Raquel and Gemma
We are passionate about helping to save the Snow Leopards. They are an endangered species. They are hunted for their fur and body parts that are used in traditional medicines. Their habitats are also being destroyed. We taught all the grade 5/6 students about their plight and ran a sweet stall to raise money to send to the Save the Snow Leopard Foundation. It was great learning together and discovering more about the environment and the beautiful snow leopards.
The Last Tree by Mark Wilson
The Last Tree is a story about a beautiful eucalyptus tree. It was tall and strong and had orchids that clung to its branches. Many small animals lived in the tree. Sadly over time the trees that surrounded it were cut down as the city buildings were crowding in closer and closer. The destruction of the forest and loss of habitat leave us feeling helpless until one small seed bursts from the pod and is carried away where it begins to grow and grow.
I am shocked to believe that this could happen that we could lose our beautiful world due to deforestation. I am upset that people choose to keep destroying our world.
I love to see nature reserves filled with birds, animals and small creatures, safe from the destruction of their habitat. It is up to all of us to help recreate the environment. We can all plant seeds, make vegetable gardens and compost.
This spectacular art was inspired by the colours and nature of Africa. We used ink to create the colourful backgrounds and various pastels, crayons, chalk and textas to create the wild animals. We are concerned about the environmental dangers affecting the African biomes and we hope that our beautiful artworks will inspire everyone to think about their own impact on the environment.
African Art on PhotoPeach
African Art on PhotoPeach
Today the Senior Students participated in a Kanga Cricket Competition. It is a mofidfied cricket game with 8 per side. Everyone batted for two overs, bowled and kept wickets for an over also.
We had 5 teams playing and every team won at least 2 games. In the words of Yianni
“Today was an awesome, amazing, spectacular, fantastic day!”
One of our boys teams were undefeated all day and won their final also. Congratulations to all the participants on your great sportsmanship and teamwork, not to mention your amazing skills.
Today the Firemen came to visit. I learnt many things about fire safety. These are some of the things that we must remember to do:
- turn the stove off when you leave the kitchen
- when drying clothes in front of the heater keep them at least 1 metre away
- with your family you should have a fire drill planned for home evacuation
- blow out your candles when you are going to sleep
- turn off your appliances at the wall
- when evacuating at home always go to the letter box
Always try to follow these steps to be fire safe. I thought that the visit from the fire fighters was really good and I learnt a lot.
To learn more check out this great website http://www.mfbkidzone.com.au/
We love learning from experts and today we were lucky enough to have Laura, from Moreland City Council, come and speak to us. She taught us many knew things about our role as caretakers of the environment and she set us the challenge of looking at what we are doing and to think about what more we could do?
BRADEN and JAMES
The quick facts from Laura were:
- Use a Bike-Active transport
- Sustainable products-low palm oil or no palm oil
- Compost as much as possible
- Recycle-shopping bags, products, paper
- Use less paper
- Re-use bath water
- Shower Time should be shorter – Use a Timer
- Install a Water tank
- Solar power- Solar panels-Wind Power
- Use Power saving devises
- Energy efficient appliances- lights
- Be The “Environment Police”
- Sit down and tell them what to do to make the house/building approved
- Introduce ‘The walking school bus’
- Wind power is a great source of energy
- Use Biodegradable plastics and soaps
- Market forces encourage us as consumers
- Oceans are getting warmer-fish eggs cant survive
- We need to be proactive for the Environment
We learnt so much and shared our ideas. We are all now more aware of how we can help.
What will your family’s next challenge be as caretakers of the environment?
As part of our Inquiry learning we visited the Melbourne Zoo to learn more about how we can help to protect the habitats of different animals.
We learnt about many different animals and the biomes that they live in. The zoo takes very good care of all the animals. They are breeding many different animals to ensure their survival into the future.
What a zooper time I had at the zoo. I enjoyed walking around and seeing the animals living in their specially designed habitats. The lesson with Tom was really helpful. I now have a greater understanding of Orangutans and their lifestyle. I also learnt that their habitats have been destroyed to plant more palm trees for palm oil. Many of the products that we use have palm oil in them. We all need to stop buying products that have palm oil in them and protect the habitats of the orangutan.
An unforgettable moment was holding an orangutans skull. We learnt about the damage that poachers are causing to many animals.
I discovered that CHIPP describes the different ways that animals will become extinct.
C stands for Climate change
H stands for Habitat loss
I stands for Introduced species
P stands for Pollution
P stands for Poaching
There are ways that we can all stop these. We can stop deforestation by not buying the products. We can all help to stop pollution by not littering and recycling more.
We need to raise awareness and help to reduce all of these dangers to animals.
The first Tuesday in November is the Melbourne Cup. It is the highlight for Australians in the Spring Horse Racing Carnival. Horses and trainers come from all around the world be a part of this wonderful event. It is a public holiday for all Melbournians so today there will be many parties, picnics and bbqs held all around the state. It is also a day of fashion and celebrities. With today’s beautiful Spring weather there will be many stylish hats worn. It is also a day of special memories for winning jockeys, trainers and great horses.
The most famous of all would be ‘Pharlap’ and more recently ‘Makybe Diva.’
Our class has organised a sweep for the race so we will wait and see who the lucky winners will be!
At 10am every day we stop to enjoy some brain food. The brain food is fresh fruit or vegetables and we look forward to it everyday. Today there was an extra special treat for our brain food when Mark’s Mum arrived with ghostly bananas and mandarine pumpkins. It was delicious! Happy Halloween to all!