Monthly Archives: November 2016

Valedictorian Speech

Good evening and welcome to all families, teachers and year 6 graduates.

I’m just going to point out how amazing it has been for the last 7 years! There have a lot of laughs, and a lot of events, as well as sad farewells and happy arrivals. But to sum up the 7 years that this graduating class has had, all we can say is wow. From the nerve-racking first day to become leaders of our school, well let’s say we all had our moments.

Which is why we need to thank all the teachers we ever had, from the prep teachers Nicole and Leigh, the 1/2, 3/4, and last but not least 5/6’s. Also anyone that has helped us along the way, from other teachers, principals, the fabulous ladies in the office and even when the parents came in to help us. Thank you.

No matter what, the class of 2016 are unstoppable, and will be for the next 6 years of their high school careers.

Tonight, every student here is celebrating their time at Moonee Ponds Primary School.  I know, with many of my fellow graduates, that I will always look back on this school and smile. There have been many laughs and grins, and many memories we will never forget. The things we were taught might not seemed that big of a deal now, but has given us a big step forward. We will learn new things and make new friends, with experiences in the future we can’t even imagine. But Moonee Ponds Primary has prepared us for these moments, and we thank you. I, and all my fellow graduates, will cherish the moments we had at this school, and acknowledge how great our time here has been.

Let’s just start off with all of the memories this grade has had, from the exciting experiences, to the hilarious memories that we will never forget. There were the major memories like times at camp, from the dinosaur song sung by the angelic voices of Lucca and Thomas, to the Donald Trump song this year at MPPS has talent. There was the year 2 sleepover, which was just a laugh in itself.  And finally, our biannual concerts, which never fails to put a smile on our parents’ faces.

But there were times where these moments weren’t expected, like the massive storm at Camp Curumbene where almost everyone got soaked! As well as the times were little things happened on a normal school day, but they were still as funny and as important as the big memories. Like how everyday at least once Sammy will enlighten everyone with one of his jokes or impressions. Some memories are even from the past, like the joyful and frightening rat song. These memories, past present, original and creative, planned out or surprising, will be with us all throughout our lives. And these moments make up our experience at Moonee Ponds Primary School. Everyone has a memory of this school they can take with them, from big events to just hanging out with friends, we all have something to remember this school by.

Now on to the students, well just look at them right now. All of them have they own talent, and we all got to see them shine at our time here. Everyone got there moments, from Anatolia and Meliss beautiful singing at camp, which connects to Lara killing it when she sung “Don’t let me Down” this year. Every time chess awards are presented at assembly …. You will always see Alicia, Flynn, Anton and Griffin going up to collect their prize, as well as many other kids. You have the classics, like Sasha’s contagious laugh which makes you automatically smile, to Ben and his unique puns. Zoe and how her amazing writing skill got her work published in a book! Everyone here is so smart and talented, and the list just keeps going on and on.

 

Tonight we have discussed how amazing our time here has been, but we haven’t discussed the next 6 years of our lives. I admit, it will be very hard to leave such a journey and rewarding adventure, but we must move on. First day of high school will be scary, and for some a bit of a struggle. But as Mandy Hale said “Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing. Progress is impossible without change, and we can’t always live in the past.” So tonight, we say goodbye to Moonee ponds with tears, laughs and smiles as we prepare ourselves for a hectic next 6 years. So tonight, let’s not think of this event closing an end of a road. Think of it just beginning, with new friends and a fresh start right around the corner. So the road hasn’t been closed yet, it will still be there for the next 6 years until we graduate. Let the fun times begin!

 

So tonight, we say goodbye to the school we have been at for 7 whole years. We will leave behind all we have experienced of primary school, and will step into a whole new world of high school. But we are not just leaving Moonee Ponds Primary School, we are leaving with memories we will never forget, friends we will be with for life and knowledge and preparation for the years to come. We are leaving with joy, laughter, pride and honour, and will be continuing the years of our lives with these values as Moonee Ponds has taught us. This class of 2016 are a very special class, and all we will remember when we look back on this, is think what an amazing grade we were.

