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

So much learning going on!

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Yesterday we received a comment on this blog from a school in London. They are starting a blog and wanted to know some tips. Year 5 worked in small groups to come up with the following advice. I think our students have great ideas. Is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know in a comment.

Hi Year 4 and Ms O’Donnell,

Thanks for visiting our class blog. We really enjoy blogging and think that you will too.

When starting a new class blog you should:

  • Include a Blogging Guidelines Page so commenters know how to comment and to leave a nice comment which keeps them safe on the internet. Respect your school’s blogging policy.
  • Make sure you don’t give away any personal details. Also you will probably have the ability to edit comments, so make sure that the people who comment don’t give any personal details about themselves.
  • Include an About me page – it is necessary to have an about me page so visitors who look on your blog know a bit more about you / your class
  • Add a few widgets: (example) Clustrmap, Flag Counter, or a Class Pet. This can make your blog look more interesting and organised. But please don’t go crazy with cyber pets!
  • Choose a theme that you like and don’t change it too often
  • Post once to twice a week (regularly) and use categories and tags. Make your posts interesting – write about things you love!
  • Add some media: pictures or videos – they will make your post much more interesting but be sure that you acknowledge where they come from and who owns them. Always check that you are allowed to publish images to your blog.
  • We would recommend telling people about your blog so they visit and comment. You can also add a subscribe by email widget which means your visitor gets an email when you publish a new post. You should comment on other blogs and interact with other classes. That way you will get more visitors and comments on your blog.
  • Once your have started we highly recommend that you sign up for the student blogging challenge on  you will learn lots about bloggging!
  • We use the edublogs platform and highly recommend it for student bloggers.

You might find this video from Mrs Yollis helpful too. She and her students are very experienced bloggers. We learned a lot from them.

We wish you well at the start of your blogging adventure. Please visit us again and let us know your blog address so we can visit you too.

From the Year 5 students at year5rc

TEAR ~ What is it?

Today Year 5 were challenged to think about the letters in TEAR. What might they stand for?

TEAR Australia is a charity that we have supported at school for many years and will do again this year. The girls brainstormed possibilities. They had lots of fantastic ideas as you can see. A few clues were needed to get some of the actual meanings (which, by the way, is Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief.)

We talked about what these words mean to us and how they fit into the work of TEAR. Our new central idea is “We can express ourselves through our beliefs, values and actions.” Can you see how the work of TEAR Australia might be connected to our learning? Please comment and let us know what you think.fullsizerender-157

Science in Action

Since returning to school from our holidays we have been fully engaged in Science! Each student has come up with a science investigation related to solids, liquids and gases. We have been predicting, explaining, observing and recording. There is great excitement as the experiments unfold. Not everything always goes to plan but we are learning to think as scientists and to go back and try again. Here are some photos from the many different investigations that have taken place.

Can you guess what is happening in our experiments?