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100wc My Year

Marvelous Education

Outstanding People

Optimistic is one of our values

Nurturing teachers

Engaging lessons

Excellent curriculum

Precious moments

Opportunities in every direction

Never ending friendships

Delight is what we always feel

School spirit



Passionate pupils

Relieved parents

Inspirational role models

Meaningful memories

Admirable patience

Recommend this school

Young at heart



Support they give

Care is another value of ours

Happiness is the first feeling when walking in

Outgoing students

Open minded decisions

Lucky to go there




This school is the most rewarding school you will ever know. I will miss it a lot, and wanted to share how rewarding this school is. It is amazing.

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.

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 Rock BTN

Here is the link to the video:

Blue: Facts

Red: Understandings

Green: Questions


On the 26/2/2013, a massive meteor explosion took place right over Russia. The same day an asteroid passed really close to earth, though these 2 events weren’t linked. This article is about the difference between asteroids, meteors and comet.

We live on the planet earth, and the way we live is pretty decent. There’s water, oxygen, the weather isn’t too cold or too hot, we can breathe fresh air and create buildings, and we can even have picnics! But were not the only planet or rock out there in our solar system, and that’s where asteroids, comets and meteors come in.

This meteor that hit Russia was in the Ural Mountains and it no one expected it. It strike through the atmosphere and exploded above a city called Chelyabinsk. The force it made was 20 times bigger than an atomic bomb, but since it was so high in the sky the effects on ground weren’t devastating. But the shockwave blew out the windows, damaged buildings and injured more than a thousand people. As this event occurred, astronomers watched an asteroid half the size of a football field passed closely by earth.

These 2 events weren’t connected at all, but they did get people talking about what’s really going on in space. See, there are more things in our solar system than the planets that orbit the sun.  There are chunks of dust, rock and ice in our solar system (which are the leftovers from the process that formed the planets billions of years ago). These are called asteroids, meteoroids and comets.

Comets are chunks of ice and dust which are from the cold outer parts of the solar system. When they get close to the sun they start to melt, therefore giving off a gas that looks like a beautiful glowing trail.

Asteroids are normally made of rock or metal. Tens of thousands of them are located in an area in the solar system called the asteroid belt (which is between Mars and Jupiter) but some travel closer to Earth.

Meteoroids are a smaller version of asteroids, and millions of them hit the Earth’s atmosphere every day. When they enter the atmosphere, we change the name to meteors. Most meteors burn up really quickly when they hit the atmosphere, and if you’ve ever seen a shooting star, that’s a meteor.

This meteor that flew over Paris was bigger than most meteors, and because it was made of the things it was made of, it didn’t explode straight away. It exploded when it hit thicker air, and this has happened in Russia before. In 1908, scientists believe that a massive meteor exploded above a place called Tunguska. Nothing from the meteor reached the ground, but the force of it knocked down kilometers of trees. But when a meteor does hit the round, we call it a meteorite.

When we do get meteorites, they can be very valuable. This is because they give more knowledge to scientist to find out what’s going on in space, and to be able to touch a rock from space that is billions of years old, it would be amazing!

Damaging meteor/meteorites events on earth are rare, but they can happen. A lot of scientist believe that one reason why the dinosaurs became extinct (over 66 million years ago) was because of a meteorite. But scientist also believe that this type of event will probably not happen in our lifetime again, so humans are in no danger of meteors/meteorites. This is for astronomers spend a lot of time studying comets and asteroids, and finding things out like where they’re heading. Some can even send robotic spacecraft to study them up close, and they have different ways to protect the planet if one got to close. But these amazing comets, meteors and asteroids have a lot to teach us, and will teach us more about the ancient history of our solar system than ever in history.


An understanding I now have is:

Meteors, asteroids and comets are clearly linked but are they own different things, though we also could expand our knowledge on them (especially comets and asteroids).


2 questions I have are:

  1. What different ways can the robotic spacecraft (sent by astronomers) protect our planet?
  2. What equipment do astronomers, or even scientists, have to find out this information (besides the spacecraft)?


