Filed Under (5/6 team news, sport) by on November 12, 2013

This Friday our first group of students attend the MILO T20 Blast School Cup. They’ll play games of T20 in a round-robin format. The event runs for four hours and teams will play a minimum of four games. To get a better idea of the rules and format of the day go to


Filed Under (5/6 team news) by on November 10, 2013

As we move to the end of the school year it is time to start discussing the year 6 leadership roles and positions of responsibility for 2014. These will include School Captains, House Captains, Vice House Captains, Green Team Leaders,  Gala Sports and Winter Sports Captains and Vice Captains, Library monitors, Science Lab monitors, Prep Buddy Liaison , 1/2 ICT  Buddy Liaison, Tournament of Minds team coordinators and Graduation coordinators. There will also be student elected SRC reps but they may come from either grades 5 or 6.

As you can see there are a lot of opportunities to help support and develop the type of school we want MPPS to be. The main positions to be decided by the end of the year are School Captains, House Captains, Vice House Captains and Green Team Leaders. As students can only hold one position think careful where you think you might best fit. Also be prepared for the fact you may not get the first position you apply for, so think of a few options.

Below is the application brief for the position of School Captain, due to either Jess or myself by next Friday (the 15th). Even if, at this stage, you don’t think the role is for you give it a go and fill out an application. You may change your mind as you start writing and realize what you have to offer in the role.

School Captain application


Last week all our 5/6 students went to the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC). GTAC is one of three Specialist Science Centres established by the Victorian State Government, the other two are the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) and Ecolinc which focuses on educational programs around environmental sustainability.


The visit was part of our term’s work on forensic science with students having the opportunity to explore forensic microscopy. After an initial introduction to the centre and its technology students broken into small groups and paired up with a real life research scientist from Melbourne University to explore a forensic scenario. The students took on the role of forensic investigator, analysing trace evidence samples using stereo and compound microscopes and recording their observations to solve the case.

To read their reflections on the day click on the links on the left hand side under Current 5/6B Students.

Choose one of the forensic scientists below and complete an in depth research into their lives, and the impact their work has had on the forensic science field. You will be asked to present you information in class. Your talk should be at least 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes. You will also place the text of your presentation onto your blog as well as links to at least 2 sites you used for your research. Finally record you written work through Audacity and add that to your post.
Due Friday the 22nd of November.

This term’s focus in on Forensic Science. While TV crime shows mainly have forensic scientists working on homicide cases their skills are used in a wide range of  criminal investigations. These include fraud, smuggling, poaching, theft and arson. Forensics is currently being used to assist in tracing counterfeiters who use scanners and color laser and inkjet printers to produce fake bills, passports and other documents (

A detailed overview of the role of forensic science in criminal investigation can be found at

While the site ScienceNews for Students has a good article introducing forensic science starting by looking at its ancient history. The page also includes links to:

Word Find: Crime Lab

Questions about the Article

Other relevant ScienceNews for Students articles include:

Gene Sleuths Track Down Ivory Sources

Cool Jobs: crime scenes investigators

Animal CSI or from science lab to crime lab

Another useful reference is the forensic science for kids page on the All About Forensic Science website. This page has science resources aimed at children and younger students and includes links to resources for teachers as well.