Excursion to the Gordon – Guest Post

This post is written by Gemma and Amy. (5/6 BV) We have blogs, so you can look at Gemma’s here and Amy’s here.

All the 5/6 classes went on an excursion to The Gordon Institute. It was great fun. On the bus there, everyone was chatting about what they would like to do when they grow up.

Once we got there, we met a lady named Sue. She took us up to the Gordon auditorium and talked to us about different courses that you can do. There were many interesting courses, and you can see them on the website here.

We played a charades type game, where you could win a Chuppa Chup, then found out about ‘The Gordon Race’!

The race was where you had to walk around the Gordon campus, and try to answer all the questions provided in a booklet. We were in groups of 2 or 3, and all we had was the questions, a basic map of the campus, a coordinates guide where it would tell you where the courses are held, and a course guide. From there, we were on our own.

Everyone was rushing around, trying to frantically to answer the questions and be the first back to the auditorium with all their answers correct.

The first question got a few people stuck, but after that everyone was working together answering all the questions. One of the questions was to go to the Fashion Lab and look for a glass cabinet and write what was inside. Hardly anyone knew where the cabinet was so I (Amy and Marie) ended up asking a teacher for the answer. There was actually nothing in there!

Once everyone was back, and my group (Gemma, Eleanor and Sophie) had got back second last, and were embarrassed as everyone was looking at us, we sat down and watched a video about the Gordon.

Then we went to Johnstone Park for first lunch and went back to school.

Watch a quick video about The Gordon that Gemma made.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.


That’s all from us,

Stay Posted, (and check out our blogs!)

Amy and Gemma

 ’Try, Try Again’ series. Part 1

From Mannya to Clairvaux – Father Nestus visits us

Father Nestus in Mannya

Father Nestus is a warm and gracious man who is an inspirational leader in his parish in Mannya. This month he spent some time in Geelong meeting people and joining in many of our Parish activities.

We were excited when he came to our school and attended a special gathering for him. He also joined in a basketball game with some students and shared stories of how we are helping to make a difference to the children of our sister school in Mannya.

Father Nestus is always grateful for even the smallest gesture, and his beautiful smile reflects his love for his people and his gratitude for our friendship and assistance for the people of Mannya.

The video shows Father Nestus at Clairvaux.


What did you write in your letter to the children of Mannya?


The Premiership Cup visits Clairvaux

As many of you know if you’ve been reading our blog, our town’s football team Geelong Cats won the Aussie Rules Football Grand Final for 2011. For winning, the team was awarded the Premiership Cup, a very prestigious trophy. It is on display most of the time at the Geelong Football Club in Kardinia Park, but this week it came to visit OUR school.

Although not everyone barracks for Geelong, it was great to see what the real Premiership Cup looks like and naturally the Geelong supporters were ‘over the moon’. Each class was able to see and touch the cup . . . . and of course Dewey had to get into the act too!

Here are some images of the Senior classes enjoying the Cup’s visit.

Thank you to the Geelong Football Club for bringing the Premiership Cup to our school.

Could YOU Save a Life?

Are you trained in CPR?

Our teachers are all fully trained in First Aid, but for the first time this year, all senior students participated in a Junior First Aid course which concentrated mainly on saving lives by performing CPR on the patient.
The participants used dummies to practise on, and found the removable mouth pieces to be a little strange at first. This of course was for hygiene reasons and they soon overcame their apprehension as they concentrated on performing CPR on their ‘patient’.

Check airways

Begin CPR







Would you know what to do if you found someone unconscious and not breathing? 

What if you were the only one around? Would you be able to possibly save the person’s life?

There have been a number of instances where young children have performed CPR successfully after learning about it at school.

For example . . .
After seeing CPR performed in a movie, a boy as young as 9 once saved his young sister who fell in the pool and stopped breathing.

What to do in an Emergency

  1. Check if the patient is breathing.
  2. Call for help – In Australia call 000 or 112 for an ambulance.
  3. Clear the airways.
  4. If still not breathing, begin CPR. Continue to give 30 chest compressions and two breaths until help arrives.

VIDEO – Watch Clairvaux students learn how to perform CPR.

Click on the Resuscitation chart to view a larger version. (St John Resuscitation Chart)

Books vs e-books

Have you read a good book lately?

While I was on holiday, I read one of those types of books you just can’t put down. You know the sort I mean! It was called ‘Let me Whisper you my Story’ by Moya Simons. It was written through the eyes of Rachel, a Jewish girl living in Germany during the war. When the Nazis came to take the family away, her father told her to hide under the sink and remain absolutely silent on order to save her life. You can read more about the book if you visit our Book Bytes page, and the book is also available at our Library.

