Early Australia - Grade 4/5's impressions of life on the Gold fields in water colour.

Follow up to the Sovereign Hill excursion. Kids creating water colour painting impressions of Sovereign Hill ... Life at the Diggings in the 1850's.

The Grade 4/5 students excursion to Sovereign Hill.



Students learning about Tessellations



This year’s Education Week was celebrated from 21 to 27 May with the theme of Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.

Education Week is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure healthy minds and bodies.

The week aims to profile and celebrate everything from sport, dance, mentoring, yoga, meditation, reading, and art, to camps, excursions, breakfast clubs, healthy canteen menus, stress management and resilience; and more.

To help celebrate Education Week this year our students participated in a Hands-On Science workshop. Students participated in challenging, enjoyable science and technology activities that encouraged our students to think. Students were actively involved and encouraged to, observe, record, report and conclude from their observations and experiment results.

On the Friday afternoon students also participated in a variety of sports. The games that Miss Leanne selected helped to promote eye hand co-ordination; interaction with other children; social skills; self-confidence & working independently.



To help celebrate Education Week this year, we’ve organised ‘Hands-On Science’ to visit our school on Tuesday May 23 2017.

Hands-On Science offered challenging, enjoyable science and technology activities that encouraged children to think. Students were actively involved and encouraged to, observe, record, report and conclude from their observations and experiment results.

During this session students developed an understanding of how inventions and discoveries have affected the environment.  They also explored alternative uses for waste materials.


  • Identified reasons for inventing.
  • Sorted materials to understand that sustainability has many meanings.
  • Made a “plastic” from different materials.
  • Acted as an environmental science testing water samples.
  • Observed the effects of burning different materials.
  • Investigated and tested products that are biodegradable.
  • Explored water sustainability.
  • Made a motor that uses clean energy from recycled materials.
  • Were inspired to invent something that is useful and environmentally friendly.


Term 1 has been a busy term in the Year 4/5 area!

Students settled in well to their new classes, quickly establishing ‘rights and responsibilities’ within their classrooms. This has flowed through to our inquiry topic on rules and laws within the local community.

In Reading, we have focussed developing our comprehension skills through inference. In Writing, we have established writers’ notebooks and have been focussing on narrative writing. Our focus topics for Mathematics have been place value, addition and subtraction.

Year 5s enjoyed participating in the DOXA camp at Malmsbury, which the Year 4s are looking forward to next year. The Year 5s have also had the opportunity to attend Sunshine Collage for ‘Taster Day’, in preparation for transition to secondary school.



On April 25th we commemorated ANZAC Day. We talked about the armed forces and their service to Australia. Miss Fergusson bought in a ‘slouch hat’ for us to try on and medals from a few different wars for us to look at. We made a wreath and presented it during the ANZAC day service.