Monet’s Lillies

Last term, Year 6 learnt about Claude Monet and why his paintings were unique and famous. He looked at his surroundings as a bee would. Bees see UV light and Monet was colour blind in one eye. He could see UV light too. Apart from that he saw blues, greens, purples and cold colours instead of others. He expressed this in his paintings by painting what he saw in his perspective. If you look at his paintings, the paintings are painted in different colours to what they really are.

Year 6 decided to copy Claude Monet’s illustration of UV waterlillies and they had to only use cold colours. Year 6 had to use tiny brush strokes and mix the colours. Many people enjoyed this art and these are some examples of the Year 6’s version of Monet’s UV waterlillies…

ANZAC Day Service

On the 27th of April, 2015, our school had a ANZAC day service to remember the courageous soldiers who had fought for our freedom. The Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed at a beach in Turkey called Gallipoli. They fought the Turkish soldiers but unfortunately, the terrain was hilly and rocky and the enemy was above them so the Turkish had an advantage over them. This year was the centenary year after the landing at Gallipoli so it was extra special.

The band played ‘Remember the Anzacs’ as an introduction to the sombre service. There were a few speeches and flowers were laid out to remember the soldiers who fought for our country. We had a moment of silence and the trumpet played The Last Post and Reveille. The service finished with the singing of the National Anthem.



Navini Island Is Paradise

A few months ago, in January, I visited Nadi, Fiji for the third time, and stayed at a beautiful resort called Navini which I have been to many times before. At the end of my trip I asked the owner of Navini, Simone, if I could write a review on Navini, and she happily agreed with my offer! My review was posted on the internet just today and hopefully loads of tourists will see it and instantly book a stay at Navini! Here is the link:

You will have to scroll down to get to my article and hope everyone reading this will like it!

I want to thank all the wonderful teachers at Epping Heights P.S. for being so inspirational. I will always remember Epping Heights, no matter what.


Debating Workshop

In the first week back from our Easter Holidays, what better way to start it, than a fun debating workshop to help all of us improve our skills. General knowledge is a great skill to have in persuasive writing, so that was exactly where we started. Our host, an ex-student of our school, who happened to be a pro debater, posed trivial questions based on different events that occurred or are occurring around the world. It was a fun way to start the workshop, having all of us scream answers and learn in an exciting way.

Next we did a more persuasive exercise, which we called the hot-air balloon. This activity was designed to trigger more ideas and arguments on the spot. We had to pretend that we were all in a plane, that was going to crash. The aim of this game was to pretend to be a character from the past or present (eg. Shakespeare and Taylor Swift), and convince everyone else that they should have the last hot air balloon. The winner was the person who achieved in convincing everyone and survived the crash.

At the end we designed our own argument and model ideas in teams. But even if debating isn’t your thing, it helped our confidence in public speaking and improvisation skills, all in the one workshop!


Making Prisms

On Thursday, after learning about prisms, we used sticks and blu-tack to make our own mini prisms. Everyone went into pairs and each gave the other properties of a certain prism. We had to guess what the sort of prism it was using those clues. These included triangular prisms, rectangular prisms, hexagonal prisms and even octagonal prisms! It was a creative and fun lesson.




The Spaghetti Challenge

When it was the end of the first school term in our school, we celebrated the end of the first term by dressing in mufti (theme: summer splash) and also participating in other minor activities. But in Year 6, we had ‘The Spaghetti Challenge’ after lunch and all you have to do is build the tallest tower out of hard spaghetti. Your tower’s judged from it’s base and the tallest tower wins. There was no prize except for the prize of boasting to everyone of your tall spaghetti tower.

Year 6 had to use masking tape and the hard spaghetti only. The Spaghetti Challenge was very ‘challenging’ but everybody had fun competing against one another showing off their ideas of their spaghetti tower. Luckily no one took it too seriously in the end so there was no argument or fights. We had a great end to the first term.





