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(another MPPS global2.vic.edu.au weblog)

February 13, 2015
by leesclassroom

5/6 Course Handbook

You can download the 5/6 handbook below. This booklet contains an outline of many the important aspects of life and learning in 5/6 level. Your child has already read through this booklet in class, so please have a chat to them as a starting point.

The Parent Information Night is on at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 18th Feb in the school library. Please read the handbook before attending as many of your questions may be answered within. A note has been sent home about this evening. Please return this as soon as possible so that we can have an idea of numbers

Thank you

5/6 team

5/6 Handbook 2015

February 10, 2015
by leesclassroom

Safer Internet Day 2015

Today, as a part of International Safer Internet Day, all 5/6 students took part in an online web conference.

Safer Internet Day is an annual global event which aims to foster ‘safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.’
This year’s theme was “Let’s create a better internet together”

In Victoria upper primary school students were invited to participate in a live web conference. The conference, titled “Cyberbullying: Be a good bystander” encouraged students to consider the impact of their actions when posting comments and photos online, and also provided opportunities to discuss appropriate actions when standing up against cyberbullying. The understanding of the role we all play is also the focus of the “Power of One” workshops MPPS students participate in every second year.

This morning all classes accessed Cybersmart’s virtual classroom, joining over thousands of students from around the state. The session began with a presentation by cybersmart Greg from ACMA. During Greg’s presentation he had many breaks which allowed us as a class to discuss the issues. We were also able share our views and opinions with the other schools through the online chat box.

Although, because of technical problems. our connection dropped out we were able to continue the discussion in class.

After recess we then accessed a discussion blog on the Herald Sun website (link). The discussion was led byclinical psychologist Andrew Fuller and focused on how to combat cyber bullying. Parents, teachers and students were able to upload questions which Andrew would respond to. In our class students discussed the posted questions before checking out Andrew’s responses.

Finally students logged onto and completed the following quiz:


February 9, 2015
by leesclassroom

improve testing log in instructions

Take a test instructions

  1. Go to www.improve.edu.au.
    2. Select the ‘Login’ button at the top right of the screen, then select the ‘Student’ option.
    3. Select the ‘Take a test or join a class’ button.
    4. Select the ‘Take a test’ button.
    5. Enter the Test PIN and your password.

Test PIN

6MQ577 (NAPLAN 2011 year 5 language conventions)

GVW4S2 (NAPLAN 2011 year 5 reading)

January 29, 2015
by leesclassroom

2015 Welcome

Hello students, welcome to leesclassroom for 2015. This site is an extention of our classroom. Here you will find many resources pages, useful links, homework reminders and news on what is happening in our classroom and around our school.

Importantly you will also find links to your classmate’s blogs and the blogs of other classes and their students. Through these sites you can access and communicate  with the ever expanding MPPS online community. Over the course of this year, as school leaders, many of you will be asked to assist other students and staff around the school in organising and managing their blogs. You will also have opportunities to learn new blogging skills and develop an understanding of how to incorporate other online tools and sites to help you better utilise the communication and educational possibilities  blogging offers.

Before we begin a little about myself. I’ve been a teacher for nine years and this is my seventh at our school. During my time here I’ve taught in 3/4 and 5/6. I was also fortunate to work with the older students when we had 7/8s at our school. I ran an animation class with them.

Like you I’ve just had a long holiday. For the first two weeks I visited my parents. They live in a small village called Longford which is just south of Launceston in Tasmania.

While there my sister and I bought my mum a new bike. As you can see from the picture below she was pretty happy.

mum on bike

I also spent time with my step dad building a garden bench totally from scratch. Again check out the picture below. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, it took us several attempts to work out how to bring our design to life.

garden bench

Over the course of the holidays I did manage to read quite a few books. While most were fiction one was non fiction. It was a history of noise. I should say is  because I haven’t finished it yet. To be honest although I’m enjoying the subject matter, what he is talking about, the way he writes puts me off at times. There is an author’s technique (which I suppose is part of his author’s voice) that just begins to annoy me after awhile and gets in the way of me focusing on the content of what he is talking about.

Finally you might be interested to know I have a daughter. Her name is Bela and she is 24. She and her friends recently returned from a holiday in Vanuatu. Bela has been there before and plans to go again.

I look forward to reading your responses to my letter and getting to know you all over the course of this year.




December 6, 2014
by leesclassroom

Canberra camp follow up

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