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Storm Boy, Aitken Creek Radio & Biodiversity

Hi teachers, parents, guardians and friends,

For the past few weeks our class has been reading the text ‘Storm Boy’ by Colin Thiele. It is set in a national park just off Adelaide.

Check out Kashyap’s and Ayan’s description of the Coorong below.

Kashyap’s – The Coorong

It is written in third person from the perspective of a narrator. We were thinking about how the characters felt in the text. We put ourselves ‘in their shoes’ and are currently writing perspective pieces from a range of characters including Storm Boy, Hide Away Tom, Fingerbone Bill and the tiger snake. We will be sharing some of these soon on ACR (Aitken Creek Radio) and on this blog.

The school now has its own radio station! We will be sharing some of our learning and interests on the radio soon. We would love to get some feedback on the types of podcasts you would like to hear. Comment below some of the topics you would like to hear about.

It is coming to that time of year again where we start to look into solutions to our challenge. This term our challenge is ‘Preserve Biodiversity’. Last week were looking at some of the potential problems that impact biodiversity. These are just a couple:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Micro beads/Micro plastics
  • Cleaning Liquids
  • Palm Oil
  • Chemicals
  • Pollution
  • Oil
  • Introduced Species
  • Coal/Fossil Fuels
  • Rubbish and Waste
  • Deforestation
  • Excessively Fishing and Hunting or removing protected species

We needed to make a video to demonstrate what we know about these impacts. During recording we needed to think about the camera angles, close ups, camera and audio quality.

We will load some of these videos soon!





What the campers and non-camper got up to during week 7

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,

During week 7 some of our students attended camp at Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp where they participated on lots of fun and exciting activities. The Non-Campers did not miss out on this fun either and did lots of fun activities back at school.


Slime and Outdoor Games

In the non-campers program we did some cool things like playing games outside and making slime. The slime was not any ordinary slime it was OBLECK. It was a mixture of cornflour and water. When you try and make a ball it becomes solid, when you let it go it turns into liquid.

For outside games we played dodgeball and poison ball. It was really fun and it also taught us to work as a team and cooperate.

Stella & Brahmleen

Pizza Muffins and PE

For the non-campers program we made pizza muffins. We could add any toppings that we liked that were available. There were mushrooms, capsicum, mozzarella, pineapple, ham, avocado, etc. When we took out first bite we were amazed by the scrumptious taste. We also did PE we had to do wall sits and make our own fitness circles. We leant that a fitness circle is a group of activities. It was super fun and we really enjoyed it.

Kashyap, Josh and Abeel

Spheros and Performing Arts

We used the Spheros and were asked to make a maze. Once we had made the maze we needed to write code to get the Spheros out of our mazes. During Performing Art we did KungFu dance as a warm up and we  did Mime Relay. Mime relay is when two teams verse each othe. The first two people in each team get asked to act something out. When their guesses it correctly they receive a point. We also played Limbo. We had lots of fun.

Adriano, Salim and Ryan

Movie and Bloxels

We had a chance to use the Bloxels to make characters, we could work in partners or individually. Most people worked in partners. You could make any character that you wanted.

We watched a movie called Free Willy. It linked to survival because the boy was trying to help the whale survive. We found it emotional. We did have popcorn but unfortunately we did not have any toppings on it!


Flying Fox and Hut Building

Some of the activities that campers participated in were hut building and the flying fox. Hut building is where you had sticks around you and the challenge was you needed to build a hut where you could all fit.

When doing the flying fox we first got harnessed up ready to safely climb up the platform where we were to take off. We were harnessed onto a rope and then jumped (or got pushed) off the platform. We zoomed down the cable till we reached the end.

Cayden & Eliot

Giant Swing and Movie Night

We had a go on the giant swing. It was 18 metres high. It was really cool and fun. Some people found it scary and others found it exciting. On the second night of camp we watched ‘Finding Nemo’. We brought down our sleeping bags and pillow, some of us fell asleep.

Tenayah, Ayan and Taleisha

Talent Show and Archery

For the talent show a group of boys (including Jake) were sleeping bag worms. Riley and Taleisha got up in front of the whole camping group and each sang a song. This took great courage! As we looked around the room we began to feel like movie stars. So many students and teachers had cameras out recording us.

