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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:

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:

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?

BTN Working in Defence

Here’s the link to the BTN video:

Blue: Facts

Red: Understandings

Green: Questions


This week, the defence force of the army have let a bunch of students experience the life of an army, navy or air force officer. This work experience program goes for 4 days and it gives interested students a bit of a run down on life in the Army, Air Force and Navy.  The army is doing this so they can try to get more adults to choose a career in defence. Now, this article is about what this particular group of adults did, and whether they enjoying it or not;


Day 1:

This brave group of adults started off looking at life in the army (military).They first had to learn camouflage techniques, then they had to camouflage themselves. If that’s not enough for some beginners, they had to camouflage a whole jeep! Then they went to a computer simulation, and had to do some target practice with pretend guns.



Day 2:

Day 2 was the Air force, and that meant flying in a C-17 Globemaster aircraft. This was a new learning experience for everyone, so all of the students got to take pictures, check out the cockpit and just explore the plane. This plane is an Air force plane, so it’s a lot bigger, noisier and has a lot more thrust than a normal plane. But all of the students said that they loved it (especially the view), and all of them got to see 2 pilots in action. The pilots were just about to land, and they saw them planning how they’re going to land (they were also talking about the weather conditions and how it could affect them).


Day 3 and 4:

Day 3 and 4 were about the Navy, and they went on the HMAS Adelaide. The lucky students got to board the huge ship, and they were super lucky to be able to stay the night. Most students enjoyed this part of the program, stating it gave them all more insight on what the navy is truly like. Also they met really cool people and apparently the food was good, so a big thumbs up!



Overall, all of these students said this was a great experience. We would defiantly hope so, since they all had to enrol for this amazing program. This is because it was created to show young Australians that are interested in joining the military what it’s really about. Students remarked that it was all really fun to learn about the areas, and they all had good impressions. They all learnt a lot of knowledge, and hopefully these kids reaction will give us a few more people in the defence team. After all, the defence force hopes this program will get people more engaged in working at this area, they also hoping to reach their target of 62,000 employees by 2025. So good luck to the defence team and great job to all of the students!



A understanding I know have is how important we need employees in the army. A lot of people don’t go for those type of roles, but they’re very important.


2 Questions I have are:

  1. Are there any other areas that need more employees. Which ones?
  2. Why are these specific jobs not getting a lot of people interested in them?


BTN- Australian’s new $5 bill

BTN video:


This BTN video was about money and how our $5 bill is getting a makeover. Most people use money every day, but some think we should change the look of these rectangular pieces of plastic we exchange. See, the Reserve Bank of Australia believes that it’s time we change the designs of our money, starting with the $5 note.


Over the years, the rest of the notes will be presented with their new designs. In Australia, our notes are very recognisable for their designs. Starting with the bright colours, and ending with the famous Australians ($10 note is poet Banjo Patterson- Waltzing Matilda, and $20 note is Reverend John Flynn- created the Royal Flying Doctor Service). But from the 1st of September, our five dollar note will start to be replaced with the new one.


There’s a lot of changes in the new $5 bill, but there are still some similarities. The notes colour, size and famous face (Queen Elizabeth II) is going to be the same. But while saying that, a lot of new upgrades are coming as well. The first new upgrade is the window is now placed in the middle of the note, and has 2 new pictures on it (the Eastern Spinebill and the Prickly Moses Wattle).


Also, another upgrade was to up the security. This is because a lot of people want to print their own money, it’s kind of why our notes are made of plastic (1988 they decided to make our notes plastic so it’ll be harder to print real money). And in the old note, that little window has a seven pointed star you can only see when you hold it up to the light (so shopkeepers can tell the difference between a fake and a real note). Also in that little window was some micro printing (their really small words that you need a magnifying glass to read) so people could see whether the script was there or not. But our new note has a better system…


30 years later the $5 bill has seen a security check, and has been improved. Now it has things like in the bigger window, the five changes direction when you tilt it. Also, the eastern spinebill’s wings move when you tilt it to.


Now, to the last final feature that’s been added. For the first time in history of our bill system, the new notes will all have a tactile feature! A tactile helps people who are blind or can’t see really well (vision impaired) know what it is. In this case, this feature will help these people tell the difference between each note! This specific feature had a campaign for it, a boy called Connor created it. Last year he set up an online petition to have this feature on this note, and the RBA agreed!


