JSC Sports Day Fundraiser

The Junior School Council (JSC) organised a Sports Day Fundraiser for our whole school.  Everyone came in sports clothes, donated a gold coin, ate a delicious lunch and played games in the afternoon.  There were basketballers, footy players, horse riders, dancers, baseballers, golfers, netballers and many more sportsmen and women.


JSC organised and served a special lunch.


We ate lunch with our Prep buddies.


The JSC team ran an afternoon games session.


We played three games; Penguin Olympics, Bob Down Freeze and Corners.


Over $250 was raised and will be put into JSC’s bank account.  We usually have fundraisers for charities and donate the money rasied.  This time, the money will be used for something special at Upper Plenty.  Very soon, we will help decide how it should be spent.

We would like to thank JSC, Maggie, Mrs Laffan and the parents who cooked our lunch. Thank you!

What is your favourite sport?  Why?

How do you think we should spend our money?

Have you ever organised an event?  Tell us about it!


Sur – prise!!!

It all started when 4/5P and 5/6JC got called over the loudspeaker to go to their classrooms at recess. We were wondering what was happening. We saw the lanyards and thought that we were going on an excursion. We all felt a little bit confused until we saw the Mystery Excursion tickets that said:


We quickly hopped on the bus and had three clues about  the Mystery Excursion. Our first clue was ‘Friends’ and a little while later we got two more clues, ‘Performance’ and ‘100’.  After the clues, people started guessing: King Kong, another primary school, Hoyts or IMAX. We were pretty sure that it was Killara Primary School after we had our third clue. The reason was because we had sent 100 word narratives to Killara PS for them to complete.



When we got there, Miss Fraser greeted us with a bearded dragon (lizard) called Sheldon on her shoulder. Soon we were at her classroom and we met the students who had completed our 100 word narratives. As we were reading our narratives we were wondering if they would finish the way we thought they would. We were surprised at some of the endings!  You can read all of our narratives by clicking on the bottom right hand corner of the texts below.  KPS’s endings are in red font.


After that our partners gave us a tour of the school. We were shown the gym and after we had finished we went back to the gym to play Penguin Olympics and Golden Child.

We then went to our last activity for the day which was to watch KPS’s school production, Wiping Out Waste (WOW). It was a good production about how to stop people littering. It was an original musical written by their Performing Arts teacher.

We had a great day and hope to see them again soon!


Have you been to a live performance before?

What was your favourite part of the Mystery Excursion?

What surprised you about KPS?

200 Word Narratives

Last week we wrote the first 100 words of a narrative with a partner and then emailed them to our blogging friends at Killara Primary School so they could write the next (and last) 100 words.

We had to make sure that we introduced our characters, setting, some events and the beginning of a problem.  It was quite a challenge to use 100 words exactly.  The title did not count in the final word count.  To make sure we used 100 words exactly we had to spend a lot of time choosing the right words and revising our narratives.  We are looking forward to reading the end of the narratives soon!

You can read the start of some of our narratives below. 


 How would you end the narratives above?

Leave us the first 100 words of a narrative in a comment! 

Miss Crowther’s Flipped It!

It’s official, Miss Crowther has flipped…our classroom!  Together with Mrs Placek, Miss Crowther is becoming a ‘fully flipped’ teacher with the help of the clever people at Sophia.

It means we will be completing tasks at home so that we already know some things about the topic and focus of our face to face lessons.  By preparing for our face to face lessons more time can be spent doing the ‘hard’ stuff at school with our teacher.

The term ‘Flipped Classroom’ is used to describe what we are doing because we have swapped (or flipped!) around what we do at school and what we do for homework.  Traditionally, we started learning something at school and then practised it more at home.  The only problem was, that if we needed help, our teacher wasn’t there to help us.  Now, we can start at home and continue it at school with our teacher.  We can ask questions, work with others and learn in a better way.

At the moment, our flipped learning focuses mainly around writing.  This week, at school we are writing narratives and learning how to use and punctuate dialogue correctly.  So, this week’s flipped homework is to watch the video below made by Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther about using dialogue correctly.

After watching the video we have to check our understanding by completing a quick quiz.  Click HERE to see (and do!) the quiz.  At school Miss Crowther will help us to apply our learning to punctuate dialogue correctly in our narratives.

Has your teacher flipped it?

What do you think of flipped homework?


Metaphorically Speaking…

This week we have been having fun with similes and metaphors.  As part of our Flipped Homework we watched a video explaining each term.  You too can watch it HERE.

We are learning about similes and metaphors so that we can use them in our own writing, especially our narratives.  Today we read a book by Ferg McKinnon and Kim Gamble called ‘A Bee in Ben’s Bonnet.’   It was very cleverly written and full of metaphors.   Even though the title is about ‘bees in a bonnet,’ Ben is not wearing a hat and there are no bees in the story.  If you have a ‘bee in your bonnet’ it means that you are upset or annoyed about something.  Ben is upset that no one seems to have remembered his birthday.


