Global UPdate!

This term one of our main focuses has been to publish a magazine comparing similarities and differences of countries around the world.  And…we’ve done it!  We’ve called our magazine Global UPdate.  The ‘UP‘ is for Upper Plenty.  Our magazine has articles about life all around the world.  From Germany to Tokyo and England to Canada we’ve got it covered.

We worked in teams to write the articles about all sorts of things, including literacy, foods, favourite things, numeracy, schools, fun and games, natural disasters, hobbies, sports and animals.

After weeks and weeks of planning and gathering information through emails and Skype we finally finished our articles!  As we type this post they are being processed at the publishing company.  The company sent us two ‘proof’ copies so that we could check that the layout is perfect and there are no spelling errors or typing mistakes.  We get one more chance to see our updated proofs.


The Front Cover

Once we have approved the new proofs the company will print 100 copies of our magazine!  We have decided to sell them for $15 each. We have to pay the publishing company and would like to raise some money for a charity.  Any profits made will go to Red Cross.  This charity was chosen because they support children all around the world and children all around the world helped us write our articles.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with the magazine.  We are looking forward to seeing our published magazine soon!  If you would like to order a copy, please leave your details in a comment below, use the contact form (under ‘Contact’ at the top of the screen) or drop into the School office.

If you wrote a magazine, what would you write about and why?

What magazines do you enjoy reading?  Why?


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!


A Day in May

We celebrated Friendship Day on Tuesday. Each year we celebrate friendship and friends with a special day. It is also a day to remember two very special friends who are no longer with us. We raised money for a children’s cancer charity by donating a gold coin and buying a hot lunch. The school raised over $600!

Friendship is one of our school values. We always try hard to be a good friend and show friendship to everyone. We speak nicely, include everyone, understand differences, respect opinions and forgive each other. After all, no one is perfect!



We would like to thank Maggie, Mrs Lewis, our wonderful parent chefs and the Junior School Council for organising a great day.  Thank you!

How do you show friendship?

What is something nice a friend has done for you?



Fun with Five Cents

Two weeks ago the UPPS Friends and Family Group set a fundraising challenge for every class.  For this fundraiser, they delivered an empty jar to each classroom.  The challenge?  To fill it with five cent coins!



Some facts about the five cent coin:

(Source: Australian Government Royal Australian Mint website)

* It was introduced in February, 1966

* The echidna design was created by Stuart Devlin

* It has a mass of 2.83 grams

* Its diameter is 19.41mm

* No five cent coins were made in 1985 or 1986

* In 2008, over 200 million five cent coins were made!


We have been searching high and low for five cent coins.  Lily might have a machine that makes them hidden at home because she has found so many!  Our jar is almost full!!  Soon we will need to empty it, count the coins and start again.   The challenge ends in eight weeks.



How much money do you think we’ve raised so far?

How much money do you think 5/6JC will raise in total?

What fundraising activities have you participated in?