So, it may be a bit sad that we have to say goodbye to the old $5 note, but this new one seems pretty cool!


I understand how important it is to have these features on the $5 dollar note, without them chaos would happen (fake notes, people not paying the right ones…).


2 questions I have are:

  1. How were these features thought of (inspired by)?
  2. What brought attention to this situation?

100wc Soundscape

Here’s the prompt (on the website, listen to the recording):



I sat on the very edge of my seat, my legs shaking with excitement. It wasn’t only my legs, my whole body was shaking with excitement, and even a bit of fear. What happens if he misses the goal, especially since its penalties? Well, for one my family will go nuts. Were that family that has something they watch every Friday night, and for us it’s soccer. So, when you’re at the World Cup with you whole family, and it’s the first time any of us have been, we expect the unexpected. I glance up right when he shoots, and the whole crowd goes berserk!

BTN- Refugee Olympic Team

Here is the link:

Blue: Facts

Red: Understandings

Green: Question



Imagine practicing and practicing for something your whole life, and then it turns out you’re not allowed to do it. That’s what it’s like for refugees that want to compete in the Olympics, but that’s not the case anymore. For the first time in history, the Olympic Committee has agreed that a team of refugees can be in the running for the Games! There will be ten athletes in this team (swimmers, runners, judokas etc.), and they will all be from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia or Congo. All the athletes from this team were forced to leave their countries and became a refugee. But now, all of them will be able to compete and achieve their ultimate dream. Here’s a bit of background information on one of the athletes in this team, her name is Yusra.


This 18 year old swimmer has always had the dream of competing at the Olympics, but last year she thought her dream was over. That year she left her home (Syria) and went down the road as a refugee. A refugee is a person who has left their country because they either endangered by war, they are given bad treatment or violence has occurred in their life. These things often happen because of someone’s gender, race or beliefs. Yusra left her home for there is a war happening, but she is not the only one. Her and her sister are just 2 of the 60 million refugees out there. These 2 girls were fleeing to Greece with eighteen other refugees, and they all fled in one rubber dinghy. But catastrophe struck when the boat broke down and started to fill up with water. Beforehand, her sister had told her if something happens, don’t help anyone. But most of the people on this boat couldn’t swim, and the 2 of them decided to push it to shore. Yusra stated that it was really hard and frightening, especially since she was a swimmer and she could have ended up dying in the water.


But 3 hours later they arrived safely, and eventually got to Germany as refugees. Some of those refugees are elite athletes, and have been training all for their whole life to get to the highest level (the Olympics). But when settling, most thought that their dream was over (including Yusra). This is for the common knowledge that in the past, a refugee has never been allowed to participate in the Games. Now, there is no difference whether you are a refugee or not, it’s all about the race.


The refugee team has also got some bonuses, as well as being able to strive in the Olympics. They have received their own coaches, team uniform, officials, and even their own chef! These extras have all been paid for by the IOC, and for a very good reason. The IOC wants this team to inspire and give hope to other refugees, as well as drawing attention to this issue that millions of people are facing. This team has been training hard for months, and they believe their up for the challenge, no matter where they end up placing.


And I think the IOC’s idea is working, since more and more refugees are starting to accomplish their dreams. The team’s heard a lot of stories from refugees, stating how they couldn’t do it or wouldn’t. But after seeing the refugee team in action, all of the stories came back saying that they want to be like them and should have tried harder. But what really inspired refugees was their advice, them saying you can and you just want to try from all your heart really means a lot to everyone.


I understand how much pressure it is to compete in the Olympics. Athletes do it for they love sport, but to have such an important role while being there would build a lot of pressure.


A question I have is:

How did this team end up competing, and how many supporters did they have?

The flicker of lights…

They were there, dancing around the trees in a unique, unforgettable jig. Like they had their own language, though they didn’t speak it or use words. They just flew around the nature beside them and followed each other north. They all knew where to go, but what a scene it was. Hundreds of millions of little flickers of lights, fluent to the time of the wind as they past. Like emblems of a fire they looked, but the magic and the mystery of the moment blew me away. As the wind blew them all around in perfect timing, the golden round lights soon vanished.