Space Video Reflection

This week, instead of a BTN video we could write a 321 reflection on a video about space (since space is our topic for this term). Hope you enjoy!

If you want to see the video, its on a blog called antsclass. Go check it out!

Blue = Facts

Red = Understandings

Green = Questions


This science video is about how ancient humans were fascinated by astronomy and how they talked about it then and now. The three main races that looked into astronomy the most were Mayans, Babylonians and Ancient Greeks. These 3 races discovered so much about astronomy and made us understand space a whole lot better. Especially Babylonians, they very advanced astronomers (and very interested in space) since they had created a writing system that allowed them to record a lot of information about space. This system helped Babylonia create mathematical models like calendars and these type of things were very helpful to them back then. Especially in the city-state of Ancient Babylon, which is located near modern Baghdad. These smart Babylonians were also able to predict astronomical phenomena, although they didn’t see things in a scientific standpoint. But their work has influenced astronomy and has created the birth of early forms of modern horoscopic astrology.

The race of Mayans is a group of Mesoamerican Indians. Even present day, we still don’t know a lot about this race and their knowledge about astrology (since the Spanish Conquistadors burned all of their records). But a very famous creation was from the Mayans, and that was the Mayan Long Count Calendar.  This calendar was a very sophisticated system that uses base 20 numbers. This calendar is very famous because the Mayans believed that the world was going to end on the 21st of December 2012 (since that was when the calendar ended). This prediction was incorrect, so that means that Christmas and New Year’s Eve could be celebrated! Although the prediction was incorrect, it helped the Mayans discover the eclipse which was used to prognosticate important events, as well as predicting things like the motion of the planets.

The last race that was very interested in astronomy was Ancient Greece. A very famous ancient astronomer from Greece was called Claudius Ptolemy who invented the Ptolemaic system. This astronomer was a Greco-Egyptian writer, mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. Ptolemy had a lot of jobs because at the time (90 AD – 168 AD), there wasn’t that much knowledge about science so people interested in science had to have a lot of other jobs. But nowadays, there is more knowledge about science therefore you can just focus on science if you want to.

Claudius was also a Greek citizen of the Roman emperor, and was born in ancient Egypt in Alexandria (when it was under a Roman emperor).  This Ptolemaic system showed how earth was in the middle/centre of the universe, and this fact has influenced humans for hundreds of years. This system was a drawing that shows earth was in the centre of the universe, but Ptolemy was known largely for it. But knowledge today is showing that heaps of Ptolemy’s knowledge actually came from another person,

Euclid (father of Geometry) who is an ancient Greek mathematician and a lot of people would say the greatest astronomer of all time. He categorised hundreds of stars, as well as discovering the Precession of the Equinoxesa (the wobbling of the earth around its axis). This Precession explains why in 12 000 years, the northern star won’t be Polaris anymore, it will be Vega.

An understanding I now have is some of our science knowledge was found out years ago, and a lot of our knowledge id from people in the past. Also that the knowledge we got from the past has really influenced us on our opinion of space.

2 questions I have now are:

  1. Who created the Mayan calendar or the Babylonians calendar?
  2. How did they find out all of this information when they didn’t have the technology we have today?

Landslides Information Report

Here is my information report about landslides:

You can also look at it in a word document: information-report

If you choose to read it as a word document, please press Enable Editing (if you don’t, the presented way it’s supposed to be won’t be shown).

Also, if you look at it on this post, you can click the pictures to make them bigger.