One of the first things I pack when I go on holiday is a book to read. It seems like people all around the world think the same way.  You see people of all ages reading on buses, trains and planes, at the airport, by the pool, on the beach  . . . almost anywhere.

Of course the style of a book has somewhat changed. Most popular by far, is still the regular bound paperback, but electronic books which you read using an e-book reader such as the Kindle and the iPad, are certainly appearing more often.

What is an e-book?

An e-book is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by using a computer or iPad, or by using an e-book reader eg Kindle.

iPad and Kindle

So, what is the advantage of an e-book?

One advantage is space. Would you prefer to pack 5 books in your suitcase, or 1 Kindle with 5 books already downloaded?

Are there any disadvantages?

There are drawbacks, such as needing to spend quite a bit of money to purchase the electronic reader first; and not being able to see, feel and browse the copy before buying.

To read more about the advantages and disadvantages, click here.

Which way do you prefer to read stories?

Regular printed book?      OR        Electronic-book?

This topic would make a great debate.This term we are working on debates, so why not choose this subject to debate your ideas.

Start by registering your vote on this poll.

Next time I pack my heavy case to go on holiday, I might give it some more thought.

Aloha Clairvaux

In Hawaii people greet each other by saying ‘Aloha’ which means ‘hello’ or ‘good-bye’.

So ‘Aloha’ from me (Mrs N) from beautiful Hawaii.

I guess you’re back at school now, excited to see all your friends and to exchange stories about the holidays. I hope you all had a great time whether you stayed at home or went on a holiday somewhere.

Welcome back to Mrs Van der Burg who’s been on a very big holiday overseas. I’m sure you have lots of stories and photos to share.

Holidays are a great way to learn about different places whether in Australia or overseas. There are so many places to explore, and I’m lucky to be able to explore Hawaii while visiting family.

How much you know about Hawaii?  Here are a few facts.

DID YOU KNOW . . . . ?

  • There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. (Vowels: A, E, I, O, U and Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W)
  • Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, the Big Island and Niihau (a private island)
  • Hawaii is the 50th state of the USA.
  • Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.
  • ‘HI’ is the abbreviation for Hawaii.
  • HONOLULU is the capital of Hawaii.
  • President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Waikiki attracts 72,000 visitors on any given day.
  • Hawaii has its very own time zone.
  • The attack on Pearl Harbour, in Honolulu, took place in 1941.
  • “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” the longest Hawaiian word means Wedge-Tail Triggerfish.
  • The Hawaiians fly two flags – the American stars and stripes and the Hawaiian state flag, which like ours, has the Union Jack in the top left corner.
  • Hawaiians walk and drive on the right hand side of the road or footpath (I know because I keep bumping into them – it should be the left!)
Here are some photos I took on my holiday.


Please leave a comment telling me what you did on your vacation


Tell me what you have been doing at school this week.



Clairvaux’s got Talent

A very popular event each year at Clairvaux is a talent quest organised by our Student Council.  Anyone from Year 3 – 6 can enter and it is fun to see children preparing and practising their items in all corners of the school to present to the huge audience  who turn up to watch and support their friends.

And, there is no shortage of amazing talent! There are comedians telling jokes, magicians performing tricks, ballet dancers dancing ‘pointe’, boy groups doing ‘shuffle’ dancing, dance groups doing amazing routines with splits and one-armed cartwheels, solo singers with beautiful voices presenting pop songs or even their own original composition, skip dancers, song and dance routines and even a masked mime artist who wowed the crowd with his silent act.

Mr Madden introduced the acts and as you can imagine, the judges found it very difficult to score the acts as they were all so entertaining and well rehearsed. There were some very close scores.

You can re-live the memories of some of those acts by watching the video below.  (unfortunately we did not have photos of all acts, so our apologies to those wonderful acts who are not included this time)


Footy Colours Day


We celebrated the last day of Term 3 with a School Footy colours day. This meant that everyone could dress in their favourite football team’s colours – Australian Rules Football, Rugby League or Soccer. For a gold coin donation which raised money for Catholic Care Family Services and the Don Bird Foundation, we donned our jumpers, hats, scarves and footy socks, tattoos and a little face-paint and had a lot of fun.

Of course, since we live in Geelong, the home of the Geelong Cats Football team, there was lots of blue and white around and many “Go Cats!” chants heard across the school. There was also lots of friendly heckling and the Collingwood army tried to upset the loyal Cats supporters in their home territory.

All of this provided a build up for the AFL Grand Final held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday the 1st October when the two top teams play off for the trophy. Australians LOVE their Footy so if they can’t get a ticket for the game you can bet they’ll be having a ‘barbie’ and sitting around the ‘telly’ with their eyes glued to the set.