The prompt:

Flicker of lights

BTN Persuasive Text- Who should be our government

Here is the link to the video:


When you think of some parties that are in parliament, who do you think of first? Well, most people would think Labour or Liberal, but there aren’t the only parties out there. Heaps of other parties are in the parliament, and they all have their own beliefs.  Some of these parties are called independents, and the Greens are the most common independent party we know. So, which party should we elect to have a representative be the prime minister? I believe that Greens need to be the party that we elect. For they are keen to find cures for sickness, they care about our global warming issue and they believe in marriage equality. So here’s my opinion on which party you should vote for, and why it’s the best cause for everyone.



Firstly, I strongly believe that we need to vote for the Greens, so we can find cures for sicknesses faster and more efficiently. Other parties aren’t that interested in finding cures to these sickness’s, while the Greens are ready to devote their time to this. Their ready to devote their time to a cause that will help all Australian’s and others. Their ready to devote their time to something that matters. Approximately 36 million people die from a disease out of estimated 56 million deaths per year, including children. Over 8 million kids under the age of 5 die from preventable diseases every year, as well as 1.3 million people each year die from Tuberculosis (a disease with no cure). And to top it all off, someone in the world is infected with TB bacilli every second! Imagine if we went back to 1998, when the diseases malaria, tuberculosis and acute lower-respiratory infections claimed 6.1 million lives! We already have enough problems with the main diseases without cures (Influenza, Pneumonia, diabetes and cancer), have you seen how many people have them? In 2013, 55,227 thousand people have influenza or pneumonia, 76,448 thousand had diabetes and 591,669 thousand had cancer! So please, for your family and friends, vote for greens so they can stop these disasters from continuing.



Furthermore, what are the 2 biggest problems we have on earth right now? Well, one is over-population but the other is global warming. These are two very serious problems, yet were not doing anything about them! Were just waiting for the next generation to figure it out, and that’s not good enough! Global warming involved the climate getting higher and higher till all the animals and plants, and even us, die. It will be bad enough if all the plants die, for they give out oxygen and take in carbon dioxide (basically they keep us alive), but when everyone around you starts to pass on, it will be the worst feeling you could ever have. Think for the next generations, this is what they might have to live with. Which is why the greens are taking action and have made it one of their promises to help stop global warming. But it’s not going to be easy to fix a problem that over the past 100 years has made temperature on earth rise (in difference) from 0.4 to 0.8°C. And that may not seem much to you, but scientist predict that by the year 2100, the average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C. After that, the sea level will rise (since all polar ice caps are melted) and the increase of severe weather events will happen. And this all happened because over the past 50 years, we’ve increased volumes of greenhouse gases (the most common is carbon dioxide) by human activities like burning fossil fuels, land clearing and agriculture. So please, before anyone can tell you that global warming isn’t a huge problem, think of the consequences it will effect and vote for the team that will make a difference for our survival.



Lastly, marriage equality is something we need to have in Australia, and it should be allowed in the whole world. There will always be people who disagree with that statement, but just ask yourself this question. How would you feel if you found love but wasn’t allowed to marry that person? If other people, who deserve it as much as you do, were allowed to get married with their partner but you weren’t. That some people completely ignore you, and try to forget there’s people like you in the world. There are heaps of people in the world, and approximately every 1 in 20 people are gay/lesbian. Also, 10% of the male population is gay. So, doesn’t everyone deserve love? Doesn’t everyone get the chance to at least say “I do”, and to say it to the person they’ve been dreaming to say it to from the first day they met? Why are they not allowed because there is the same gender standing before them? Whoever is getting married loves that person, as much as 2 different genders would. So, what have gay/lesbian people done to deserve the punishment of not being allowed to be connected with their partner by law? To not be allowed to get married. The day every person dreams about, but these people don’t get to see it come to reality. And life’s not fair, but this should at least be. For its love, and love cannot be broken apart. Love is stronger than anything, and everyone should get the privilege to celebrate that. The greens have realised that this is how life is, and we need to accept it. Everyone need to be accepted into our society and to be allowed to appreciate love. So vote for the greens, and allow love to bind pairs of couples, no matter what gender they are.




So, I hope you realise that the best choice for government would defiantly be the Greens. For they care about our health and will focus on providing cures for diseases that are killing people every day, have realised the importance of global warming and will look further into finding a solution, and will let any gender love who they want to love.