Landslides- How they can destroy us



Heavy rain is pounding down as the crashing sound of a disaster fills the air. Death has its scent all over this, as person after person get trapped, and killed under the mass of rocks and dirt. A landslide is one of the natural disasters that can affect a person’s whole life, and can change it in a minute. A landslide is the movement when a mass of rock, debris or earth on a slope can no longer holds and gives way to gravity.  There are different types of landslides depending on the slope angle, climate, weathering, stabilisation, water content and a few more (a landslide can either fall, topple, flow, slide, spread). Landslides occur because of its terrifying triggers (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, explosion, less deadly = soils that are filled with water, weak rock, the land arrangement, erosion, former of old landslide, vibrations of machines, vibration of traffic, deforestation, cultivation and construction). If a landslide happens underwater (submarine landslides) it can create a flood or a killer tsunami (since an earthquake triggers a landslide, the landslide would push the tsunami along faster and stronger). Lastly, landslides are prone around mountains and coastal areas. In the U.S, landslides occur in all 50 states. There are also other countries that experience this disaster, for example Alaska and Hawaii. Also, in Australia our prone areas are:


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Coastal cliffs, the Great Dividing Range (along the east coast- submarine landslides), the Strzelecki and Otway Ranges (it is in southern Victoria), Mt Lofty Ranges (close to Adelaide, South Australia- volcanic eruptions), Mt Wellington (volcano eruptions), Tamar Valley, north-west coast of Tasmania, New South Wales and Victorian Alpine regions, and lastly south east of Queensland.

What humans do after a landslide?

25 to 50 humans annually die from a landslide, however the main complications that affect humans happen after the landslide.

The first thing a person will do after a landslide has occurred, is find the nearest safe shelter. Meanwhile, the population of the prone country, would listen to the radio or television announcement for updates on emergency information. Due to this fact, people will watch for signs of flooding. This is because flooding happens regularly after a landslide has taken place (if it was a submarine landslide, watch out for a tsunami). Then will also be the time to check for injured or trapped people. When directing the rescuers there to help, all humans must stay away from the area of the landslide. While all of this is taking place, the public (if they see any damaged railways, roads or utilities) will report this to authorities straight away. Then a group of people will check the land around them and assess where is safe. Lastly, the communities will replant the damaged ground so it won’t trigger any flash floods or additional landslides.

Humans after a landslide will receive goods from countries that are allies. They would receive canned food (it is canned because then it will not expire quickly), plastic water bottles (easy to transport), shelter (tents), clothes from charities and most importantly money (e.g. $1 000 000 American Red Cross gave to the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake).

People in this situation do get a lot of donations, for example the Nepal Earthquake. 9 countries all sent at least 1 team of rescuers, food, medical aid, water, shelter and lastly all 9 countries (India, China, U.S.A, Canada, Israel, France, Australia, Norway and Switzerland) sent money.

Humans who have experienced a landslide, this is what happens when the volunteer groups come to help them:

Lifesaving aid will be the first action done when they get there. After a few hours of the disaster, volunteers will then be checking the level of severity and need.  Within 24-72 hours, the team/s there will provide emergency reliefs and they will be making assessments. At 72 hours, supplies will be loaded, transported and handed out. By the first week, emergency aid and relief to residents affected will be provided. After a month, citizens are stabilised (temporary shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection activities, healthcare etc.).

There are a lot of organisations and volunteer websites that help these people, and this activity a lot of people happen to experience after being in a landslide (or any natural disaster). Humans volunteer to go with groups of people to help out a country in need. Charities also cooperate in helping out, for they ask and receive donations.

Once all of this has taken place, the last action humans do after a landslide has occurred is to wait. They wait to found out whether it is safe to live where their home was anymore. Humans have an expectation to listen and follow instructions given to help them, as they have the right to be affected physically or mentally after.


How humans are affected:

Humankind can be affected in 2 different ways, physically and/or mentally. Physically, landslides can block roads, damage/destroy homes, locally disrupts sewers and power lines (very dangerous). They can even damage oil (big problem since it is really hard to find and collect oil) and gas production facilities. Also, transportation is delayed as well, and this can cause a lot of problems. For example, in 1919, a rockslide near Loggers Creek (close to Sea to the Sky Highway) delayed 12 days for travel and cost $1 million for prevention structure. A landslide is like dominoes, once it is triggered, it will keep on falling in a domino effect. It is also like an earthquake, though it is less common around the world.

