Social Justice Mini Fair

Today we held our Annual Social Justice Mini Fair. This is our third year running the Fair and all donations go to Bahay Tuluyan, to support children in the Philippines. It is run by the students and for the students.

Our very kind families send in donations of second hand toys and books that are still in good condition and can be reused by others.

We also sell cakes, sweets, slices and healthy treats which are all donated. We had a face painting and hairspray stall, mini games and the very popular chocolate throw competition.

Each class was responsible for organising a stall. We were very lucky that the sun shone all day for us. It was a fantastic day and supporting children overseas. Bahay Tuluyan will use the money to plant rice fields to help feed the thousands of children who they support each year.

Thank-you to everyone for helping to support Social Justice in our world.

 

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Reflections on Students Teaching Students

James

Recently, we have been learning about all the wonderful ways of the different types of Poetry. Us students were the teachers, and we taught everyone our Poetry. My Poetry was a concrete poem and I thought I did a good job of teaching everyone. On top of learning poetry, I thought it was really interesting and even FUN!!!

We had to research the History of Poetry and some Poetry went back into the 1900’s!!! Some even less than that. I think Poetry is a very good way to present information in a fun and humorous way. My favorite Poetry to learn about was probably the Clerihew Poetry.

My favorite Poem that I wrote was probably the List poem. Here it is:

FOOD

Boiling hot chips in

Oils and dips

Beef Jerkies

And delicious Turkeys

Sandwiches for lunch

And Tender Chicken for Brunch.

MIA

THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN STUDENT TEACHING POETRY. I REALLY ENJOYED DOING THAT AND I THINK I LEARNT MORE THAN I WOULD WHEN A TEACHER IS TEACHING BECAUSE  I WAS ENTERTAINED WHEN MY FRIENDS ARE TEACHING. MY FAVORITE TYPE OF POEM WAS THE LANTERN POEM TAUGHT BY RUBY AND JACK!

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WILL

Over the last 2 weeks we have been learning about all many types of poems. I taught the ‘villanelle’ with my friend, Riley. I learnt so much about these poems and it’s been great. I’ve been so inspired to do great poems. It’s been easier to learn about the types of poems because we were learning from other students. My favourite part of the lesson was when we got to make our own poem! My best poem was the was the sonnet:

STORM

As the trees blow,

With powerful forces,

Putting on a noisy show,

With no knowledge of the the source,

With Brute strength,

To pull us down,

Blows you a long length,

Forcing our faces to a frown,

Strong winds that flow,

With beauty and honour,

As the winds grow,

The winds blow round the corner,

When the wind goes,

As the sun rose.

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Jasmine

Across this week we have been learning from each other different styles of interesting poetry. We have researched a type of poem in partners then we shared it with the class. We wrote down the facts of each poem and then tried our own. I hope you enjoy reading my concrete poem.

The Sun

Sun

Shines bright in the blue sky

Making people tanned and warm

High in the sky like a tiny dot

Until clouds float by

and people sigh

Gone  is the sun

 

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Celebrating Numeracy Week with Footy Maths

Footy Fever is in the air. The finals for Aussie Rules Football are only a week away so to add to the fun of Numeracy Week we dressed in our favourite footy team colours and celebrated Footy Day.

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We practiced our footy skills and our maths skills. For each Goal scored you earn 6 points and for a behind you score 1 point. We used a pair of dice and challenged someone from an opposing team. We played 4 quarters and calculated our scores. It was a great way to revise our 6 times tables. DSCN3283

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TEAMS                GOALS        BEHINDS       TOTAL

RICHMOND             31                30                216

COLLINGWOOD     25                30                180

CARLTON                 17                19                 121

HAWTHORN            36                12                 228

GEELONG                32                16                 208

NORTH MELB.        20                34                 154

SYDNEY SWANS    29                17                  191

BULLDOGS              33                22                 220

 

Visiting Author and Illustrator

To add to the celebrations during book week we welcomed author and illustrator Andrew Plant to our school. We were delighted to hear the story of how he started his career as a Science student, but he soon realised that he enjoyed drawing animals more than researching them. He soon became a well known illustrator for many children’s books until he also turned his skills and imagination into creating his own stories.

He read his best seller “The Poppy” to us. It was wonderful to hear the background of the story and all about his time living in France.

We were then given some tips on how to improve our own stories and illustrations. It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn more about literature and develop our own skills.

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Expert Teaching from Students

Mia and Jasmine have become experts on the Poetry style of a Limerick. Today they shared their love of Limericks, sharing the history, the structure and the purpose of a limerick. It was a great way to inspire their class mates to create their own limericks. They were very entertaining.

Limericks are very popular in Ireland but they were originally written in France and Spanish soldiers were believed to have brought this style of Poetry into Ireland in the 1700’s.

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Mia and Jasmine also shared a Poem from Edward Lear and some of their own!

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his poetry.

There was a Young Lady whose chin

Resembled the point of a pin:

So she had it made sharp,

And purchased a harp,

And played several tunes with her chin.

– Edward Lear

 

There is a great class called Senior G

They always have super smiley glees

Our class likes to laugh

We have some giraffes

Don’t forget super Mrs Gridley!

by Mia

 

There once lived a girl with a big head

It was swollen and so very red

Her head puffed out

And it made her pout

So she blew up and died in her bed.

by Jasmine

 

There was once a criminal running,

The jewellery he stole was stunning,

Police were shouting,

The robber scouting,

Then suddenly he started gunning.

by James G.

