While I’m at cross country…

Dear 4D,

Unless your class teacher asks you otherwise, please work on the following things:

  1. Independent reading for 15 minutes
  2. Soundwaves – work on your spelling sheet – do questions 1 to question 8 then write another haiku
  3. Maths Online – there is an addition lesson assigned for you.
  4. If you get time, work on one of your stories in your writing folder.

I look forward to hearing how you went when I get back J

From Mrs Walker


Hi again 4D,

As we discussed this morning, during Independent Reading I don’t want anyone reading from their iPad. Read paper books today 🙂

Unless your teacher asks you to do something different, during playtime and lunch time, here is what I would like you to do:

11.30 – 12.00 – Independent Reading. Check your diary and make sure you are up to date with your reading and maths goals.

12.00 – 12.45 – Research – work on your sea creature project. Remember your central question to answer is:

WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED TO SHARE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE TO HELP YOUR SEA CREATURE SURVIVE? This means thinking about how human behaviour (plastic bags, pollution, fishing, breaking fishing rules, etc) is affecting your sea creature and what we can do about it.

If you are doing a poster please make sure you write in grey lead so your friendly editor (aka me) can check it later.

12.45 – Maths Online – there are a couple of assigned tutorials we haven’t done yet. Also there are revision tasks. Help each other to find these and complete. If there’re any questions in the revisions tasks you’re not sure of write them down and we can do them together later.

I’ll see you just before lunch.

Mrs W.

Oh the places we went and the things that we saw!

There’s a big sprawling house just a short walk from the Splitpoint Lighthouse and once upon a time it held the lighthouse keepers and all their children. (Apparently there were twenty-one children! That’s an entire class living in one house. I wonder who had to do the dishes? Did someone hog the shower all the time and make everyone else mad? Was there even a shower? Perhaps they only had a bath once a week.) Now that house is privately owned and the lighthouse keepers’ children have all grown up and probably had children and grandchildren of their own. I wonder if there’s a lighthouse keeper anymore? I guess there must be someone who changes the lightbulbs! They certainly don’t need to light the lamps or flick the switch each night though.

Our lighthouse guide took us all the way to the top of the lighthouse where we shuffled oh so carefully out through that solid metal door so we could peer down at the world below. A salty wind tugged at our hats, the metal floor was angled so that when it rains it leaves no puddles but that made me feel like I was leaning over the little township of Aireys Inlet at a very precarious angle!

With weary legs and sweaty heads we trotted on down those many metal steps, out of the lighthouse and away down the hill to have some well-earned lunch before meeting Keiran, the Estuary Man.

Keiran had many interesting marine facts to share with us. We found out there used to be a volcano in the sea nearby and that sandstone gets whittled away by the ocean storms. We found out that the estuary is like a baby fish nursery and that sprats, you know those slippery silver fish with thin shiny bodies, are actually grown up fish and not babies at all.

There’s so much more information to share so check out the students’ blogs…

Flying, building, walking and exploring

Those things in the title were just some of the things we got to do on camp. We flew on the flying fox, built sandcastles that’d make a king jealous and found out an amazing array of facts about the estuary and life in the ocean.

Let me start with the lighthouse. Did you know there’re 136 steps? We puffed our way up those winding metal steps, all the way to the top. Did you know that the light shines out the front of the lighthouse but not the back? The back of the top section of the lighthouse is black so the light doesn’t shine down on the people of Aireys Inlet. Apparently the light didn’t always shine in the correct directions though. Perhaps you could have a read of Alex’s blog and find out what happened once upon a time.

When it came time to explore the estuary I was certainly glad to be putting my hot feet in that lovely cool water! We paddled in with our nets and scooped up some interesting creatures (and very carefully put them back at the end). If you’d like to find out more about those creatures have a read of some of the students’ blogs.

Did you know that Mrs Elder can fly? I saw it for myself! There she was, strapped into the flying fox harness, bravely stepping to the edge of the platform while I stood below and then, suddenly, away she flew! I could imagine the wind in her face and the excitement she must’ve felt as she raced along that high wire, coming to a sudden stop when the flying fox hook reached the tyre at the end.

Come and have a look at our very exciting student blogs and find out more about the adventures of Camp Wilkin.

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to camp we go…

Hi 4D,

Not long until we’re on that bus heading off to camp! Please remember:

You need to be at school on Tuesday morning by 7.30.

LEAVE your OVERNIGHT BAG outside the gym to be packed onto the bus. Do not bring it to the classroom.

BRING your day bag (your school bag/backpack) to the classroom.

Your backpack should have:

Your drink bottle

Your snack and brainfood

Your lunch in a labelled paper bag (NO LUNCH BOXES PLEASE)

Your beach shoes (crocs, etc.)

A small towel (not your main towel)

WHEN YOU GET INTO THE CLASSROOM sit down, relax, chat quietly with your friends.

AFTER I have done the roll I will ask you to put your lunches into the esky to keep them cool until we eat them later in the day. You will keep your snack and your drink bottle in your backpack.

We get on the bus at 7.45 and leave school at 8 am.

I’m looking forward to our trip, it should be lots of fun.

See you bright and early on Tuesday morning 🙂

From Mrs Walker





Kitchen Garden Greenthumbs

4D had their first gardening session on Friday and it was all hands on deck weeding, pruning the strawberry and raspberry plants and of course watering ready for our next hot spell. Keep an eye out for our individual blog posts coming up next week!

Big thanks to our mums who came along and helped, the Kitchen Garden program wouldn’t run without you.