For archery a lot of us thought that it was going to be easy, but when we actually had a go it was challenging. Some people were accurate enough to get a bullseye and others missed it completely! It was good to see everyone having a go.

Ava, Riley and Jake

Kaos and Our Duty Groups

Kaos is an activity where you and your partner read a map to find letters which make a sentence. For both red and green groups the sentence read ‘By the big tyre’. It was lots of fun. We had to stay connected with a wrist band (which were like handcuffs). It was challenging because the letters were well spread around the campsite. What made it harder was the whole place was very environmental (lots of trees and leaves around).

Each team had duties to do. The things you had to do were; before eating set up the cutlery, put out the drinks and cups. After  everyone had eaten the group needed to clean up. This meant wiping the tables, vacuuming the floor and making sure all dishes were in the kitchen. Our parent helpers were amazing in the kitchen cleaning all of our dishes after every meal!

Circus Arts and Some Free Time

Circus Arts was when there was equipment spread around the room. We needed to use the different equipment to make a performance which tricks and circus skills. Some of the props we had were spinning bowls, Japanese Yo Yo’s, stretchy elastic, juggling sticks and balls and ribbons. We needed to improvise and perform in front of our groups to show which tricks we could do.

During free time we were able to do anything! There was a trolley full of equipment. Lots of us choose to play basketball and many of us showed how good we were at skipping and hula hoops (including the teachers).


Reflecting on our Learning

Maths with Spheros

During maths over the last few weeks we have used Spheros (robots which can be coded with an algorithm). We needed to find out what a square meter was (1m2). We used the apps Tickle and Lab to control the spheros. We has to make 1 square metere in the app using an algorithm. We experimented using speed, time, angles and degrees. The sphero can be coded to change colour when you clap.

It was really challenging! Check out our video here.


From Ayan, Jake, Riv and Ryan

House Design

In maths we have been employed as an architect and we have been given the challenge to design a dwelling for a family, couple or single.  We were aloud to have 504 square metres for our design. We learnt that a dwelling is another name for a house.  Our class used the Spheros to measure a square meter and used a measuring wheel on the oval to see how big our house would look like.

Tomaia, Kashyap and Eliot

Education Week

Better Buddies Day

On Wednesday the 24th May we had Better Buddies Day. This is when we dress up in purple and spend time with our buddies. We made a dance that used PE and Performing Art.

We also made rain shakers that made sounds like the rain. In Spain and Chile they believe that when you shake it the rain will fall. These are what they look like.

We also had to bring $1 coin donation which went to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. You can find out more about their charity here.

Open Morning

In Education week on Thursday we had an open morning. During the open morning we did the ‘Maths Challenge’. Children, parents and guardians were all helping out. The challenge we took on was the ‘Make the Most Challenge’. In the ‘Make the Most Challenge’ you were given 19 icy pole sticks and you had to make the most shapes using the  sticks. The shapes were not allowed to share a common side. What shape do you think will allow you to make the most shapes?

Cayden, Harsha and Abeel

Nude Food

Friday the 26th of May 2017 has been Nude Food Day. We were not supposed to bring plastic bags or wrappers. We were allowed to bring peels because they might help the environment. On Nude Food Day you could wear your house colours such as; red, green, orange and blue. You could bring nude food easily by using a lunch box that has containers. Try to bring nude food EVERYDAY!!!! 😀

By Ali, Mahrosh, Josh and Adriano

Reading Fluency

In 4C we have been practicing our reading fluency. We have been learning about and creating a fluency rubric. We have come strategies that we explored. The strategies are rate, phrasing , stress and pausing. We have been using the strategies to help us in reading. It especially helps people that read fast or slow.

By Yas, Ava and Brahmleen

UN Goals

We have been learning about the 17 UN goals. All these goals will help transform our world and make it a better place. We can all help recreate our world. We can all help empower our life by changing equality, climate change and having less poverty.

Check out the link to the 17 UN Goals. You can help the world be sustainable.

From Stella, Samreen and Oneli

Mt Evelyn Year 3/4 Camp

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The year 3/4 camp is fast approaching.