This year Geelong and Collingwood are competing for the top position. Who will win the Grand Final? All will be revealed if you watch the movie below.

  Footy Colours Day on PhotoPeach

If you guessed that GEELONG won then you were correct!

Picture from Geelong Advertiser

Premiers 2011

Photo by Geelong Advertiser

And if you feel like singing along with the Club song, then here it is .  .  .

Geelong Football Club Theme

We are Geelong, the greatest team of all
We are Geelong; we’re always on the ball
We play the game as it should be played
At home or far away
Our banners fly high, from dawn to dark
Down at Kardinia Park

Of course if you are a Magpies supporter you may not want to join in the song, however you should be very proud of your team for being great competitors and playing the Grand Final in the true spirit of the game. Well done to both teams – it was a great game!

The Gazebo

Gazebo Maths Investigation

Our Maths Investigation task this term was to make a Gazebo to scale.

We first had to learn how to calculate perimeter, find the area of rectangles and triangles, do lots of measuring, use calculators and sketch 3-D objects from different views. Then we converted the original measurements of the gazebo to our chosen scale.

Finally we were ready to make our own gazebo. Our design brief allowed us to be creative as long as we measured to scale. And so we set to work to design and create gazebos for the garden, weddings, BBQ, outside room etc.

We were excited to find out that a mystery judge (Sarah) would arrive to interview us and judge our efforts, so we worked hard to impress her.

(As you’ll see, not everything went quite to plan, but there were lots of great mathematical discussions.)

Here are some of our results.

Have you ever designed and made anything to scale?

How did you work your scale out?

Fun with Poetry

What is


Definition: Poetry is  imaginatively describing an experience through rhyme and/or rhythmic language so as to awaken an emotional response.
(If that’s a bit wordy, maybe this might help)

There are many different types of poems . . .

Well, Mrs N is not a very good poet but it’s fun to try.

During our Writing sessions, the Year 5\6 students have been exploring various types of poetry and imagery and have enjoyed writing some of their own poems.

Several of these poems are included in a book we created in Toondoo. The book is is called ‘Fun with Poetry’.

Here’s another way you can express your poetry.

This is a Storybird (as mentioned in our last blog post) created by Charlotte. She has written a beautiful poem to pictures called ‘What I get up to when you’re not around…’

 What I get up to when you’re not around… on Storybird

Here’s a little challenge

for you this time.

When you  leave a comment

         Try to make it rhyme.


During their Writing time recently, some students from 5\6 TV tried a literacy web tool called Storybird.


Storybird works by providing a range of beautiful and inspiring pictures that children can select and arrange as they write a story about them. Putting the pictures and their story together creates an illustrated story book which can be embedded on a blog for all to see.

Here are two stories written by students in 5\6 TV for you to enjoy.

The first story by Jackson, ‘The Very Angry Shark’, is about Barry who is angry because the penguins have stolen his much loved owner, Sally. So with a little help from his friends, he sets out to save her.

 The Very Angry Shark on Storybird


The second story by Bilel and Harvey, tells of Danny and his nemesis Jumbo, challenging each other to a skateboarding contest.

*  (Nemesis means ‘an opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome’.)

Danny’s Amazing Comeback. on Storybird

And finally, here’s a story from Charlotte (5\6 SC) about Miles the Leopard who was a vegetarian and not quite your ‘average’ type of leopard.

Miles the Leopard on Storybird

What do you think of this story writing tool?

What ideas would you like to write about?


One of my favourite Web 2.0 tools for some time has been GoAnimate.

On this site you can create your own animated movies with a variety of characters using expressions, talking or actions, yet without drawing a thing.

You can sign up for your own account for free, or have more choices by paying a small subscription. I have created a private Goanimate for schools account for Clairvaux students only.

You can join by asking me for a username and password and then join in the fun.

Like many things, when you first begin you should experiment and explore. When you become more experienced, you may think of lots of ways to use GoAnimate in the classroom. (See how we used a GoAnimate movie on our blog to teach people about Copyright.)

 Go to ‘The Copyright Kid’ on our blog Copyright page to see how Tommy learns about Copyright.

The Blog group are creating scripts and working on some great little animations for their blogs.
Here’s one by Georgia (5\6 JC) showing 2 iphones talking about apps to each other. They end up fighting about who won in ‘Fruit Ninja’.

GoAnimate.com: The iphone app fight by Georgia

 Finally, here’s one I made about two stick figures trying to find the right scene in their movie.

GoAnimate.com: Boring! by pamn

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

We would love some suggestions of how you could use GoAnimate in your classroom.