 

So thank you to all families sitting here tonight, for letting all of us grow to become the people we have become. Thank you for being proud of us, and helping us every step of the way. Thank you to Moonee Ponds Primary School for being the best school anybody has come across. And thank you to all yr 6’s tonight, for making this 7 long years a bit more enjoyable.

 

 

Before I go, I’ll leave you with a quote from the one of a kind, Dr Seuss.

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!”

 

Thank you.

BTN Humans In Space

Here’s the video: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4204568.htm

Blue: Facts

Red: Insights

Green: Questions

 

School holidays are coming up, and thank god it’s going to be hot. Swimming pools, hanging out with friends, water fights. How much better can school holidays get? But many years ago, something really important happened in the school holidays. The first person was sent into space! So go celebrate this, this article will be about the biggest events in our history about space.

When we look up at the sky with millions of stars, what we are really seeing is a whole universe of planets, asteroids, moons and suns. But these things were so far away from mankind, that we couldn’t really explore them. But on April 12, 1961 we started. Yuri Gagarin was a Russian cosmonaut flying in the Vostok 1, and he became the first person to make it into space. And this remarkable trip, helped change everything.

Space is a very hostile place. No air too breathe, the temperature is freezing cold, and doesn’t sound like the most enjoyable place. But for countries like the U.S and Russia, well they wanted to know everything about space.  An insight I have is I understand how they want to find out more. They get introduced to something no one knows that much about, you would want to learn more about it.

In fact, the president of the United States stated:

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy but because they are hard.”

So saying this, massive amounts of research and money went into creating a rocket called Apollo 11.  And when it landed on the moon on 20th July 1969, it became the first rocket to be on the moon.  Therefore, the two astronomers on this rocket ship became the first men to land/walk/float on the moon.  These 2 astronomers were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who happened to be from America. Neil Armstrong stated:

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.

And he was completely true.

But then even bigger things happened.

In the 1970’s, the U.S.A set up Skylab, the first space station that let people live in space! In 1981, the launch of the space rocket Columbia started the beginning of reusable space craft. And they built the giant structure so big, that is was seen from Earth!

And guess what, there’s an international space station that people have been living there from the year 2000. The people there can answer questions you might have about space. A question I have is how did they collect all of this information? The knowledge gained from space missions and space stations can help other missions, like how satellites are orbiting the earth in their hundreds. And these satellites are still giving TV signals, phones and the internet all around the world.

 

But there are also downfalls to these incredible events, like how much it costs for human spaceflight, and to build and launch spaceships. It can cost billions, so most big projects now use unmanned satellites and advanced robots.

 

Now you might think that we know EVERYTHING about space, but the truth is we have a lot to learn about our universe.  Recently sending people has been helping us find out more about space, and its gone to the point where some companies have set up space tourism programs to take people beyond Earth’s atmosphere, just for the experience! Here’s an example of this, and it’s a true add:

“Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world’s first commercial space line and if you’ve ever dreamt of joining the incredible group of pioneering astronauts your opportunity has arrived.”

 

But this isn’t the only add out there who wants people to join them to go to space, there’s way more. In fact, there’s a project right now that wants to send people to mars to create a reality tv show. This cast will be going to stay and live on mars, and it’s a one way ticket only. A question I have is what type of people are they looking for to be in this project?

 

So if all of this happens, we would have proven that we have the technology to send people to our space. But we could also prove we have the technology to travel further. So, while were getting ready to celebrate sending huge amounts of people into space, the future of exploring space is still very interesting and exciting.

Space reflection 3

Blue: Facts

Red: Understanding

Green: Questions

This article is about the SpaceX project and how they want to send humans to mars. The first thing you need to know is, well you might be living on mars in the next 40- 100 years. In fact, Elon Musk (the owner of SpaceX) wants to have the first rocket to mars by 2024! That means that they want the first rocket to go in 8 years! As amazing/terrifying as it sounds, Elon has stated that the crew on this rocket will have to expect a high chance of dying. Though this may not affect as many people as you think, since a lot of people have come and listen to his speech on colonizing mars.

