Poetry About Endangered Animals

The Loggerhead Turtle swims about,
Happily around, without a doubt.
But now they’re running,
Because their pray are cunning.

On the jungle ground,
Jaguars run around.
Only until they come,
Then their life is done.

The Monarch Butterfly flies around,
Wings flapping without a sound.
But when an animal squashes it,
The innocent butterfly is lit.

A south China Tiger prowls on the land,
Couples together, hand in hand.
But when they’re separated,
They’re hearts are confiscated.

These poems were inspired from the Zoo mobile competition, you have to write a creative story about your favourite endangered animal. Then, send it to the email address on this website. http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/07/08/4269615.htm?site=sydney&section=competitions

Year 6 EHPS vs ENPS-Debate

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ENPS with their speeches
Karishma’s Specch
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Beth’s Speech
The Debaters
Sameer, Calvin, Josie K, Karishma and Beth
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Josie K’s Speech

Today our debaters Sameer, Calvin , Josie K , Karishma and Beth did a debate with Epping North Public. Their topic was that homework should be banned for primary students. Team EHPS was the Affirmative team and Team ENPS was the Negative team. It was a pretty close debate but EHPS won the debate. Good work Debaters!

Sydney’s Writers Festival

Today was the last day for the SWF (Sydney’s Writers Festival). I met Andy Griffiths, Oliver Phommavanh and Anna and Barbara Fienberg ( the authors of Tashi believe it or not, their mother and daughter).
I think its great to give children a chance to meet their favourite author, although most children’s authors aren’t Australian (Pamela Allen and Dr Seuss). I couldn’t upload Andy Griffiths for some reason. I got Oliver’s autograph though!


Photos by my dad


For an assignment, Year 6 had to do an explanation on how volcanoes work. We had done a few explanations in class so everybody knew how to write them. I researched for a couple of days on volcanoes but only for a day as we had learnt a lot about them at school. I decided to complete my explanation in a different way, I used a website called Prezi which makes presentations more interesting. This the link to my Prezi!! Hope you enjoy it.

More Debating

I absolutely love debating. I’m sure at least some of you out there reading this post will think that too. Well a lot of you. A few days ago we had 4 practise debates, allowing 12 students try out to be in our NSW Premier Debating Rounds. We had topics about sport, education, children and social media.

Three reasons to love debating:

Getting to work with other people,

Sharing and comparing your ideas,

And most of all….. Having fun!

One main reason to not like debating:

1 hour preparation time- It can be stressful!

But I believe that we all gave it our best shot and had heaps of fun learning experiences. We all developed a fantastic and convincing speech in our last debate with all that practise. We were all confident and presented our speeches as a team, with lots of enthusiasm! Well done and good luck!


Hot Air Balloons

Hot air balloons were around in the 1700s. The first hot air balloon ever was built in France, 1783. The first passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. People back then were afraid of heights.

Eventually, in August, the first human passengers boarded the hot air balloon in France, the same location where the first balloon was built.

In 1809, a balloonist named Blanchard crossed the English Channel successfully. Unfortunately, he died because of a balloon accident and crash-landed somewhere near France.

Forty years later, Austria had a use of the hot air balloon: aerial bombing. They were defending Venice from German attack.

Hot air balloons have an ‘envelope’ and a ‘gondola’. The envelope expands thanks to a burner under the the hole and above the gondola. Hot air expands in the envelope. Hot air is lighter than cold air, so it takes up a lot of space. When the envelope rises, it pulls the gondola with it.

By Matthew C

Photo by Adam Sparks on Flickr

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!


Rose’s Diary Entry-By Erin

22nd April, 1855-Grandmama’s Birthday

Dear Diary,

Life in the goldfields is rotten! Work, work,work is all we do now. Ma and Papa and Tony are working from 6 o’clock in the morning until 7 at night, but today we will stop work and celebrate Grandmama’s birthday! Damper and mutton tastes horribly poor now, as we eat it nearly every day, but today we will have mutton with onions and gravy!

School is fine but poor Xing Chang has moved back to China with her family, unsuccessful in the goldfields. A drought has started to come now and water is scarce so we have stockpiled our food and water, hoping for the best.

My family are still unsuccessful in The Gold Rush, but I’m sure we will find our fortunes. When we do, we will go back to Canada and see Grandmama Gail and Aunty Sally again but for now we are prisoners in the goldfields…

Life on the goldfields as a child – Josie

To dear my beloved Grandmama,

Life has been such a struggle lately, I’m only 12 years old and I feel as stressed as a middle aged woman. Mama and Papa have been making me dig and cradle all day long, it’s the only way we can afford to survive here. Mama sad that once we had scraped up enough money to be able to come to the goldfields, we would spend no more then two weeks there and come back home with enough gold to be millionaires. It has now been a month and all we have found is a speck of gold, which is barely enough to buy a nice necklace Grandmama! I have gotten barely enough sleep the entire time we’ve been here, thats understandable through considering I sleep on a dirty old rag and all i can ever hear is the crashing and banging of miners furiously searching for gold. I’m not sure how much more of this I can take Grandmama, I have cried everyday we have been here when Mama and Papa aren’t around. I miss everyone at home so much and I feel like you’re the only person I can express my feelings to, I don’t want Mama and Papa to find out how i really feel because I know that will only make them feel terrible. I know that my parents are trying hard to make me happy but all I want is to be back at home in our small cottage, I don’t care if we’re rich or not I just want my old life back. I miss and love you so unbelievably much Grandmama and I really hope that Mama and Papa will decide to come back home soon because all I want to do is see you in person and give you a great big hug.

Lots of love, your favourite granddaughter Clarice xxx