Filed Under (5/6 team news, camp) by on December 6, 2014

On top of Canberra


Following up from our recent camp to Canberra below you’ll find some links to websites from some of the amazing places we visited.

Parliament House

  • Parliamentary Education Office
  • House of Representatives
  • Senate

National Film and Sound Archive

“Questacon” The National Science and Technology Centre

  • Questacon is Australia’s leading interactive science and technology centre, with over 200 exhibits. Learn how lighning is produced, experience an earthquake, and so much more!
  • Explore Science On-line at the Scislands site.

Electoral Education Centre

  • Educational sessions on the federal electral system include an audiovisual presentation, an interactive display centre, as well as a classroom polling place.

Museum of Australian Democracy

  • Who’s the boss? Learn about the development and practice of democracy in Australia by exploring the results of past democratic decisions in an interactive exhibition trail and discover parliamentary procedure through role play in our historic chambers.Who’s the boss program outline (MS Word, 45KB)

Australian Institute of Sport

  • Look at some of the amazing experiences we had when we went to the Australian Institute of Sport.

Black Mountain Tower

  • Take a scenic drive up to Black Mountain Tower open air and enclosed viewing galleries which provides a 360 degree view over Canberra and surrounding country side.

CSIRO Discovery – (Discovering Science in Society)

  • Through interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments and role-play, students are provided with an understanding of actual scientific research. Even the enthralling virtual reality 3D show presents actual research.
  • Try these on-line Do-it-yourself science actvities
  • if you want to know more about the history of the CSIRO the ‘CSIRO 100 app will lead you on a walking tour of CSIRO through Canberra’s history.

National Museum of Australia – (Creating a Nation Program)

  • Here you can explore Australia’s place in the global network; the cultral icons and symbols that represent our nation; the stories of 100 Australian’s; our links to the land, and indigenous cultures and history
  • Learn more about Australia with these interactives from the National Museum in Canberra

Australian War Memorial – War & Technology Program

  • Enjoy a guided tour, where you will be given the opportunity to see, touch and discuss items from the wars themselves.

Question time with Bill Shorten

Filed Under (camp) by on November 23, 2014

Hi Takee and Afrah. For this week spend the first three days with the 1/2s and the last two with the Preps. Monday morning go see Senada. Michelle, Raju and Ayla will be joining you.

There is a lot of work listed below,. Take your time, I don’t expect you’ll get through all of it.  During the week  I expect you’ll also be asked to help out a bit in the classes you are in. I know Jenny might have some Prep blog work you can help with.

The following is a list of work for you for this week.

  • The work sheet attached is a web quest. If some of the links are not working do some investigation. (Canberra Camp Web Quest)
  • The following chapters from frameworks are on the Maths we’ve covered recently. Chapter 19 (Angles), Chapter 15 (Perimeter and Area). Work you way through them.
  • Each day after some silent reading, Afrah and Takee, please help Michelle and Raj to write and edit reading reflections, based on the sheets we use in class. At the end of the week , if you get time, take them through the read like a reader or read like a writer steps to create a more detailed reflection.
  • Finally, as a group, spend the week working on the design a solar cooker task from the integrated unit. (Build a Solar Cooker)

Use your learning to design, build and test your own solar cooker.

Use your learning to design, build and test your own solar cooker.

Use your learning to design, build and test your own solar cooker.

Measure and record the temperature inside the cooker at different times during the day.

Identify and investigate as many factors as you can that might affect the efficiency of your solar cooker (eg the Sun’s angle, cloud cover, wind, air temperature, size and colour of cooking pots and pans, food size, quantity and water content).

Choose a cooking project for your solar cooker. (A simple cake mix or pot of pastsa is ideal.)

Please read and follow the Build a Solar Cooker doc.

Remember the planning steps we discussed in class:

  1. Define the task
  2. Brainstorm some responses – what would I need of a solar cooker that I’m able to construct myself from materials I can access and tools I can use (maybe with an adults help)
  3. Sketch three ides
  4. Develop your assessment criteria which you will use to judge the success of your final design
  5. Select your preferred design (based on your assessment criteria)
  6. Plan – List of materials with a procedural text for construction
  7. Build
  8. Use a POE to test and record results
  9. Assess using your assessment criteria
  10. Present
  11. Reflect on success
  12. Enjoy the pasta


For today’s science lesson we were going to look at a youtube clip Solar cooking in Zanzibar. We were going to use the knowledge we’d gained from the solar cooker interactive to decide how efficient the cooker was. As we couldn’t view the clip at school could you please look at it at home and we’ll discuss it in class.

Filed Under (5/6 team news, camp) by on November 20, 2014


1 Backpack containing

Lunch for 1st Day

Snacks for the first day (muesli bars, fruit sticks, etc.) for morning and afternoon tea

Water bottle

Camera (optional &child’s responsibility)


Insect Repellent

Hat (SunSmart)

Pocket Money in a small purse or wallet



1 fitted/bottom sheet

1 Sleeping Bag

1 Pillow

2 Towels

* 1 Duffle Bag or Soft suitcase containing:



Socks (daily change)

Underwear (daily change)

T Shirts/skivvies (2/3)

Jeans/Trousers /Slacks) (2 pair)


Shorts (2/3 pair)

Jumper/Windcheater (1/2)


Waterproof coat/parka

Beanie and sunhat (in daypack)


2 plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing.

Bathers & towels



Change of shoes or runners.

I pair of inside shoes (slippers/moccasins/uggs)



Soap and face washer

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Brush & comb

Talc powder/ roll on deodorant

2 Towels




Reading material



Camera (child’s responsibility)


1 Indoor Game

Pocket money (No more than $30.00, please stress with your child this is for souvenirs NOT food or drinks.)


LUGGAGE: (Please keep to minimum.)

1 Duffle bag or soft suitcase

1 Small back pack as hand luggage



Electronic games and devices

Chewing gum

Jewellery, watches etc

Spray on deodorants




Spending Money

Students may require some spending money during the trip, as they may like to purchase small souvenirs, postcards, etc; from places they visit. We would like to suggest that THIRTY dollars would be a reasonable amount for the week. (Any amount over this will be taken and returned at the end of the week). All money that your child brings to camp MUST BE in a clearly labelled purse or wallet.


Lollies and Sweets

Students have been asked not to bring large amounts of lollies and sweets – No food or drink is to be consumed on the bus