 

He has explained about the ships he’s planning to use, and he’ll need to build them as well. First step, a spaceship with 450 tons of cargo. It needs to carry up to more than 100 people at once. Next step, launch it into earth’s orbit. For this to happen, he plans on having a massive booster that will be powering the ship on its journey. But it sure will need to be powerful, for the spaceship (by the sound of it) is going to be massive! It is so big that it’s larger than NASA’s Saturn V rocket! To power something this huge, you need 42 raptors. And how to power these raptors, well how about some methane? I think this is an amazing idea because methane is really bad for the environment and isn’t really helping us. And if we can use it to help us get somewhere important and not destroy our oxygen, that would be terrific! So these boosters will then shoot this spacecraft out into Earth’s orbit, but the next step might confuse you. They want the spaceship come back down and land on the launch pad. This is because of the crucial next step, they refill the petrol (with the second fuel capsule they have) and send it back up again! The last step is very simple, with the leftover petrol they had (the first time around) and the new petrol, they will fly to mars.

 

The rocket would be powered by 42 raptor engines, space X did their first test of the engine and this engine actually runs on methane. When the rocket goes into space the 2nd part of it will detach and float down to earth in the original position then when it’s in the position another top part of the space ship is connected to the bottom and then sent into space again and so on. I now understand that astronomers are working really hard to try and get our future of space exploration to be understandable and to one day send astronauts and other people into space and to mars.

 

Elon Musk is in charge of this project, he’s the CEO of this company. And as he has stated, his main goal (all he really wants in this) is to colonize Mars. Of course they will be some minor problems, like how all the resources we need (which Mars has them) are deep underground and might need some mining to get them. A question I have is how they are going to get these materials they need in time? And will the food, water, everything/anything be difference? What will be and how? Also, SpaceX wants to transform Mars to look like Earth, exactly. So they are planning to give this planet a makeover by launching thermos nuclear weapons at it.

 

A few extra questions I had were:

  1. What type of laws will be made on mars and what will they be based on?
  2. What kind of government will be formed on mars? Will it be the same as now, the same/different people, or a completely different system? What system, why and how?
  3. What will kids or even adults do in their free time to keep them busy (more based at kids)?

Space Food Video Reflection

This is the video:

http://antsclass.global2.vic.edu.au/2016/10/31/space-homework/

Blue: Facts

Red: Understandings

Green: Questions

 

This video was about how astronomers eat food in space. Surprisingly enough, there is a lot of different options that you can eat in space, though the meals are a bit different to what we have on Earth.

First of all, they try to make the food very small so it’s less expensive (since space food is very expensive). Secondly, there is a lot of canned/packaged food, and they’re very simple to make (they come in canned/packaged/boxes so its stops them from floating around). They get boxes full of food, labelled which foods are which. The food is shared with everyone (of course) and any of the bonus food they get have to be approved (so there isn’t any microbial contamination that might cause health problems). Thirdly sometimes they have to eat their food with a straw, as well as they have to drink with a straw. Lastly, they even get some food already prepared for them, but the water they drink is just like ours on Earth (except they drink it out of a slip rather than a drink bottle and there’s flavours). But something very important about these meals are they have to be/are high in protein.

 

This is because when an astronomer is in space, they can be affected (since they’re in a weightless environment) in their bones and organs. But the most important part of your body (that they think) that can be affected is the muscles in your bones. That’s why astronomers’ food is filled with protein, so their body doesn’t get too affected.

 

Another priority about space food that you need to have is rations. As you already know, the food comes in packages/boxes and there labelled which one is which .But the labels also show what is rational and what can be consumed at how much. The red sticker stands for rational and the blue sticker shows that it can consumed however you like.

 

The last thing about space food is that astronomers do not waste any food in space (since it’s so expensive). But when the astronomers are finished with the food, they put the wrapper into a bag and repeat with other finished food until it’s full. Then they throw it out into space so it burns into the earth’s atmosphere.

 

An understanding I know have is how important and specific the food in space is, and how everything has to be approved.

2 questions I have are:

  1.  Did astronomers have a say/thought of the type of food they have in space?
  2.  How much food is sent up to space (and is it all used) as well as how much nutrition is in it?