A metaphor is an expression or ‘figure of speech.’  The words used do not have their usual literal meaning.  For example, ‘The apple of my eye’ is a metaphor used to describe someone very special.  It does not mean that the person has an apple in their eye.

Here are some of the metaphors used in the book:

We think the book is ‘The bee’s knees’, ‘The cat’s pyjamas’ and as good as gold!

 Can you work out the meaning of the metaphors?

What metaphors have you heard?  Used? Like?


Fabulous Fractions, Delightful Decimals & Perfect Percentages

This week we have been learning about common fractions, decimal fractions and percentages.

When we were exploring fractions we discovered equivalent fractions.  They are fractions that have the same value but different numerators and denominators.  For example, one half is the same as two quarters.



Use the Fraction Wall below to find equivalent fractions.  What equivalent fractions can you find?



We found out that the same number can be written in three different ways.  You can write it as a common fraction, a decimal fraction and as a percentage.



Did you know that the term ‘percent’ comes from a Latin word ‘per centum’ and it means parts per hundred?

When have you used fractions in real life?

Where have you seen percent?  

Have you used any common or decimal fractions today? 


City Camp

We’re back!! After four days and three nights in the city we reluctantly made our way back home. Camp was awesome!  We had a great time checking out Melbourne and some of its attractions, not to mention the trams and trains!

Camp got off to an interesting start when we found out our carriage hadn’t been added to the train. Not to worry, two coaches quickly arrived and we were soon on our way to Melbourne.

Our days and nights were filled with activities. We visited:
* The Immigration Mueseum
* Melbourne Aquarium
* Ice House (to go ice skating)
* Old Melbourne Gaol
* Eureka Skydeck
* Hoyts (we saw Despicable Me)
* Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
* Melbourne Zoo
* Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
* National Sports Museum
* Bowling & Arcade Games
* Queen Victoria Market
* Shrine of Remembrance

Unfortunately, IMAX and Melbourne Museum had an emergency situation on the day we were due to visit so we didn’t get to visit them. There were also some unexpected surprises when we found ourselves stopped on a tram due to a protest down the main street about Energy. We also saw a TV crew filming a famous Melbourne crime series.

Camp was a whole lot of fun and we would like to thank all the teachers and parents who came along to help us. A BIG thank you to you all!

What is your favourite place to visit in Melbourne?

Have you been on camp before?  Tell us about it!

House Hockey

Over the past couple of weeks, students in Grades 3 – 6 have been participating in a House Hockey Tournament at lunch times. Miss Kenny and Mr J helped the House Captains organise the tournament. The two finals were played last week.


You can check out the action and find out the final results in the video below.


Thank you Miss Kenny, Mr J and the House Captains for organising a great tournament. We can’t wait to for the next one!

What is your favourite sport?

Have you ever played in a final?  Tell us about it!


This term we are learning more about Australian history.  Our focus questions are:

* Why and how did Australia become a nation?

* How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?

* Who were the people who came to Australia?  Why did they come?

* What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?


So far, we have discovered:

* Australia hasn’t always been a nation.  There used to be six colonies with their own set of rules.

* The six colonies were Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

* If you bought something from another colony you had to pay a tarrif on it.  Tarrifs are like taxes.

* Colonies had different sized railway tracks so you had to swap trains.

* In the late 1800s lots of people started to like the idea of becoming one country because national pride was increasing and it would mean a better defence against possible invasions.

* Not everyone liked the idea.  Smaller colonies were worried that colonies with larger populations (New South Wales and Victoria) would dominate.

* After many meetings (called conventions) and drafts of rules, a referendum (like a vote) was held and Australia finally became the Commonwealth of Australia.  This is called the Federation of Australia.


This week we had to find out five facts about Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton.  We had 15 minutes to research and record our facts as dot points.  We then created a Voki using our facts.  Our Vokis had to look and sound as ‘life like’ as possible.


Bailey and Daniel made this Voki:

Chelsea’s Voki:

Madison and Billie’s Voki:


Eve and Alicia’s Voki:

What facts do you know about Australia’s history?

If you researched an important person from Australia’s past, who would it be? Why?

Meeting Miss Fraser

Last week we had a special visitor.  Miss Fraser from Frole Island dropped in for a quick visit.  We have met Miss Fraser via Skype twice but never ‘for real’.  The first time we met was during a Mystery Skype and the second time was for our Asia Skype Quiz.  It was very exciting to meet a blogging friend face to face.

We know that we have to be very careful when we meet someone in real life that we have only ever met online.  However, meeting a teacher from Skype is very different to just meeting ‘anyone.’


Meeting Miss Fraser


Miss Fraser was a special guest at our Student Blogging Club.  Later this term Miss Crowther is going to visit Frole Island.  Miss Fraser and Miss Crowther are also working on a special surprise for their students.  We wonder what it could be…

What do you think is the special surprise?