Landslides also impact humans by making them pay more money to repair structures, loss of property, disruption of transportation routes, loss of medical aid and loss of materials. Water was one of the main materials that was damaged and the availability, quantity and quality was affected. And even after the landslide has happened, things are still costly like engineering projects that are designed to make the land safer. Lastly, if some people wanted to stabilise their houses after a landslide has hit, it would cost them usually hundreds of thousands of dollars for 2-3 houses.

The land around mankind can get affected very easily, but so can the environment. When a landslide occurs, there is a lot of economic loss. This affects humans for then they lose oxygen, which they need to breathe. And people need to breath to survive, so that is why a lot of plants get planted after a natural disaster has occurred (especially a landslide).

Land and the environment can get damaged very easily, but so can people. Landslides can hurt us physically, and also mentally. There are people outside of the country who are affected so they donate or volunteer. Also, countries can get affected and the government will help out by paying with taxes. So, the government and everyday people can get affected as well. As for people who are in the country hit, they can end up having trauma. If someone is in a natural disaster, they can see a lot of upsetting and traumatising events (seeing someone getting trapped or killed, seeing the effect of the landslide in the moment, thinking that there is no hope etc.). Some people even see a specialist after to get over their trauma. A landslide, or any natural disaster can leave people scarred.

Some people after a landslide are actually affected by scars. It is almost certain that if a person have experience being in a landslide (and has survived) they will come end up with an injury/s. People also die when experiencing a landslide, and the end result can be devastating. This happens because most killing landslides happen on highways, when people are trapped in their car. These types of landslide normally end up being a landslide where debris flows. They are extremely dangerous to animals, humans and the world. These killer landslides are so destructive, that most of them end up leaving long term damages. The only difference it has to other landslides is the debris. It might be a bit hard to picture, so here is a diagram showing you what the debris landslide looks like (the colour equals the rubbish).



This is why people need to prevent landslides.


What do humans do to prevent landslides?

The first thing that humans have done to try and slow down the effect of landslides is the Bureau of Transportation. The first action is to create stormwater management services so they can maintain the water, mud and debris that is pushed out by landslides and onto the streets. The second action is the safe transportation system for people after a landslide. Experts are focusing on detection systems so they can give warnings to residents about potential landslides. This can save lives and prevent loss of items, which will help the country a lot. Countries like the U.S.A have decided to look at the after affects. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administrations (NOAA) have established a flash flood warning system to 8 prone countries within southern California. This system utilizes National Weather Services (NWS) and their Flash Flood Monitoring Production (FFMP) system. It recognises when flash floods and debris flows are likely to occur.

Another project is happening in the future, and it’s the Inventory Pilot Project. It designed to provide framework and tools to analyse landslide data into a listed digital format from individual states. Also, it will be able to scan reports and surveys so scientist can investigate.  A website will also be created, and it will be about clearly mapped out maps and data collections (their making this so they can promote more maps and data collections on landslides). This project and the website is going to be a long term goal.


USUG Landslide Hazards Program is a team of researchers to find out landslide prone areas, how frequent they are and create landslide hazard maps. To do this, they have to monitor to area. They monitor these things: rainfall, channel stage (sensing device that measures the flow height), ground water pressure, soil temperature, soil water content, ground vibrations, and battery voltage and station temperatures. Once scientists gather this information, they try to predict when the next landslide will be. They’re also trying to learn more about the triggers, that’s why monitoring can go from 15 to 24 hours straight. Here is a picture of what one of the monitoring sites look like:


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Here is a website that has some professional maps about the different data they collected at monitoring in millicoma meaner:\

There are everyday things humans can do to prevent landslides. They can check their draining system and direct the water away from them and their neighbours’ property, they can clean their gutters and check 1 a week during autumn and winter (these seasons because 1 wind or rain storm can clog a well-functioning drain), don’t litter and plug the cities drain (e.g. leaves cause flooding so do not plug drains with leaves) and plant trees and plants to reduce erosion on steep hills (so then it will be stable).

