Farewell to the Class of 2015

What an incredible week of celebrations, graduation and farewells.

Today was our final school day for the year and there was a mixture of excitement and sadness. For me it was my last day in the classroom for a while as I head to a new school in a new role.

Senior G have been awesome and today we reflected on our year of learning, reviewing the experiences recorded on our blog.

Each year I write a letter to my class as I send them on their way so I will share it with you.

Thanks for the memories and good luck to you all!


Dear Sensational Senior G,

What a wonderful year we have shared. Thank-you for all the great learning and fun throughout this year. It has been terrific working with all of you, to see you grow into the strong, confident and independent students that you are.

I hope that you have been inspired throughout the year as we explored so many interesting concepts and answered so many rich questions. You have discovered the importance of understanding our world through science, the importance of living in a Socially Just World, how our family stories impact our own history and the history of Australia and the importance of Caring for our Common Home. You will all become the leaders of our world and it is up to you to use this new knowledge to make our world a better place for all.

Continue to do your best and follow your dreams, because nothing is impossible. I hope that I have inspired within you, a love of learning and an understanding that we are all lifelong learners.

Continue to be grateful every single day for all that you have. Remember to give back to the community and support those less fortunate than yourselves.

Every choice that you make has a consequence. Make the right choices. Today’s choices will have an impact on your future, so ensure they are positive and productive.

Be friendly and compassionate to everyone that you meet and you will be rewarded with kindness and happiness. Your strength, energy and love will come from those around you. May your future be filled with fantastic experiences that lead you to discover new places, meet interesting people and help you to become the most extraordinary person that you can be.

Good luck in the future and know that you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Love from Mrs Gridley 🙂

Class 2015 Senior G

Exploring Capacity and Volume

Learning in the great outdoors is always fun and memorable. We were revising our understanding of Capacity and Volume, while using an assortment of containers to solve problems.Capacity and Volume DSCN3517

The Volume of an object is the amount of space that it takes up. It can be measured in cubic millimeters, centimetres or metres.


Capacity is the amount that a container can hold. It can be measured using millilitres or litres.

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I have a great understanding of what millilitres are. I am able to estimate the capacity of different containers.

I found out that the 250ml jug had to be refilled and emptied 16 times to fill the bucket so the bucket has a 4 litre capacity.

DSCN3521We used an A4 sheet of paper to make a tall cylinder and a short wide cylinder. We then filled both cylinders with centicubes. Although the main surface area of both cylinders was the same the capacity was quite different. I now understand that the surface area of a container may look the same but its capacity will be different.



Shaping up for Maths

Exploring and investigating in maths is always more fun when you can use your hands and get creative.

We were finding out how many different nets we could make for various 3D shapes. We used different materials to make our nets.

It was also a good way to check the properties of the 3D shapes:

  • We looked at the edges, where two faces meet
  • We counted the vertexes, where the corners meet
  • We counted the faces, the flat or curved surfaces

We even created some unusual shapes with many sides like the pentagonal dodecahedron

and the triangular pyramid prism,

Can you imagine what those two shapes look like?

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Excursion to Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

Jawbone Sanctuary Reflection – Jasmine 

I understand that this sanctuary should be preserved for future generations and the animals that live there and cannot adapt to other environments. We should also respect the plants and rocks that survive only in that biome.

I know that the sanctuary is home to many diverse plants, birds, animals and marine life. They all have there own purpose and we need to take care of in many ways.

I can care for the place in many ways such as not littering which can help many other areas of life on earth, decrease pollution that can poison the and make it unable to live in for all kinds of colourful fish and sea life to be happy and last but not least keep this nature and home safe and not to be destroyed or changed for the bad by human impact.
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Jawbone Sanctuary Reflection – Peter V.

I understand that this sanctuary should be preserved for future generations and the animals that live there and cannot adapt to other environments. We should also respect the plants and rocks that survive only in that biome.


I know that the sanctuary is home to many diverse plants, birds, animals and marine life. They all have there own purpose and we need to take care of in many ways.


I can care for the place in many ways such as not littering which can help many other areas of life on earth, decrease pollution that can poison the and make it unable to live in for all kinds of colourful fish and sea life to be happy and last but not least keep this nature and home safe and not to be destroyed or changed for the bad by human impact.
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Wildlife of Africa

Driving through the natural habitats of the African parkland in Madikwe, it is wonderful to witness the animals grazing, playing and sleeping from dawn until dusk. I was lucky enough to spend a week on safari, discovering the rich wildlife of this South African conservation Reserve.


Rhinos are under threat from poachers who kill them for their horns, to use in Asian medicines.


Hippos are the deadliest animals in the world, killing more humans than snakes, sharks or crocodiles.


Vervet monkeys enjoy the cool riverside trees.DSC03075

Cape buffalo roam around in herds, showing off their majestic horns.


Southern Yellow hornbills are a beuatiful bird and are usually found in pairs.DSC03106

Elephants are thriving in the Reserves and numbers are increasing at an alarming rate.DSC03172

Giraffes are such a fascinating creature and stretch up to reach the highest branches.DSC03205

The wildebeest travel in herds and are often found near waterholes.


The water buck travel in family groups.DSC03251

The lions lazed around sleepily i the mornings after a long night of feasting.DSC03291

The zebras each have a unique set of stripes.DSC03367The mongoose were very friendly and bravely feed near homes.
DSC03552The black sable are increasing and roam the grassy plains.

The magnificent oryx proudly struts through bush land. DSC03557 DSC03637

The cheetahs have just gorged themselves, feasting on a freshly caught impala.


