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Its time to hop on to the Jump Rope for Heart website and register to start raising money for the Heart Foundation.

You can win some amazing prizes and all of the money goes towards a great cause.

So click on the link below and get skipping! Once on the website click ‘2011 Kids Join Now’



What tricks can you do with a skipping rope?

Layers Week


This week at New Gisborne Primary School it is Layers Week.

We have been running Layers Week since 2005 in a bid to encourage children to rug up and save energy.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 1st June) you are asked to rug up in all your layers. There were be a parade of ‘layered’ children in the gym at recess.

Also as part of Layers week you are invited to particpate in two competitions.

The first competition is for you to draw a picture of yourself keeping warm on cold winters days at school. Your picture must be on A4 size paper. See Miss Hunichen or Mrs Hollands if you need some.

The second competition is for you to guess the teachers under all their layers. To do this you need to click on the link below and visit the sustainability blog.

On Thursday morning Ms Preaudet and Mrs Walker will be running a whole school brain gym session down in the gym. We can’t wait to participate!


What do you like/not like about Winter?

What’s your favourite food to keep you warm in Winter?

Triassic Dinosaurs

Last week the children became experts on the dinosuars from the Triassic period. The children worked in partners to research their given dinosaur. They were required to read the information given to them and to find out different things about their dinosaur. They then filled in the boxes with the correct information. Their projects have come up really well for a first attempt and we look forward to seeing them improve as we learn about the two remaining periods.

Ask your child about the dinosaur that they researched and what they learnt about it.



What was your favourite thing

about working on your project?

What did you find difficult?

Melbourne Museum

On Wednesday the 25th of May 2011, Grade 1A, 1B and 1C went on a bus to go to the Melbourne Museum. The bus was so noisy because the children were so excited about getting there!

The Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history. Located in Carlton Gardens, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children.

First we had snack just outside the Museum entrance doors then we walked inside. The first skeleton we saw what the blue whale. It was gigantic. Did you know the blue whale skeleton is 20.5 metres long?

We then had our first toilet stop and split into our groups led by teachers and parent helpers.We then were lucky enough to go and see the dinosaur skeletons. There were so many to look at. The Dinosaur Walk exhibition at Melbourne Museum brings dinosaurs and other ancient animals to life. Children were able to duck beneath the belly of a massive Mamenchisaurus and contemplate the speed of the small and agile Hypsilophodon. They were able to walk up high to where the flying reptiles soar and imagine Quetzalcoatlus swooping for prey.

After wandering around the dinosaur walk, we then went and had an education session. We got to look at fossils with magnifying glasses. I loved this! We discovered how dinosaurs lived and ate. The children became junior palaeontologists for 30 minutes.

We were starting to feel very hungry so we got to eat lunch outside in the park. The playground was awesome!

Then it was time to go back inside and look at the Bugs Alive, 600 million years ago and Dynamic Earth exhibitions. Children loved looking at the many insects especially the live tarantulas! One last toilet stop and it was back onto the bus! You know you have had a great day when children fall asleep on the bus! Thankyou to all our parents helpers! It was a terrific excursion!

Written by Sam, Thomas, Sarah and Olivia H.




What was your favourite part

of the museum?


What did you learn

at the museum?

Jump Rope for Heart

Today we were lucky enough to have a skipping demonstration by State champions. The children who performed were from Hesket Primary School and were from grade 2 all the way up to grade 6. Many of them have been skipping for seven years, while some have only just joined the team.

The tricks they showed us were absolutely amazing.


What was your favourite trick?



The Triassic Period



Last week in class we learnt all about the Triassic period. The world was very different in this period because all of the continents were joined together as one big supercontinent.

Grade 1’s I wonder if you can remember what the supercontient was called and what the weather was like?

Can you tell me anything about

the Triassic Dinosaurs?

Walk with the Dinosaurs

dino walk


This week Grade 1 children will be visiting the Melbourne Museum. We are going to be looking at lots of different exhibits that will complement all of the things we have been learning in class. We are also going to be looking at the Bug Exhibit in readiness for next term.

The part I think the children are most looking forward to though is the ‘Dinosaur Walk’. Here they will be able to duck beneath the belly of a massive Mamenchisaurus and contemplate the speed of the small and agile Hypsilophodon. Walk up high to where the flying reptiles soar and imagine Quetzalcoatlus swooping for prey.

Before visiting the museum the children should visit the website and take a virtual tour of this amazing exhibit.

Explore this website, meet the skeletons and learn amazing facts about these prehistoric animals.  Access the education resources and have some prehistoric fun playing the activities.

What did you learn while exploring this website?

What happened to the dinosaurs?


Last week the children were asked to think about what they wanted to find out about dinosaurs. I think almost all children asked something in relation to what happened to the dinosaurs or how did they die?

Other common questions included:

What was the biggest/smallest dinosaur?

Which dinosaur was the most powerful?

How many dinosaurs were there?

Where did the dinosaurs live?

How did they protect their babies?

What did they eat?

How did the dinosaurs get their names?

What were the different periods like?

When did the dinosaurs live?

Come in and see our Dinosaur Footprint Wonderings!

Hopefully during the term we will be able to answer all of these questions.

You might already know the answer to some of them.

Can you already answer any of these questions?

Meet our student teachers

This year we have welcomed two student teachers, Madison Sutton who is working in Grade 1B and Simon Boxall who is working in Grade 1C. Both student teachers have been observing lessons, taking small and whole group classes and doing all the other bits and pieces a teacher does.


We asked the student teachers to tell us a little bit about themselves. Below are their responses.

“My name is Madison and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education Prep-Year 12 course at Victoria University. I am majoring in History and Asian Studies and am currently in my 2nd Year. I have chosen teaching as my career as I enjoy the company of children, watching them grow and learn. I want to make a difference to their lives. I have been working in early childhood settings for 8 years and am now ready for a new challenge, teaching. My interests include- nature, travelling, running, fishing, going to the beach, spending time with my friends and family and anything new. I love my two cats named Elvis and Jerry Lee, eating chocolate and enjoy a great coffee. I dislike driving, feet, butter, vegemite and peanut butter” (Madison Sutton)

“My name is Simon and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education Prep-Year 12 course at Victoria University. I have previously completed a Diploma of Fitness (2007-2009) and a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. I enjoy sport, games, extreme sports, reading and music. I am a gym instructor, lifeguard, personal trainer, spin instructor and work at after school care. I have two dogs, two cats, chickens and a crocodile as pets” (Simon Boxall)


What would you like to know about our student teachers?


What did you find interesting?

Awesome and Amazing Alliterations

Last week the children were introduced to the concept of alliterations when we read a book called ‘Dinosaur Days’.

Alliteration refers to the repetition of a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words and/or phrases, for example:

Raging Rhinos roast red raspberries rapidly.

The children worked really hard to come up with a clever alliterative sentence that included their name. Have a look at their beautiful posters below.



Can you write any other alliterative sentences?