Please leave your suggestions in the Comments box.

Our Book Week Celebration


Those who attended the Clairvaux Book Week Celebration recently were treated to a wonderful display of literature and multi-culturism combined with music, colour and enthusiasm.

The theme was ‘One World, Many Stories’ and the performance began with Mother Superior and her Sisters taking off for Rome to enter the ‘Roma Grande Pizza Eating Competition’ for Sisters of the World.

However, on the journey their very wayward aeroplane (we won’t mention the airline company) diverted to several countries where they were treated to some great entertainment by the locals. In Year 1\2 there were lots of Hairy Maclarys and a sheep or two from New Zealand and a tuneful singing and dancing group of Ugandan children and their teachers.

Then to America, home of the famous storyteller Dr Seuss and the amazing Year 3\4 Diffendoofer classroom where the teachers taught some wild and wacky subjects and the children celebrated creativity and originality.

A shark swam past to say ‘Aloha’ in Hawaii, but the Preps sang and swayed to the hula in their grass skirts and stomped to the fire dance to entertain us there.

At Federation Square, a place of celebration for many cultures, the Year 5\6 students presented a spectacular display of dances from Vietnam, Greece, Ethiopia, Ireland and China highlighted by a beautiful LED light display. The Chinese Dragon looked almost as impressive as the Millenium Dragon! (Did anyone notice the two Irish Riverdancers who looked suspiciously familiar?)

FINALLY the plane arrived in Rome for the Pizza Eating Competition! But who was this? What was the brilliant Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti doing singing about pizzas and Gorgonzola? When finally the Pizza eating event got under way, the pizzas were very large but appetising, and the competition was fierce, with ‘dainty’ Sister Agatha (also known as Mr Flint) taking 1st prize.

The final song and dance ‘I will Follow Him’ got everyone’s feet tapping, as we all celebrated the end of Book Week for 2011. Another great day!

Thank you to all the students and teachers for preparing such entertaining items, the parents for their support and to Mrs H and the choir for their wonderful contribution.

Enjoy our movie.



Book Week Star Groups

Book Week started with our Star group Literature and Art activities.

We were all excited to meet again with our ‘family’ groups. Our teachers chose a book from the 2011 shortlist to read to us and then each group participated in a related art activity.

There were lots of tall men and babies, peas in pods, ponies, seahorses, puppets, knitting, pictures and much, much more which we displayed around the school.

It was great to see parents enjoying the activities with their children – Watch the movie and see one Dad doing a great job at knitting!

Vote for your Favourite Book

Do you have a favourite Book Week

shortlisted book?

Vote here for the story you enjoyed most and we will see which was the most popular choice of our blog readers.







Can you answer this question about one of the books?

What were the names of the Tall Man’s babies?

Be the first to email Mrs N and you could win a small prize.

[email protected]

 For the next week I will add a new question each day to the 

‘Book Week’ page.





Translated, that means . . .

Wow, what a day we had on Tuesday! Our class went to Chinatown on a multi-cultural excursion, which was so much fun!

If you try    you can translate English into Chinese like we have. It’s simple – click on the link and try it. Type in your message in English and translate it to Chinese . . . who said learning Chinese was hard!

Now, about our excursion . . .  (現在,我們的遊覽。。。)

Firstly we had to travel on the bus to get there, which took about an hour and a half. Most of us chatted the entire way about different things.

Once we finally got to Chinatown, we went to the Chinese Musem, which


was really fun, except for the stairs. (5 storeys high) :) Our tour guides walked us through many different aspects of Chinese culture, and also migration. We went into a simulated boat- like room which was the same as if we were on a small boat coming to Australia from China. It was so small, and the rocking felt so real! It was very squashy.

When we got off the boat all around us were scenes of the goldrushes with shops and tents and people panning for gold.



 Millenium Dragon

Then we saw the Millenium Dragon, one of the biggest in the world.  The dragon’s head alone weighs approximately 200kg and requires 8 people to carry it. It takes about 45 people to hold it and it was really pretty. We got a class photo and then we moved upstairs. 

 Did you know that the dragon is China’s national symbol?

 Upstairs were  displays about the culture and history of China. We learnt about:

  • Binding feet – which is where the arches of your feet got broken and all the toes except for the big one were bent underneath the foot (luckily it stopped in the early 20th century.)
  • Chinese weddings – They would go for 12 days long, full of dresses that the bride had made . . .  and
  • Chinese medical herbs – they smelt delicious.

After we had finished looking around the museum, we went in to the actual Chinatown! It was amazing, and everything made you feel like you were in China.