One more thing a person can do to help is to never discharge water over the side of an unstable, steep hill (this is because the water will put pressure on the soil, then the rocks will slide, causing a result of a landslide). If they do this, there will be a big, good difference to the frequency of landslides.  And if a person alter the slope, that will can reduce the risk and damage of the landslide. To do this, the person would reduce the upper part (the source area) and put it near the base. They would need to do this with professional help or else they could trigger a landslide by digging.

Another way to raise awareness is to make a video, and one website did. It is called Riding the Storm- Landslide Danger in the San Francisco Bay area- 1982 rainstorm. Here is a link to the video:

Comparing System to another (systems analysis below):

Landslides and earthquakes are quite similar, since landslides and earthquakes both cause destruction and damage (like any natural disaster). They affect people’s’ lives forever, and they both destroy parts of land (and with a tsunami after). There are different things about each other as well, for example earthquakes are measured in magnitude and landslides can create flash floods. These 2 systems are very alike, but they have minor differences.


Systems Analysis:


Change 1 step:


If there is a lot of plant roots in the slope, then you will need a lot of the other factors to create a landslide. Since the plants roots hold together the slope, if there was a lot of them it would be very hard to make the slope unstable. There would have to be other factors to effectively make a difference, and even then there wouldn’t be as big as an effect there would be without plants. But there are also plants that don’t help or their roots don’t make a difference. This would help a landslide, and these plants would help the landslide in the end. But if the other plants were planted, it would prevent the landslide for a bit longer.

Conclusion (system analysis):

People can affect landslides since they are a trigger (vibrations from traffic, vibrations from building sites etc.) Humans can start a landslide in everyday life, all that happens is the slope becomes more unstable, therefore starting the process. Humans can also affect it by planting plants that don’t help and pouring down water on the slope to gain weight. These are negative results, but something communities can do is plant plants that help. These plants have roots that stick the slope together, therefore making the slope more stable.


Landslides are not known for being the most destructive natural disaster, though people do underestimate how much a landslide can/does affect us. Landslides are a natural disaster, and they can wreck someone’s life forever.  People can get affected by trauma, loss of property, death, loss of valuable items and physically injured when facing a landslide. Humans are affected every year, and they get hurt every time. A landslide is a dangerous and destructive natural disaster, and they can affect people more than they think.


Frequency- how many times something has happened

Prone areas- a place that is likely to face a natural disaster

Debris- scattered pieces of rubbish and plastic

Trauma – A depressing experience

Economic – global environment

Sanitation – conditions to public health

Severity -important

Magnitude- the size of an earthquake


Authorities- the power/right to make decisions and give orders on people’s behalf


Population- how many people are in a certain place.


Utilities- Useful electronic objects (phone, gas taps etc.)


Natural disasters- a natural event such as a flood, earthquake, hurricane, volcano etc.





And here’s my assessment sheet:

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Here’s my assessment reflection:

Something I’m proud of after the assignment is how much detail I put into it. I tried really hard to get a lot of things on the assessment criteria, and tried to make it one of the best ones I have ever done. And I believe that I did a really good job and pushed myself to get this result.  I am also really proud of the way I handled my organisation in this project. I got the project done in time and I accomplished it well, even though there were things going on in my life.


Something I could have improved on is working on my tense. I haven’t been the best at using the right tense in my work, and I believe it needs to be a goal of mine. Also I could have used more comparative adjectives in my piece, and that will also be a goal for me. Lastly, I could have worked on using more simple sentences and to re-reading my work (maybe more than 3 times) for misspelt words.

