Clean Up Australia

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Today our school dressed up and cleaned up for CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY!
It was fun to be a part of this National event, knowing that we were doing our part to keep the school environment clean and tidy.

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Many students not only filled rubbish bags but wore rubbish bags to help spread the message.
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It is important that everybody gets involved and helps to reduce, reuse and recycle our rubbish.

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WE are lucky to have such an awesome Environment Team to get us all motivated and organised for this very important day.

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WHAT do you do to help keep Australia or your home country Beautiful?

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Inspirational Art

We enjoy taking inspiration from famous Australian artists to create our own works of art. Today Fred Williams was our inspiration. He loved to paint the rich colours of Australian rainforests. We used brush techniques for the background and cardboard edges dipped in black paint to design the trees.
It was fun and messy but the results were amazing.

Fred Williams “Sherbrooke Forest”


Around the World

Our quad blogging buddies from Barrow Hill in the UK asked if we could make a movie about our wonderful city, Melbourne. So with a few videos from Spring Street in Melbourne, photos and quick comments from my class, we have put together a Welcome to Melbourne video.
Some highlights include the MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Australia played England to win the Ashes and where our local Aussie Rules Football is played.
Other highlights are our many beautiful parks, playgrounds and beaches. Melbourne is a sporting capital of the world and we all love playing and viewing many different sports. We hope that enjoy our movie!

Welcome to Melbourne from vgridley on Vimeo.

Famous Historical Australians

Famous Historical Australians on PhotoPeach

Famous Historical Australians on PhotoPeach

Today was awesome as each of the students presented a notable character from Australia’s History. There were doctors, scientists, explorers, sports stars, entertainers, artists and bushrangers. All of these famous and infamous characters have helped to shape Australia’s History.
The students all gave an oral presentation, dressed in character and answered questions from other students in the school. It was a wonderful personal learning task with many great discoveries about our past and how their actions have helped us today.

Sovereign Hill Ballarat

Hannah
I really enjoyed our visit to Sovereign especially seeing people dressed as they had during the 1800’s and acting as those characters. I also enjoyed bowling at the alley in the old fashioned way.
I loved seeing the goldsmith melt the gold, pour it into the mould and see it burn. The gold turned solid in a matter of seconds then cooled when it was placed in the water. I loved all of the shops especially the lolly shop and the candle shop. I also liked the red hill mine tour and seeing the huge gold nugget in the safe at the end. I discovered that gold is found in quartz and then crushed and separated. It is then melted into the bricks.
Overall the experience was really educational and fun. The gold rush was discovered in Ballarat in 1851. The rush was on in the mid 1850’s and the Gold Mining town in Sovereign Hill is set up to replicate life amongst the gold miners and their families.
Sovereign Hill Ballarat on PhotoPeach

Carmen
We had a whole day of fun, or a party in a jar, on our huge adventure to Sovereign Hill. It was an early start but on the bus I heard lots of laughter, squeals of excitement and snoring. When we walked through the gate it was like stepping back in time to 1851. The printing shop made posters. I ordered a Poster that read ‘Wanted 50 pounds for Carmen. I loved how they made the poster with the ink and type set letters in the printing press. There were two charming men sitting on a bench and singing lots of songs. They asked someone to sit down next to them, so I did. It was fun listening to their beautiful voices.

Vanessa
What a fun filled day we had at Sovereign Hill. It was an amazing experience that will never be forgotten. It felt like I went back in time to the 1850’s because all the people there are in character and the shops are very realistic. Adding to the adventure at Sovereign Hill we went on an underground mine tour to explore what the conditions were like for the miners. I am sure that everyone would agree that gold mining would have been very scary.

Gemma
On the 6th of August everyone woke up very early to be at school at 7:15am. The trip to Sovereign Hill took over 2 hours. The trip was fun because we were singing altogether and doing the Mexican wave down the bus. I really loved the Blacksmiths shop because there were a lot of mechanical things in there. I enjoyed all of the moving parts of the machines. We met a character from the 1850’s named Rob. He was pretending to rob the bank. He was very funny.

Jonathan
At Sovereign Hill I discovered that in 1850 there was bowling. I couldn’t believe it. It was a little different though to our modern day bowling. The skittles were large and wooden. The ball was also wooden and very heavy. You needed to use two hands to roll the bowling ball. It was great fun.

Chloe
At Sovereign Hill I had a great time. It really felt like I travelled back in time to the 1850’s. Things that enhanced the old fashioned feel were the horse drawn carts, addressing people as “Mam” and “Sir”, the old fashioned shops including a real printing press, no modern technology and the many dressed up characters.

Sam
On Tuesday August 6th we all travelled on the bus to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It was amazing. We went to learn about history. In the 1850’s there was a Goldrush in Australia. There was a huge rush for gold and many gold nuggets were found. We were able to pan for gold and many of us found tiny gold pieces. When the miners found gold they used to take it to the bank to be weighed and sold. We saw many old fashioned shops yesterday. One was a lolly shop which sold raspberry drops, buttercups, freckles and little umbrellas.
We also went to the Gold Pouring at the smelter. The goldsmith would pour the gold, which had been melted at 1200 degrees, into a mould. He then took it out and it was a solid block. He put it in water to cool it down. I had a fantastic day.

Australian Stories

Australia has a very long and rich history, dating back over 40,000 years. The many and varied stories that helped to shape our history will be the focus of our inquiry throughout this term.
We will explore the stories of our grandparents, our migrant community and our indigenous neighbours.
Below is the story of the discovery of Australia’s oldest known man and woman, courtesy of Australian Geographic. This will be the beginning of our exciting exploration into our own historical inquiries.

http://australianetwork.com/guide/00182689.htm

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/the-discovery-of-mungo-man.htm
The 1974 discovery of Mungo Man surprised everybody – doubling the known length of Aboriginal history in Australia.

ON FEBRUARY 26, 1974, a young geologist managed to stretch Australian history by 20,000-odd years when he found 40,000-year-old human remains buried in a dry lake bed in south-western New South Wales.

The discovery, made in the midst of the Aboriginal rights movement – which would quickly intergrate the findings into its slogans – would later double the time that Australia’s first humans were thought to have arrived on the continent.

Jim Bowler, now in his 80s, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne, was with the Australian National University when he came across the remains at Lake Mungo, about 700km west of Sydney.

“We were then confronted by a whole new chapter in Australian history that nobody had previously anticipated,” Jim says.

Professor Mike Morwood, an archaeologist at the University of Wollongong, says the discovery “changed the whole tenor of Australian archaeology, which was now on the world stage.”

The discovery of the bones of Mungo Man in the Mungo desert NSW

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from Australia!

Christmas in Australia
We all enjoy the warm summer evening before Christmas with Carols by Candlelight at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl. This is a real Melbourne Tradition. After sharing presents on Christmas morning we visit relatives for lunch and dinner where we eat prawns, seafood, roast pork and turkey, ham, salads or roast vegetables. For dessert we have pavlova, summer pudding with berries or a traditional fruit pudding with custard. We Love Christmas and hope that you are all filled with Joy, Love and Peace that Christmas brings.
We hope that you all enjoy a Happy Christmas with your family and friends and that the Spirit of Christmas is shared throughout the New Year.
From all your buddies in JuniorG