My supervisor bought paper lanterns for myself and the others in my group. They were very pretty, and there were so many to choose from!

Once we had walked around Chinatown and all it had to see, we had to go back to school :( . I had a great day, and would just like to say if it weren’t for the teachers and parents who came, we wouldn’t have been able to go, so a big thankyou to all the staff for organising it, and the parents for coming to supervise us.

Written by Gemma (芽)

Now enjoy the great movie of Chinatown that Gemma has also made for us to watch.




Do you know in which two annual Melbourne festivals the Millennium Dragon parades?  

Queen Victoria Market

How have our variety of

cultures enriched Australia?

To find out, each class went to a different location in Melbourne. Our class, 5/6 JF went to the Queen Victoria Market to observe a wider range of food and market goods than what we would in our local supermarket.

Firstly we went into the meat section where we all got a waft of freshly cut meat and some of us got to smack and punch a hanging pig leg.

Next we went to the fruit and veg section. There was a big variety of fresh fruit and vegies, most of them from different countries so we didn’t know what they were. Some stall keepers were really nice and even told us what they were and let us have a taste test.

Then we saw an African meat and cheese store  called Tribal Tastes.  There were bowling ball sized ostrich eggs and the colour was a creamy white sort of colour. But we really felt like we were in heaven when we saw the chocolate stores and the lollies.  All the food looked so good we wanted to stop and eat it.

Finally we went to the clothes and toy section of the market. We all saw an aboriginal store ‘Koorie Connections’ displaying some didgeridoos.  A man played some sounds like a truck driver, a howling sound and lots more. Mr Flint found a pet shop where we saw the cutest dog in the world and some birds and fish. To finish our day Mr Flint bought a Spanish donut for each of us.

We helped our teacher choose some fresh supplies and the next day we made some tasty burritos with all the food we had bought.

Written by Ben and Ben H

Queen Victoria Market

Slideshow created by Jenna

Have you been to the Queen Victoria Market?

Which section did you find the most interesting? Why?

Want to see more?

You can watch the official Market video here. 

Our Visit to Federation Square and Birrarung Marr

Recently our Senior Learning Community went on an excursion to Melbourne. Each class had a different destination and our class went to Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

The purpose of the excursion was for our Inquiry topic ~

How has multiculturalism influenced our Australian community?

Birrarung Marr is a park on the north bank of the Yarra River next to Federation Square. Its name comes from the language of the Wurundjeri people who originally inhabited this area.  ’Birrarung’ means ‘river of mists’ and ‘Marr’ refers to the side of the river. 


Federation Square hosts many multi-cultural celebrations and events where people come together to share their culture, traditions, food and language. It also has restaurants, shops and exhibitions and has become a great meeting place for the people of Melbourne. Check out this year’s Multicultural Festival dates.

We travelled by bus, and when we arrived we had a quick snack break, then a tour of Federation Square and the ‘Art of the Brick’ Lego exhibition. We learnt that Federation Square was built over train lines that are now running underneath it.






To conclude the day, we had lunch, a play on the playground, then a ‘fun’ scavenger hunt around Birrarung Marr. We got back to school just on time, and everyone looked really tired and worn out. It was a great day for all.

Written by Hannah and Claudia. 5/6TV

 Did you know?

For further triangle activities or more information about the history of Federation Square, follow this link.

History of Federation Square

For a live view of Fed Square, click on the camera lens.

Want to know more?
This is a great place to visit, but if you can’t get there you can follow the links provided.
Ask a question or write a comment and someone from 5/6 TV will answer you.

Visiting A Buddhist Temple


For our multicultural inquiry investigation,  5/6 SC visited a Buddhist Temple in Melbourne.

Quang Minh Temple is a centre for the Vietnamese Buddhist community in Victoria.  The Temple is situated about twelve kilometres west of Melbourne’s CBD, overlooking the Maribyrnong River. We had an instructor named Phuoc Tan who guided us around the Temple.

After some meditating, we were invited to see some people perform Kung Fu. We were very lucky to see them because they were world champions. They showed us some routines and back flips.

But best of all we got to have a vegetarian lunch which included spring rolls, noodles with tofu and fried rice. If we wanted, we could even have hot tea and oranges.

After the delicious meal we decided to go and see the big, white Buddha on the hill.  It was a dream come true to have the experience to see the Buddhist Temple.

Written by Julia and Casey





Mrs Crowhurst created a wallwisher for students to reflect on the question below.

Click on the question or the picture to see what they said.

How do we in Australia benefit from refugees and immigrants?


Watch our video to see photos of our exciting day.                                       

Like to find out more?

Ask someone from 5/6 SC . . . or

Research more about this topic in your Inquiry unit.