Happy Principals’ Day

7 years. I spent 7 years at a primary school. There is 180 days in a school year, so I spent approximately 1,260 at school. Most kids might think that you must be really unlucky to have lived in a nightmare like that. But at my school, the kids here don’t think that way. I don’t know how or why, but we don’t. But 300 hundred kids looking forward to school, something’s up. And over the years at this school, I’ve been trying to work it out. Finally, after 7 years of dedication, I’ve done it. And funny enough, it’s not friends. Or the teachers, or even the school itself-though each of those have been awesome. But more than that, I believe it’s the principals we’ve had, and 3 really stand out. Their names are Matt (our principal), Rebecca (our vice principal) and Barbara (our vice, vice principal)…


I remember back in year 2, when my class was practising for the concert. We had made up a few moves when Rebecca walked through the room. Everyone face lit up, after all it’s Rebecca. She addressed the class with her cheerful smile, and I blush when I automatically start smiling as well. She starts talking to Jacinta while we keep on going in the dance. I think about how I always end up going to her when she’s on yard duty. I guess it’s because somehow she understands, even when I’ve accidentally done something wrong. Her optimism lingers in the library a bit longer after she leaves, and I acknowledge how lucky this school is to have a person like her. Sweet, caring, funny and really optimistic, wow what a person! And have her as a vice principal has benefited the school so much.  The last thing you need to say about her is she’s marvellous at what she does. An illustration of this is when the coastal ambassadors met up with Matt and Rebecca. They both helped so much and gave us a different perspective on our plan, as well as sorting things out that wouldn’t quite fit with our timetable. And that’s why on principals’ day everyone needs to thank her, for her hard work to this school has really helped all us students and teachers.


Another memory that stood out to me about our present principals was the Spring Fete. This particular spring fete was 2014, when I saw our principal step behind a wooden wall, which was painted with a clown on it. But where the clowns face was supposed to be, there was actually a big hole for a person to put their head in. I saw the line of people holding sponges, and the first person went for their shot. Luckily it missed him, but I realised that he’s doing it for fun. A lot of principals wouldn’t have done this, but he did. He also was talking to the students and got them piped up, which I thought was really funny. He was raising money for our school, and was encouraging others to have a shot at the activities. And on top of having all those great traits, he was simply really easy going and modest. This is a great trait to have, and I admire it.  Another thing I really admire is how good at his job he is, and for that we need to thank him.  For example, he listens to the students’ opinions as well as the adults. He’s easy going, modest, funny, enjoyable, encouraging and he’s great at his job (as all of our teachers and principals are). Our school is one of the luckiest schools to have a principal like him, and I know that is one of the most truthful things I have ever said.


The last remembrance I will share with you is actually not so long ago. It did happen weeks ago, but it still stands out to me. I was walking towards my class when I bumped into Barbara. She politely asked me a question (I forgot what it was) and the first thought that popped into my head was she’s so friendly. Barbara is the kind of person you automatically like (like all the principals and teachers) but she’s so friendly it makes you beam. She was new to the school (since she was replacing our vice principal) and to walk into a place you don’t know and have to take on a job like this, she’s very brave. She’s also done a magnificent job, especially since she has to teach some classes as well. I find her to be a great role model (like the other adults who help run this school) and hope others do to. I ended up answering her question, and I noticed how funny she is. A few jokes here and there, it really brightens your day. And I’m glad we have her at our school for she’s funny, friendly, brave, great at her work and she’s a great role model. So, thank you Barbara for being our vice, vice principal and I hope you enjoy principal day.


So in the end, maybe spending 1,260 days at school isn’t such a nightmare. If you go to the school that I go to, then count yourselves blessed. Because we have the most wonderful teachers, we make lifelong friends and we have the most impressive principals of all time! No wonder our school is wonderful, the guidance and friendships we have is stunning! I am so proud to go to this school and I know that others feel that way as well. We are so lucky to have them, and I am truly grateful that our school gets to have principals as fantastic as them. So thank you to all 3 of our principals, for how much you’ve made this school a better environment.

BTN Should we keep the system we have when helping countries hit by natural disasters?