Easter Raffle

Today after recess the Easter Ticket Raffle was drawn and there were six prizes to be won each containing heaps of chocolate. Many people who were determined to win the 1st prize (a huge basket filled with loads of chcolate) bought the Easter Raffle Tickets and this lasted for a few weeks. Around a fourth of Year Six students were chosen to sell the raffle tickets before school and at recess but even though it was tiring selling them to many many people, they probably did have lots of fun. The winners must’ve felt their money had payed off when they were called to come up to the front.

All the money goes to the Year Six gift and they can buy school equipment, technology or what ever else they would desire.

HSIE Letter To Home

Dearest Lucy,

I fear that my dream of returning home to London is comming to a close. Father comes home each day grummbling about something. Every day when I ask him about the days dighe shoots me a frosty stare and sends me away telling me to mind my own bussines and stop being a nosey parker! Ever since we left London he’s never been quite the same old dear that he used to be, blocking out anyone anyone who cares for him. Lucy, dear, don’t tell myther about this as I know it would break her heart. Life is tough here already. Don’t give me any more worries.

No matter how much you pester me I can never give you an honest answer about fathers health as I truley do not know, as for mine the only thing I suffer is loneliness. I have tryed to make friends, really O have but I donb’t have your flair for people. I promise that IU’ll keep on trying but that dosen’t mean a friendship is bound. When I write to you sister, I feel that I can truley let out my thoughts. Thank you.

When I step outside of our tent all I can see is sweaty men, working, away, children, running around, dodging the miners on the fields. I hear the loud clanks of metal andthe occasional cry for joy when I man finds gold. The putrid smell. The dry food .The hot sun beating down on my sunkissed back and my clothes are nowhere near suited for the climate. But thinking of you, mother and all the gold out there, it makes my heart leap for joy.

I’m sorry for the silence, I know I haven’t written for a while but money is a issue. With no gold I fear thatthis may be the last time I write to you. I know that reading this will make your kind heart want to do something but please, sister, I urge you not to. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Stay in London with mother, for comming out here will onlybring you great sorrow. Life for girls here is tough. Please stay.

From your dearest sister


A Child’s Diary from the 1850’s

17th May, 1855

Today was just another hard, tiring day on the Bathurst goldfields. Again, Mother expects me to do some housework like milking the cow, washing the dishes and collecting the eggs. Father often calls me to help him pan for gold. It is very fun, and my favourite part of the day, as I only get to help pan for gold once in a while so I count it as a treat. Meanwhile, housework is compulsory and happens daily. My little sister is too young to help. I hope she’ll grow up quickly so I can have some help with these chores.

Father has only found a few specks of gold. They are not enough for us to make our fortune. We need a big gold nugget. My sister cries nearly all day. She isn’t well fed and doesn’t have a comfortable bed but no one in our family has these privileges. Fortunately, we have just enough money to keep us alive but Father is running out of money fast because of the expensive monthly fee. Troopers are constantly checking miners for mining licences and I have seen many people fined or punished for not having a licence.

There are so many disadvantages of living here. The lack of food and water is bothering us all, but even when we do have some, it can be contaminated. There are lots of easily spread diseases on the goldfields so we must be careful. The smell is awful and it is getting worse and worse, smelling like urine, animal dung and rubbish.

I must get ready for another hot boring day tomorrow, so I am going to dinner now. I can smell mutton, so I guess that’s all we’re having.

Gold License

At school we have HOTS activities to do during literacy groups. These are activities that need research and imagination. We had to complete 10 of them. Mrs Cairn set us an assignment to complete 3 of these at home and the other 7 at school. I chose to make a gold digging license.

I started of creating the license on PowerPoint and this took a long time because I had to do research on the internet of what they look like. I used my own ideas and included what I had seen. I then printed this out and let the ink dry. The next morning, when Mum had tea, we saved the teabag. We squeezed all the tea out of the bag into a bowl. We got a brush and did a light coat of the tea over the gold license. We let that dry for a day. The next day Mum got a match stick and lit it. She burnt the paper on the sides to make it look like it was old and burnt a bit. It looked really cool. I gave it to Mrs Cairn and both teachers said it looked really good. I really liked making the gold license.Gold License - HOTS Part A NO.10