 

Inspiring Poetry

Poetry is Lighting Up Our World this week during Book Week. We are studying a variety of poetic styles and features. Today Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven was our Inspiration. Having the Simpsons retell this famous poem added to the enthusiasm of the students. They have produced their own poems. We hope that you enjoy them.

The Raven – The Simpsons Version

MY DECAYING SORROW by Jacob M

Sunken feeling also dreary
The loneliness I employ
Has yet decayed this house of sorrow
And shall never more be be opened.
Thy sorrow of my loss back then
Has come back to haunt my dreams.
This house of sorrow shall never be unveiled
I shall take it to my grave
Never more shall it veil the sadness of the world.
Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe

NEVERMORE by Madeline B

Presently my soul grew stronger
hesitating then no longer
And the silken sad uncertain rustling
Of each Purple curtain
Nevermore
The silence was unbroken
Though my heartbeat drummed inside
And the dreary tune kept moaning
Ducked under chair to hide
Dreaming dreams no mortal had
Dared to dream before
A flirt and a flutter
But forever or nothing more
Presently my soul grew stronger
Hesitating then no longer
As the air grew denser
The pressure became immenser.

THE CROW’S HOUSE by Jack C.

I was sitting next to my chamber door
But suddenly someone was tapping
On my door
It sounded like someone was rapping
Then it surprised me that it went away!
Then out of nowhere
A big, loud and fierce knock came
I was hiding under the bookshelf
In despair, then my soul grew stronger
hesitating then no longer
I crawled out from under the bookshelf
A crow forced through the window
And flew onto an ornament
It stayed there forever and ever.

EVERMORE by Mia B.

Sitting by the chamber door
Hearing something, but not quite sure
The silken, sad, uncertain rustling
Of each purple curtain
The sound gets louder and longer
But presently my soul grew stronger
Hesitating then no longer
I open the chamber door
It’s dark and dreary
The wind whistling came strongly
With a smell that went far and longingly
I turn with a fright.

HAUNTING HOUSE by Will C.

As I walk through this rotten, rundown haunting house
With the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
My heart is beating faster than a jaguar
Presently my soul grew stronger
hesitating then no longer
The withered and cracked walls
Whisper in my ears.
This house is like no other
A house of doom and misery
The windows whistle as the wind passes by
Putting shivers down my spine
No protection in this house.

THE UNIDENTIFIED by Ryan C

Staying here presently my soul grew stronger
Hesitating then way longer
The scratching at the door had stopped
No more
Till the horrifying squeal of a bird
I opened and I saw
Never shall my body
Lift from the floor
After the bird saw
Me
And squealed no more.

‘Books Light up our World’

This week we are celebrating Book Week. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about new literature, discover new authors and read the winning books from week Australia.

Today we dressed up as characters from Literature and had a Parade with the whole school. There was a sea of colour as the amazing characters paraded by from each class.DSCN3218

Our Library Leaders led the parade, inviting and welcoming each class to the stage area.

Our favourite Book Week books have been, ‘Pig the Pug’, ‘The Stone Lion’ and ‘The Two Blankets.’

Happy Book Week everyone!

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Opening our Time Capsule

In the year 2011 when we were all in year 1 and 2 we put together a Time Capsule which included samples of our handwriting, our art and our favourite things. This was our post from 4 years ago. http://juniorsblackburn.edublogs.org/2011/12/

Yesterday we finally opened the time capsule, as we are now all in years 5 and 6. It was a very exciting.

We tried to remember what we had placed into our individual bags. We also reflected on what was in the bags. It was funny to see our handwriting from 4 years ago and our attempt at spelling. It was a fantastic journey back in time.

 

Pyjama Day – Raising awareness for the Homeless

MY HOMELESS STORY

Dear diary,

I am all alone, sleeping on the street all night. I could not afford to pay the rent for my house, that’s why I’m here. People have been walking past, ignoring me. I feel very depressed not having any food or water. Sometimes, people tease me by eating right in front of me and throwing the crumbs from their food. As my writing is very messy, I haven’t written a sign to tell people that I need help because I think they won’t understand it. I am also feeling very sick because of this cold weather, and can’t afford any medicine. Yesterday, three kids came up to me and gave me what they called a “Homeless Swag” which was a bed that folded up into a backpack. They said that they had been saving up $85 to buy it. I couldn’t thank them enough, they had made such a big impact on my life!

from Peter V

PJ day-Homelessness

Dear Diary,

Happy New Year!

This is my second year of being homeless. I’ve been homeless for two years and nobody has helped me. It’s terrible. I am living on a couch under a tree in the park. Two years ago I was happily running a flower shop until I went broke and was kicked out by my landlord. My shop used to be called Charlotte and Bridie’s Flowers and now it is called Woolworths. My friend Charlotte at least had a husband and a family to go home to but I had nowhere. At the time I was living in a flat above the shop but now I can’t afford it. It’s so sad that people all around the country are becoming homeless. There are now 105,237 people all around the country who are homeless and nearly half of them are under 25. It is a hard life for a 35 year old like me but even harder for families with children. I really wish somebody would do something about it.

From Bridie
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