This rhino was resting in the shade of a tree before being disturbed.
DSC03912The cheeky hyena, usually a scavenger, was seen harassing the baby elephants.


Landscapes of Africa

IMAG0390_1 IMAG0401 IMAG0582 IMAG0609 IMAG0657 IMAG0658 IMAG0662 IMAG0664There is so much beauty and diversity in Africa. The weather is hot and the landscapes are dry yet teaming with wildlife. There are majestic creatures that dominate the land and rivers as well as tiny creatures that playfully fill the trees.

Pictured above

Table Mountain

Zambezi River

Victoria Falls





How are we called to care for our World?

Throughout this term we will be building our understanding of :

  • How to act responsibly and sustainably
  • To know that our actions impact on the environment
  • Develop an appreciation for the environment and living things

We will also explore these questions-

  1. How can we change what we do to have a positive impact for the future?
  2. What are my environmental responsibilities in being a global citizen?
  3. How do people interact with different environments?
  4. Why do we need to care for environments?
  5. How do environments change?
  6. How do living things interact within an eco-system?
  7. What effect do our actions have on the environment?
  8. Why do we need to develop sustainable practices?
  9. How are the world’s environments at risk?

Our initial understandings include:


We could be caring about our world by planting new plants and trees in our backyards.


I think that we need to care for our world by simply not harming it and respecting it more.


The Pope is spreading the word that we all need to care for the environment.

This video inspired our thinking about being Stewards of Creation!


Many countries are trying to stop global warming by not polluting and creating less greenhouse gases.


I think that we need to take care of our native animals and respect their habitats. The earth is not just our home  but it is home to many species of animals also.


I think that it is disturbing that many people don’t care about what happens to the earth so we all need to spread the word about how to care for our world.


People litter too much. They are too lazy to throw rubbish in the bin. We need to educate people about recycling and not littering the earth.


We should limit how many trees can be cut down each year.


We can all help the world by putting rubbish in bins, recycling and using less electricity.


WE are all called to care for our world by making better choices like walking instead of taking the car.


I could make my neighbours aware about cleaning up our area and creating less rubbish.


I try to reuse, upcycle, reduce rubbish and compost.



17 Global Goals

Our World Leaders have committed to working on 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 major things in the next 15 years. They hope to:
1. End extreme poverty
2. Fight inequality & injustice
3. Fix climate change

The Global Goals will support sustainable development and work towards achieving these things.
It is up to all of us to take action if the Goals are going to work.
We need to let everyone know about the goals and inspire everyone to make a difference to BE THE CHANGE!

HOME-What does it mean to you?

The 17 Goals


Reflecting on our Inquiry Learning

Australia’s Story has grown and developed as there were the indigenous Australians who took care of the land and then white settlers came and changed the country. Many immigrants came and brought new cultures. Visiting the Immigration Museum helped me to learn more about Australia’s migrant history and the many ways they have contributed to our way of life today.

Australia’s story has grown and developed because so many significant people have followed their dreams and made a difference. What made an impact on my learning was interviewing my Grandma and learning more about my family history.

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Australia wouldn’t be like it is today without so many Significant Australians. Learning about these people helped me to understand how Australia’s story has changed and developed throughout history.

Australia wouldn’t be what it is today without so many people who took on challenges and made a real difference to our way of life.

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The Multicultural diversity of Australia has expanded our society and added to the way we live. Throughout history certain events have impacted our culture, like the Gold Rush, which gave workers new rights and developed our Government and Laws.

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From our early beginnings of building towns and cities the gold rush forged the way for developing Australia. We now have money for developing many things, like a great education system and all our towns and cities.

Significant Australians like John Curtin have helped to shape Australia’s story. He led us successfully through World War 2.

Many cultures have influenced the Australian way of life. The Chinese brought vegetable markets to Victoria. We are a healthy nation because of all the fresh food that we grow and the different cultural foods that we eat. Watching films about early explorers has impacted my learning this term.

So many Australians make good choices to follow their dreams and make things happen to impact Australia’s story. Janet Holmes a Court supported poor people to learn new skills and get an education. She made a real difference in caring for the homeless.
Learning from other students about the many significant Australians has helped me to learn more about Australia’s history. It also drove me to be better in my own presentation and research.

Many immigrants have come to Australia for a better life. We are now a more diverse culture and many different races work happily and live sided by side, adding to Australia’s story. Visiting the Immigration Museum has impacted my learning, finding out about what happens around the world that forces people to flee their countries and come to Australia.

So many people have made a big difference to Australia’s way of life. It was great to learn about our history and how significant Australians have changed our country’s story.

Many people have made a difference to our society and how it has grown and changed. It was great to learn about all the different types of people who make Australia a better place to live.

Everyone in Australia makes a difference, especially those who stand up for what they believe in and who are supporting the rights of everyone. Vida Goldstein stood up for Women’s rights and changed Australia to make it a better place for all women.

The people who have collected research about our country and shared the stories have enriched Australia’s story. We began as an alternative prison for English and Irish convicts. We are now inhabited by many races and cultures. I have learnt about many significant Australians and my classmates family stories and how they have impacted on Australia.

The different Prime Ministers throughout Australia’s History have made an impact on our history. People like John MacArthur and his wife Elizabeth, influenced Australian agriculture by bringing sheep to Australia. I enjoyed learning about Famous Australians. Dressing up and presenting their stories made it feel more real and enriched how we were learning about them and and how they changed Australia’s history.