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It’s been a while since we have had award winners as there was no assembly in Week 7 and 8. So a big well done to our Week 9 award winners:
Eliza – For becoming a more independent and inquiry focussed learner
James – For being a smarter learner who consistently brings his diary to school
I would also like to take the time to introduce you to our new Library Rovers, Kim and Ruby W.
Both girls submitted very detailed applications as to why they believe they are the best person for the job. I am extremely proud of both of their efforts and know they will do a fantastic job.

Afghan Refugees

Wile Jamal and Bibi have been lucky enough to leave the refugee camp they were living in for a short time there are unfortunately other refugees who aren’t as lucky. Earlier in the week we looked at a slideshow of images that helped us to describe the conditions in Afghanistan and to think about what it would be like to be a refugee.

Unfortunately we didn’t get through the entire slideshow but you can view the rest of it yourself by opening the Powerpoint below:

Afghan Refugees Slideshow

Even though the PDF is more a teacher lesson plan I have also attached it as it will help you to understand what each of the slides is about.

Afghan Refugees

As you were looking at the slideshow you were asked to make some connections, whether they be Text to Text (T2T), Text to self (T2S) or Text to World (T2W). Consider these connections as you view the rest of the slideshow. Are you able to make any new connections? The document below gives you some examples of connections that we might make:

Text Connections

I would love to hear about some of the connections that you made while viewing the Powerpoint Presentation. Please explain them in a detailed comment.

Are there things that you would still like to find out? Explain.


Factors and Multiples

Hi Guys

Hope you all enjoyed looking at the factors and multiples game today and that you understand what the difference is.

Here is the link to the game so that you can have a look at it over the weekend ready to play in class at the start of next week.

100s grid

I’d really love to hear what you think of the game and also what your understanding of factors and multiples is?


Life in an Afghanistan Refugee Camp

Over the past few weeks the children of Grade 5B have been researching what it might be like for Jamal and Bibi, who are the main characters from our class novel, Boy Overboard.

We have watched a couple of videos from BTN, you will find this post further down. In order to complete the coming writing task you may need to re-watch them.

On Friday we viewed a particularly sad video about what be like to live in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. You can view the video again by clicking on the following link: or by clicking play on the video below.

While you are watching the video, record a Wow! moment.

Remember, a Wow! moment is a part of a text that gives you a reaction or feeling. It can be a feeling, what you were thinking would happen, a prediction that turned out right or something else, as long as it made you react somehow! We will be using these WOW moments as part of our information reports.

What did you learn from watching the video?

How did the video make you feel? Make sure you give specific details.

Understanding Time Zones….

On Friday we began investigating time zones across the world. Miss Hunichen posed an interesting question, she wanted to know:

‘In five minutes will it be 12 noon in ALL countries across the world?’


We took a vote and funnily all of us decided that no it wouldn’t be. Miss Hunichen thought that might be the end of the investigation because we already gave her the answer. However, we were very keen to find out why the above statement isn’t true. Why are there different times around the world?

So we all set off to start researching. Miss Hunichen came around and asked us about about search terms and what we thought in response to her question. She asked why a lot and made us think deeper about our answers. After about fifteen minutes of research time we got together with someone from a different table and spoke to them about what we had found out. We had discovered lots of things, take a look below!


These new discoveries left us asking the question you can see above in red, ‘Who decides what time it is and where?’ and ‘What is a time zone?’ We spent a little bit of time researching this and found the following website useful:

We still have lots of wonderings though! You can view them below on our Padlet wall. It might be easier to visit the actual wall by clicking on the following link:

It’s quite a complicated subject to understand.
What are they?  When were they introduced? Why are they necessary? How are they decided?

Viewing the videos below may help you to understand it all a little bit better.

What did you learn from these two videos and the research you completed?

Can you answer any of our wonderings?


In Maths this week we have begun to talk about Multiplication. We discovered that an array is a helpful way to show multiplication problems. An array is a rectangular or square pattern of items arranged in columns and rows and is also evenly spaced. When we describe arrays we write the number of columns first.
The following website explains it in further details and has activities for you to try:

Can you find examples of arrays around your house?

Why do you think arrays are useful?

Can you find some good maths websites on arrays?

Timeline of Immigration

Over the next week or so we will be investigating some of the events that have influenced migration over the years. Once we have researched some of these events we will be creating a timeline.

‘What is a timeline?’ I hear you ask. Well that is what we are going to start with. See if you can find three examples of different timelines and take a snipping tool of them. Once you have your 3 snips, paste them into a Word document. Now you are ready to start thinking about what the important parts of a timeline are. What are the features? How are they set out?

Now that you have some sort of understanding on what a timeline is and how they are set out you are ready to start doing some research. You will begin by looking at the following website:

Where have you seen timelines before?

What specific features do timelines have?


Our class novel for this term is Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman. This story is set in Afghanistan. So what do we currently know about Afghanistan from the book:

– The country has lots of landmines, both active and inactive

– There is an extremely strict government with many absurd laws in place, some of these are as follows:

  • Children are not allowed to play soccer
  • Girls are forbidden from having an education
  • Females are not allowed outside unless they are accompanied by a male relative
  • Cassette tapes are confiscated and thrown up into the light poles as music is banned
  • Fizzy drink is also banned

You have been asked to find out a little bit more about the Afghanistan Government and what has caused these strict laws.

Today in class we will be doing some further research. We will be completing some reading and watching the following clips from Behind the News. The first clip is from April 2012 and gives a clear picture of what caused the War in Afghanistan. Here is the link so that you can read the transcript:

The second clip talks about what life is like in Afghanistan. Even though the clip is from June 2010 the information it contains is still relevant to the discussion we will be having.


Lastly the following website contains some useful information:

What have you learnt about Afghanistan?

How are these videos related to our class novel?


Cross Country

On Friday the 14th of March all of the Grade 3-6 children participated in the Cross Counrty. Before we could even run the race we had to walk down into Gisborne. We met Mr G at Gardiner Reserve and assembled in our house colours.

The 10 year old age group ran a 2km track while the 11, 12 and 13 year old age group ran a 3km track.

Congratulations to all children that participated, it was a long hot day and I think you did well to get through it all. Special congratulations to the following children for placing in their age groups; Jack H – 1st 11yo boys, Ashton – 4th 11yo boys, Blake – 6th 11yo boys, Logan – 10th 11yo boys, Daniel – 12th 11yo boys and to our only girl that placed, Ruby L – 4th 11yo girls.

Special thanks goes to Mr G for organising such a fabulous event, to the PA for organising fruit and cordial for after we raced and to all the wonderful parents who manned the checkpoints so we were safe at all times.

Leave a comment reflecting on the Cross Country.

Don’t forget to think about and include the Six Thinking Hats and the Habits of Mind.

Essendon Footballers Visit

On Tuesday 11th of March we had two very special visitors to our school. Kyle Hardingham and Nick Kommer came to talk to the grade 5/6 students. Even if you are not an Essendon supporter it was fantastic to have two professional AFL players visit New Gisborne Primary. They came to explain a little bit about what it was like to be an AFL player. We heard all about their training routines, how important nutrition was as well as the sacrifices they had made to achieve their goal of becoming a professional football player.
The students asked lots of interesting questions and at the end some Essendon fans were lucky enough to get their footy jumpers or footballs signed.


Football players visit schools to publicise AFL and their team but also to inform and educate us.

Do you think it is worthwhile having them visit schools?

Post a comment with your opinion and why you believe that.