camp concert. The wide variety of talent on show all goes well for the future of the Australian theatre and musical scene.

Outdoor Ed Camp – Day 1

What a great first day at our Outdoor Education Camp at Lake Macquarie. We have been blessed by a wonderful sunny day.When we arrived we were broken up into three activity groups and during the course of the day we rotated around activities. These included: Log Roll, Rafting, Abseiling and Mission Impossible (a challenge that required thinking outside the box and teamwork to solve a range of challenges.)
We all had a great day and proved to ourselves that we could rise to the challenges presented to us.
The day concluded with a trip down to the lake to watch the sunset and then some fun activities led by the Cru leaders.
We are looking forward to another great day tomorrow.

109th Birthday Celebrations

Yesterday our College celebrated its 109th birthday. It was great to celebrate this occasion by looking at what makes our School so special and why we all love to come each day. We think we might have set some sort of record as we played a huge game of ‘Pass the Parcel’ with the whole school being involved. That is over 900 girls! It was a lot of fun. Of course no birthday party is complete without cake, so that is what we had to finish off our celebrations. We love a party, especially when it involves food.

Creative Writing

Year 5 has been developing their creative writing skills. As a recent home learning task we had to write a descriptive piece of writing in response to this image. The girls were asked to focus on the use of figurative language and well constructed sentences.

Here are just two of the wonderful samples of what the girls wrote in response.

Shafts of soft light from the dying sun reach towards the forest clearing. Their final light illuminates an emerald beech tree’s leaves, creating dappled patterns on the logs below. They dance upon the glistening waters of a turquoise pool lying below an enchanting waterfall. As its great water falls, the light captures it like a thousand diamonds glittering in the sun. The soft evening wind whispers as the forest’s trees wave contentedly. A sleek fox beginning its night time hunt dashes deeper into the forest, causing a leaf to float through the crisp air. When the sun disappears, this forest will fall under the reign of the full moon, transforming it into an intriguing new kingdom in which the animals will play. Written by Steph

I stepped in the big, beautiful forest. I could hear the birds chirping like they were singing a great harmonious duet with their partner. The calming sound of the waterfall would make anyone relax. The trees were as green as a fresh lime just picked off a tree. I wandered around this amazing piece of nature with the sunlight peaking through little tiny gaps in the trees. The air smelled like flowers mixed with the mountain air. Then I heard a little quiet tune coming from one of the trees like a shy person speaking up in-front of a large crowd. So I slowly ventured towards the peculiar sound. Written by Zina

Human Identity is Ever Evolving

Our first trandisciplinary theme for the year is “Who we Are” and our central idea is ‘Human Identity is Ever Evolving’. To help us engage in the unit we had a visit from Mrs James Franklin. Mrs Franklin appeared lost and upon questioning by the class we learned a lot about her. She had somehow been transported to us from the past, a time when women needed a chaperone to leave the house, when their place was in the home and their primary duty was to care for their husband and children and a time when it was not appropriate for them to comment on political issues. When our special visitor left us we took time to ask Mrs F some of the same questions that we had asked Mrs Franklin. It was interesting to see how things have changed over time. We look forward to learning more about how our identity is ever evolving. We wonder how our identity changes and if all the changes are for the best.

Year 5 2017: We’re Underway

Year 5 for 2017 has kicked off with a bang. The girls are all very excited and are already actively engaged with their learning. This year the Junior School theme is SOAR and we will be unpacking what this means throughout the year. We have named our classes after women who have SOARED in their chosen fields.
5F is known as ‘The Professors’ named after Professor Fiona Wood and 5A “The Aviators” named after Amelia Earhart.

One of the activities the girls conducted required them to construct the tallest possible free standing tower that could support a table tennis ball. They had 25 minutes and were only allowed to use
• 13 pipe cleaners
• 25 straws
• 4 pieces of paper
• 4 pencils
• 1 ruler
• 1 pair of scissors
• 1 table tennis ball

They faced some complications along the way including only being able to use one hand for a short period of time and not being able to speak.

On reflection the girls learned
• Communication is a critical part of learning
• Think before you act or speak
• Try your personal best
• Plan thoroughly
• Reflect on your work
• Value others’ ideas
• Teamwork is the key to success
• Use your time wisely
• Be resilient when things are hard
• Have a growth mindset
• Learn from your mistakes
• There is always room for improvement

Google Expeditions

Today Year 5 were fortunate enough to attend a Google Expedition where we got to try out 3D cardboard glasses that let you see all around the world with just a phone and some cardboard. We were one of the very first schools in Australia to have this opportunity.

During the expedition, we got to try out the glasses and look around the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Underwater at the Galapagos Islands and visit a cliff in California that takes 3-5 days to climb! For each of the places we visited there were some really interesting accompanying facts that we learned.

These are all wonderful places, that we would not have been able to visit if it was not for Google Expeditions. These expeditions are still in the Beta phase (developmental phase) and so are not yet available to the general public. We think they will really help us to learn more about the issues we are studying, especially as they roll out more and more of these wonderful expeditions.
The whole of Year 5 absolutely loved having the opportunity to be one of the first year groups to try these glasses and would love to try them again.
Written by Lara and Lexi