Bullying No Way…A National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.


       By Jessica


Harsh words fired at me like bullets exploding from a machine gun. Fresh tears streamed down my face like a raging river, threatening to drown me. Trying uselessly to fight, I surrendered to the ground, unable to bear it any longer. My outer shell began to crumble, releasing the inner emotions that held me together. When would this stop?

How would you feel in this situation? This is what bullying can do to people. Friday 16th  March 2018 was National Day of Action against Bullying. The purpose of this day is to stop bullying and take a stand together. “Blowing out somebody else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter”. Bullying is not acceptable, anywhere, anytime. It makes people feel agitated, belittled and can shatter people’s lives. Participating in this day grows students confidence, awareness and understanding of bullying. It helps all stakeholders and provides support to those who need it.

Here at school, we have done a lot to participate in the National Day of Action against Bullying, such as: writing inspirational notes to each other, making anti bullying posters, and much more. What will you do?

Maddi and Jasmin

Bullying No Way

 A soft hand crept up my body and suddenly hooked a claw into my quivering back.  My belly churned like a washing machine. Rivers of hot tears gushed down my face.

What would you do if you were in this situation?

On Friday was Anti-Bullying day. At lunch we did really fun activities. A single woollen scary spider web turned into an inspirational web full of ideas to stop bullying.In the breezeway was an encouraging yellow poster saying “Bullying No Way!”, displaying all of our names in an immense clump.Close by was a long blue table holding countless pieces of paper and textas waiting to be used. On the other side of the playground were numberless handsome pieces of paper made by Mrs W  getting ready to have a swelling crowd of people write letters to their friends, family and teachers. Ding Ding,Ding! All at once a cascade of people huddled around each activity. Rapidly, the blank poster overflowed with colourful names. The once threatening spiderweb had the youngest and oldest gathering around, helping each other to write their ideas. Posters were filled with drawings of Anti Bullying messages. A bundle of letters were written to different people who were either friends or teachers.

Remember to always taste your words before you spit them out “Courage is fire but bullying is smoke.”

By Lauren and Winnie


Writing in Year 5

“Yes,” the Year 5 girls chorused, “it’s writing time”! We all grabbed our writing books. We couldn’t wait. All that could be seen was the top of our heads as we vigorously began planning to write. The room was filled with excitement and all that could be heard, was the scratching of pens, madly writing. Minds were engulfed with creativity and hands were frantically scribbling down ideas. Smiles faded when we were told that the lesson had finished. Will we have time to engage in writing again tomorrow?

We are learning how to compose engaging pieces of imaginative writing. The first two areas we focused on were creating ‘sizzling starts’ and ‘tightening the tension’ in narratives. Some techniques we learned to use to create a ‘hook’ (sizzling start), was to start with the climax of our story (action), ask a rhetorical question, open with dialogue, use onomatopoeia or begin with a description of the setting or character.

We learned about the importance of ‘tightening tension’ using ‘pebbles’ (small problems), ‘rocks’ (medium problems) and ‘boulders’ (main problems). Here, we learned that using our five senses to infuse our writing with descriptive and figurative language, was very important. We have also learned to ‘show not tell’ and always to write to the best of our abilities. We have been enthusiastic, confident and creative writers who have all really enjoyed writing. Whenever our teachers mention writing, everyone squeals with delight.

Written by Isabelle G, Ines, Gabby, Grace Bo and Mia

We invite you to share some of our writing below

Sizzling starts   

Athletics Competition Day by Sophie H

The day is here and I am ready to run. My heart is beating with excitement. I grab my bag and run down the stairs until SNAPOuch My foot is pumping in pain.                                                   

 “Mum, help!” I think my day is ruined.


Tightening Tension

Terror of the Sea by Helena G

I watch my dying home shudder, as another wave surges over the roof. Yet another wave crashes into the the side of our house and takes my waterlogged bedsheets, now drenched in sewerage, with it. The angry blue monster gathers his strength again as he pulls back.

“More is to come,” the ocean seems to say.

My family and I struggle to escape as wave after wave crashes, getting larger and larger every second. I hear the shatter of glass and imagine photos slipping out of their frames, surrendering to the storm. I can’t watch anymore. I feel myself slipping, slowly fading as another wave washes over me. All is lost.

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?

Author Laura Sieveking inspires Year 5 Students

Year 5 students were delighted to have a visit from Laura Sieveking today. We learned about what inspires Laura to write and how we can incorporate our day to day experiences into our writing to make it more authentic. Laura reminded us to be sure to ‘show and not just tell’, when we write.

We learned that Laura went to a local school and this encourages us to realise that we too can aspire to be great authors one day, should we wish to.

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