All children attending camp need to be at school between 8.30am – 8.45am. They will need to go to directly to their classrooms.


If you have identified your child as needing medication please bring this medication to Ms Kingsley (Room 42) or Ms Huntly (Room 37).

Student Clothing and Camp Items

Below is a list of items that you should bring to camp. Please put your name on everything and make sure that you have adequate rain gear. Camp activities can continue in the sunshine and the rain. Older, warm, comfortable clothes are preferable to fashionable ones.


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow


  • Waterproof raincoat is essential (nylon jackets, sweatshirts, and fleeces are NOT waterproof)
  • Warm Jacket
  • 5 x Shirts (including long sleeves)
  • 3 x Warm Jumpers/Windcheaters
  • 3 x Long Pants (Tracksuit pants, Cargo Pants etc.)
  • 6 x Pairs of Socks
  • 6 x changes of underwear
  • 1 pair of pyjamas
  • 1 pair of runners
  • 1 pair of boots – such as gum boots (suitable for wet weather)
  • 1 pair of thongs (for showers only)
  • Beanie
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Scarf (optional)


  • Plastic Refillable Water Bottle
  • Bath towel
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair brush)
  • Tissues or handkerchiefs
  • Torch
  • 4 x plastic bags for dirty clothes


  • Money
  • Mobile phones, iPads and iPods or computer games

Student Camp Program

If you have any further questions please see your child’s teacher.


Year 3/4 Team


4C’s Term 2 so far…..

We have jumped straight into learning in Term 2. Here of some of the things that 4C have done.

Are you being a Wally with water?

We were given a task on Showbie to complete. The purpose of the task was to read a water bill and find out if you are being ‘water wise’ or a ‘Wally with water’.  We had to look at the water bill and find out different information that it was telling us. The first thing we had to find out was how much water we used daily. We needed to find out if we were using too much water or a perfect amount of water. We found this challenging as many of us had never looked at a water bill before. We really loved doing the activity because it was fun and challenging.

Eliot, Josh, Cayden and Adriano

How old will you be in 2030? What kind of world do you want to live in?

In  2030 I will be 23 years old. The world I want to live in will be full of flying cars and diamonds will be easy to find as I would have developed my own diamond detector. I will be very rich and will be able to have anything I want (Miss Kingsley told me to “remember who your grade 4 teacher was”).  I also want Pokemon to be real and science will be better where we will be able to develop better things. The shoes we will be wearing will not have laces however magnets will replace laces making shoes easy to get on and off.


Community Walk

4C and 4A went outside the school on a community walk to see the outside world, nature and to find out what makes a community. We needed to notice what developments are happening in our community and why they are happening. We predicted what Craigieburn looked like 10 years ago and what the paddocks across from the school might look like in 5 years and why they will look like that. We noticed the population of Craigieburn is increasing and many young families are moving to the area. We walked all the way down to the library, past the Splash centre , Sprint athletic track. We all made it back very tired!

Ayan & Ryan

Survival Journals

Every term is a new challenge and every new challenge is a new journal to write. Our journals are where we write our answers and thoughts about the ‘Big Idea’. Ms Kingsley challenged us to try using a different App to record our wondering in. We discovered a new App called Keynote which is an Apple App. It has similar features to Powerpoint and Google slides. The best thing about Keynote is that is has exclusive Apple features which allow us to animate our writing and photos. In our journals we write about different things that relate to survival such as animals, food, water, etc.

Layla’s Survival Journal

Layla & Kashyap

Gender Equalities

Some of the girls have realised that gender equality is not equal. Women have been treated with less respect than men. We girls also realised that there has not been many women leaders in parliaments. In the olden days women could not go out but men were able to. Female teachers were unable to marry and if they did they were immediately dismissed. Society has traditionally expected women to stay home and take care of the house. We need to take a stand women! GIRLS NEED RESPECT.

Mahrosh, Tenayah, Brahmleen & Samreen

We were presented with books on our table with the question ‘What do you notice about these books?’. After looking through the books we found out that most of the main characters were boys! We also found out author from Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling was told by her editor to write her name using only initials so that when people went to buy the book they did not know that she was a girl. If you are wondering her name is Joanne.