Here’s the prompt for this persuasive text:



We often hear the news that a natural disaster has hit a country. These are events like floods, earthquakes, fires and even a tsunamis is just a few of the natural disasters this world faces. But when we do hear of one these that has happened, what happens after they stop reporting the story? Do we get the full picture of what’s really happening? Natural disasters create a lot of damage and leave a lot of long term impact. And it can take years to rebuild a country, so how do they recover? Well, when a country is in need, we tend to help out. And not just Australia, most countries do. So we use a system to help provide the country with what they need to survive. Now, let me tell you why we need this system and we shouldn’t change it.



Firstly, what’s the point in changing the system when it has been working perfectly for us? Every time a county has been hit by a natural disaster, there’s always been countries to look out for them. For example, Israel has helped countries all over the world like Mexico (1985 earthquake), Kenya (1998 bombing by United States + 2006 drought), Turkey (1999 earthquake), Indonesia (2004 earthquake and tsunami), Sri Lanka (2005 tsunami), Haiti (2010 earthquake) and Philippines (2013 Typhoon Haiyan). If you don’t believe this search this all up, as well as Israel providing medical aid to over 140 states. But it’s not just Israel, there are other countries that help a lot to. Some big ones are U.S, U.K, Australia, New Zealand and India, who have been constantly helping out across the globe. And they all use this one system, which has worked for us over many years. See, the first priority is to save lives, then rescue those who are trapped or stranded. Then comes the medical assistance, and clean water (so it’s not contaminated with germs or diseases). After that comes food and shelter, which is provided with plenty to spare. It’s worked for plenty of years so why change it? Why change something we know is working and is saving lives by minute? Why go for a risk that could cause lives instead of sticking with one that we know is a good method? We’re talking about risking people’s families, friends, partners, people they love. People that you love, would be put at risk. So please, keep this system and don’t change it!



Secondly, what can you change about the system that means life or death? This system supplies water and food, and you need these to survive. The water gets delivered by trucks and the people in there gives out tanks of water, so the public can fill up their own containers or are given bottles. Packaged and canned food is provided, there’s always enough to go around. The food is packaged/canned for it doesn’t go off as fast as fresh food. The system also gives shelter so people can sleep. An example of the shelter that’s provided from the other countries is when Haiti got hit by an earthquake in 2010. The survivors ended up sleeping in tents that looked like this:

Lastly medical assistance is provided, as well as getting extra help for saving people. And the more help you get, the more lives you save. Now, most people would argue that we need to send in more building materials, since the country fully recovery can take years (the country often has to rebuild entire communities from scratch). Which is why the government will either send in cash to that country or it’ll be raised through the public (in special appeals or donations). Then the affected country, the UN and aid agencies work out how the money will be used. Another thing that other countries do to help is you can volunteer to go to a country in need and help there! I know this for a fact because someone I know has done this before. He went to the Philippines in 2013 to help them after the typhoon. Also, he said it was one of the best experiences of his life. So in the end it ticks all of the checklist, and everything ends out working perfectly. It does take a long time to put a country back together, but with the right system, it can work. And this is the right system. So keep this system and don’t change it!



In conclusion, we should keep this system we use to help other countries when hit by a natural disaster. For there’s no point in changing the system when it’s already working for us, and there’s simply nothing you need to change!










Natural disasters can throw a city and a country into unexpected chaos like the recent floods in Pakistan in South Asia.

More than one and a half thousand people have been killed and around twenty million have been affected as water swept away many homes.

The United Nations says it’s affected more people than the Tsunami that hit Asia in 2004!

That’s when a huge wave killed more than 230-thousand people from 14 countries.

Ticks all the checklist


BTN Persuasive Text Seed Bank

This is the video clip that inspired this article:


What do you think of the word Doomsday? Well, it sounds like one of those events that happens in a movie. So, a lot of people are surprised that the doomsday vault isn’t a mega evil, destructive, full of bombs and nuclear weapons undercover agency. It’s actually a vault that holds plants! Weird huh, it’s actually called the seed bank. Some people think this idea is a waste of money, but let me tell you why it’s not a waste of money.


