Term 1 unit reflection (history)

In term 1 2015 the 5/6’s did projects on Australian history. The amounts of people in each group were 3 but mainly 2 people in each group. You could choose from many topics. The year 5’s studied the 1800’s and the year 6’s studied the 1900’s. The topics you could choose from were:

Year 5 possible research areas:

John Batman – Hero or Villain? Batman signed a ‘deed’ with the Wurrundjeri people – but was he stealing their land, Emigration. Explore the tale of one family leaving home and those they left behind, Investigate squatters and selectors history and stories, Investigate aboriginal resistance fighters – eg Jandamarra or Pemulwuy. Etc.

Year 6 possible research areas:

Investigating the stories of individuals or groups who advocated or fought for rights in twentieth-century Australia (ie ‘Freedom Riders’ of 1965, Charles Perkins, Eddie Marbo), Explain and compare the push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia, Explore how Australia’s immigration selection process determined who was let in and who was not, Investigate the different types of migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II, in the 1970s and recently. Etc

Now I will share things that I learnt from this topic

3 Facts I found Interesting or Surprising:

  1. I found out that Charles Perkins was a half aboriginal but also half European and I found this surprising because even though he was part aboriginal he was a European that had an interest in aboriginal rights and wanted to help them.
  2. I leant that John Macarthur lost his job as an English soldier because he started the rum rebellion but, he ended up very rich because he was amazing in the wool industry and he brought Marino sheep to Australia. In fact he brought  4,000 sheep to Australia.
  3. Another thing I learnt was that a squatter is someone that illegally marks land that isn’t theirs and if they are there for 12 or more years that land becomes theirs. I also learnt that a selector is someone that is legally given land by the government. I found this interesting because it shows how Australia has changed over time.

2 Things I Now Understand:

  1. I now understand that things in the 19th and 20th century were a lot tougher than things today in the 21st century. I also understand that life was even tougher for the aboriginals in Australia because there was the White Australia policy and Europeans thought that their way of life should be the only way.
  2. I understand that in the 21st century we are lucky because we have an easier way of life. We have advanced medical screening, for example: X-ray, M.R.I, cat-scan, bone-scan .etc. We also have technology for example; The news, telephone, mobile, internet, Ipads, Ipods .etc. These things help us to know what is going on in the whole world .EG. war, Budget, Traffic, Whether problems .etc. I believe the most important way that Australia has changed is the amount of multi-cultural people in our country. Australia is now extremely diverse and multi-cultural you know this by when you go through a shopping centre and see all the people that are running shops and they are from China, England, India .etc. there are even grocery shops that only have food from a certain country.

1 Question I still Have:

  1. I still wonder why Europeans thought that they were the only people with the right lifestyle and why they brought in the white Australian policy?

BTN: Revisiting Nepal

On the 25th of  April 2015 Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and 3 weeks later there has been another earthquake. I now understand how lucky we are that we don’t have big earthquakes in Australia because of the set up of tectonic plates. The second earthquake killed more than 90 people and left many people homeless, and needing aid. I understand that people need help and I would like to help the people in need. It is important that people understand what has happened overseas. The second earthquake was a 7.3 magnitude so it wasn’t as bad but still very dangerous.

I wonder if Nepal will ever get rebuilt in time before another deadly earthquake?

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…but the ferocious wind …

I was outside playing basketball when all of a sudden the ring fell. I called my mum and brother …but the ferocious wind … was to loud. I tried to run inside but the door wasn’t opening so I knocked on the window and no one could hear me. I was so scared and then thought of a plan, I had the phone outside with me so I tried to call the home phone but the phone lines were down I was so scared and I couldn’t think. Then the wind stopped.

5/6 monoprinting evaluation

The Arts Department

Art Critic Evaluation Year 5/6

Art Topic: Monoprinting

Name: Holly

Classroom Teacher: Lee Pregnell

Artwork Title: Eye am Watching you

Description: What do you see? Describe the work of art. What is the medium?

The medium of my piece of work was…I used paper to put make my print,  I used paint when I was drawing/designing my print, I used a monoprinter whilst drawing my print with paint, I used cotton buds to draw my print. In this piece you see… I see texture from the glass print maker. My picture involved two eyes on the opposite side of the paint. There are also different lines to create texture.


Analysis: Describe the work according to the art elements and principles. Eg. Explain the type of line you see, describe the colour, shape, texture and space.

There are different lines and that gives texture to the piece and detail, my piece also involves different colours that emphasise different parts of the piece, I used harmony whilst choosing the colours that would go nicely to give my piece balance.


Interpretation: Tell the story of what you were trying to achieve with your work of art. Why did you choose to create this work of art? Why did you choose this image to print?

I choose to print the eye because it gives the piece meaning. My interpretation for this piece is to show that there is always someone looking over you and taking care of you.  I believe this will help to put across a point that shows that you are not alone when you feel you are.


Judgment: Give your opinion of your final piece. Be sure to include a reason for your judgment.

I think my piece turned out well but I could have chosen colours that work more harmoniously to make the piece feel smooth and to make the piece feel balanced.

My reason for this is because… I believe a piece of art has a very strong meaning to its owner and to make a piece feel finished and to help the piece feel finished it needs to work harmoniously together.

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“breaking news from the land of Minies. The president Mrs. Stephonson was collecting seeds for the homeless and was stopped by an eagle the eagle said” “hand over the seeds or I will take over your village and everyone will be put in jail and the homeless people will be my servants.” “so she handed over the seeds for the sake of her fellow villagers.”

3 years later

“Today the land of the minies was taken over by the eagle that threatened their president 3 years ago about taking over and the threat has now become a real life circumstance. the president tried to evacuate all the villagers but thet didn’t have enough time so Mrs. Stephonson stayed back with the eagle and lived the rest of her life as a servant.”

Nepal Earthquake BTN

This Btn informed me about the devastating earthquake in Nepal recently. This earthquake had a 7.9 magnitude rating.this Earthquake left behind broken hearts as thousands of people passed away in the rubble of their homes, buildings and some from an avalanche on Mt Everest. This earthquake left many people homeless and needing medical treatment.

To understand how it happened you need background information on the earth. I you go far underneath the surface of the earth you will find a big, red, hot molten rock. Molten rock is a hard version of lava. When there is a volcano eruption parts of molten rock is released and turns into a liquid. The layer we float above is called crust. Crust is made up of extremely big blocks of Earth that are also known as tectonic plates. Tectonic plates shift a few centimeters every year. When a tectonic plate collides with another one tectonic plate is forced to go up which makes the ground shake. Some places get many earthquakes because they are on top of two tectonic plates that may collide at any time but some places like; Australia get large earthquakes because they are in the middle of one tectonic plate. In 2012 Australia had a little Earthquake that was only a little earthquake and that didn’t make much damage. China on the other hand is on top of two tectonic plates therefore gets extremely bad earthquakes which cause millions of dollars to repair.

There are not many large earthquakes a year but there are many little ones.
That is what I learned from this Btn.

100WC Week 31

Once upon a time there was a very nice family with a maid named Cinderella. Cinderella always did her chores and that was much appreciated, but one day a letter came in the mail addressed to Cinderella. Her stepsisters took the note and ripped it open before Cinderella knew she had mail. In the letter it said: “Dear Cinderella, I prince Joseph’s royal assistant invite you to our royal ball. It will be held in the royal ballroom at the palace. We are not yet sure of the date but will let you know as soon as the prince approves. To get in to the ball you must bring this letter and don’t show anyone.”

Cinderella never found out about the and never went but her sisters did and caught the attention of the prince.

My prompt was to re-write one of my favorite fairy tales – Cinderella