Ava, Stella and Yas

What will our world look like in 2050?

We had a big class discussion around technology that might come about in 2050. Some theories were flying cars, teleporters and time machines. There were lots of various ideas. after we had our discussion we recorded our own theories in our CBL journals.

What do you think our world will look like in 2050?

Rivindu & Uzair


National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

17th of March is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

We celebrated the day by constructing a rap about Anti-Bullying, role plays to abolish bullying and created posters to prevent bullying.

During Reading we went onto the website One Million Stars to find out what the organisation does and how we could get involved. We created woven starts from ribbon. Each star represents a person’s commitment to practise light, hope, courage and solidarity (mutual support from a group).


Amazing Bloxels

Hi Parents and Friends,

We have been using some new digital equipment to help our learning. Ms Kingsley introduced us to Bloxels.

Bloxels are blocks that you place in a grid and scan it to create your own game.

During Reading we asked some questions that we had about Bloxels. We then independently explored the website to find out how to use them. We recorded important information about how to use them in our reading journals so we could refer back to it at another time.


From here we then used a 100’s chart to colour code our own games. We had to think about all the different types of blocks we could use, such as terrain, coins, hazards, enemies, water, exploding block, story blocks and power ups. Once we were finished we needed to create a tally and then graph how many of each colour block we used to construct our game.


From here we moved into writing a procedure on how to construct our game. We needed to use 100’s chart positions to explain to the reader where to place the colour blocks. For example: place a coin block in the 100’s chart position of 26, 27, 28 & 29.

We then gave our writing to a partner who read our procedure back to us while we followed the instructions to build it. This allowed us to think about if our instructions were clear for a reader to understand. Once constructed it was time to play!!!!!

Check out the Bloxels app to construct your own Bloxels game!

From 4C! 😎

4C’s Week Reflections

Hi Parents and Friends,


In CBL, 4C has been learning about the big idea ‘Identity’. We have been showing our learning identities with the world through Twitter. Our identity can be in many different forms, from eye colour to our whole life. Identity is one of the things that vary from one person to another. We learnt this by doing many activities to study identity – From Rivindu and Tomaia.

Write On Time

We are using our Write On Time books to help us write about images, videos and sounds. When we brainstorm we connect our ideas to get an image in our head. We write the first things that it reminds us of and make word connections with these. We are able to choose different text types to write. Here is the link to our stimulus this week- From Anmol and Ava.


Some of us are focusing on reading at a smooth pace. If you don’t know what that means it is when you read like you are talking. This is our goal because some of us read really fast and some talk slow, like a robot. We hope to achieve our goal – From Tenayah, Stella, Ayan, Eliot and Riley.


We have been doing spelling investigations recently we have been working on ‘tion’, ‘sion’ and ‘cian’ words. We looked around the classroom and looked in books for words. We learnt new and interesting words for our word wall and write. The ‘cian’ words were really interesting to look for because they were the hardest to find. We found out that they all linked to occupations – by Mahrosh, Layla and Brahmleen.


We have been learning to form numbers in lots of different ways. These include word form, expanded form, base 10 form and worded base form. As a whole class we reconstructed a 100’s chart to demonstrate our knowledge of place value. We had to crack the code of symbol meaning to make a 100’s chart.


In Spanish this week we have been learning to know about each other using a puzzle and iPads to communicate our Identity. During Art we have been colouring our names in and making them into sculptures. In Performing Arts we have been working on plays that represent our holidays. For PE we have been going to the tennis club and developing our tennis skills – From Jake and Josh.

From 4C 😎


4C’s Check In and Check Outs

Check in and Check out is when we can share our emotions in the mornings and afternoons because if you are sad no one else has to know.

We go onto the internet and Check in and Check out on the iPads. We constructed a Google Form which asks us ‘How are we feeling?’ and ‘Do you want to talk about it?’.

We complete it in the morning and afternoons.

From Jake and Cayden

Welcome to 4C

We are very excited to be back at school and getting into our learning.

This year 4C will be giving updates on our learning through our school blog and we will also be sharing through Twitter (we will advise more details of this at a later date).

We have begun the year learning lots of fun and exciting new things. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you all.

Thank you for reading our first post this year!

4C 😀