Firstly, if we have the seed bank (doomsday vault) we can save all our native plants from extinction! Australia is known for a lot of things, starting from our accents to our animals. But something Australia is really proud of is our plants! The most famous one is the eucalyptus tree, which connects to one of our own animals, the koala. Imagine if this famous Australian tree was extinct, we would also extinct one of our own native animals with it. Another Australian (famous) tree is the Mountain ash, which is the second tallest tree in the world! It would be devastating if one little decision was the cause of a valuable plant to be wiped out. Which is why we need to make that decision wisely, and the correct answer to it is yes. We need to keep the seed bank (and to know it’s not a waste of money) so our own Australian trees don’t go extinct.



Furthermore, there’s lots of useful plants that aren’t being grown by farmers anymore, and their becoming so rare that they might become extinct! For example, have you heard of the plant Araucarioxylon arizonicum? Well, it was extinct 200 million years ago, and it was found through the desert Badlands of Arizona and New Mexico (primarily in the Petrified Forest National Park). But the most important fact about this extinct plant is, it’s so abundant that it was used by people as a source for building materials! And since we didn’t have the doomsday vault at the time, now that plant is extinct and we lost a source of a building material, and a bit of oxygen! Imagine if we keep on losing plants, we soon be losing oxygen, and that’s not good. And to stop losing valuable plant’s we have to have the Doomsday Vault! We lose approximately 150 –200 species of plants and animals every day! Imagine if you want a type of flower that would make your backyard look perfect but they were extinct! If we have the seed bank we could get that flower, and then you’d get more oxygen. So please, we need the seed bank so we can keep the valuable plants we need to survive.



Lastly, we need the seed bank for it means we have a supply of plants (and even food) that we can rely on! There are events in the world we can start, and there are some that nature intends to take credit for. These two types of events that happen can either be good or damaging. For example, nature can give us rain so our plants (that can turn into food) can grow faster. But nature can also give us natural disasters and climate change, which are two very damageable events. This is the same for events that humans create… We can invent a machine that will help grow plants quicker in the future, but we can also (accidently) give plants diseases or they could be damaged when a war is happening. If we don’t have the seed bank, circumstances like diseases, war, climate change, and natural disasters will destroy all plants and all our oxygen! Also, if we don’t have the seed bank and all the food (in a country) has been destroyed (for example, in a war), we don’t have a backup supply to give those people. They would have to die from starvation, and no one deserves to die that way. Partners, families, groups of friends, they would have to die painfully, and you could have been one of them. They would have just been unlucky to go to a country at that time (or to live there) but they were there. So why punish them for something they couldn’t control? So, we are obligated to know that the seed bank is not a waste of money, for people’s lives (and families) are at risk if we don’t.



In conclusion, the seed bank is not a waste of money. This is because it helps save our native plants from dying out, it saves really valuable plants that farmers aren’t growing anymore and it’s the best back up plan if we ever run out of food (in a specific country).

Unit Goals: Natural Disasters

As a result of this unit, I will…


Unit Learning Goal 1: Science


I will understand how 2 sudden geological changes (tsunamis and cyclones) or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.


Unit Learning Goal 2: Science


I will with guidance, pose questions about tsunamis to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation.



Unit Learning Goal 3: Science.


I will find out scientific knowledge that is used to inform personal and community decisions about tsunamis.



Unit Learning Goal 5: Reading and viewing


I will identify and explain how figures like tables, diagrams, maps and graphs add to our understanding of verbal information and factual pieces, as well as persuasive texts and figures from the media and digital texts.




Unit Learning Goal 6: Writing


I will plan, draft and publish a variety of informative pieces and persuasive texts, while choosing to experiment with the text structures, language features, images and digital resources (audio elements) that are relevant to the purpose and audience.




Personal Learning Goals: During this unit, I will . . .


Set myself time limits to complete parts of an assignment, so if there is any pressure I have, it won’t get too much for me.


Focus on taking notes on the main points of an informational /persuasive piece and can summarise those point as efficiently as possible.