In Come the Dollars, In Come the Cents

In come the dollars, in come the cents;
To replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence.
Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix;
On the 14th of February 1966.

Today in class, as a part of our Inquiry topic, we watched the 1918 episode of the story My Place. We completed a venn diagram to help us identify similarities and differences between 1918 and 2011. One of the differences we noticed was the currency they used in 1918 Australia; they kept referring to pounds and pence.

This led us to a discussion about currencies around the world and the changeover to decimal currency in 1966. The video below featured on television at the time informing people about the conversion to dollars and cents.

Below are some of the banknotes and coins that were used in Australia prior to 1966 – a sixpence coin and ten shilling note. How do they differ from our notes and coins today? You can see more examples of pre-decimal currency here.

Do you think it was a good thing to change to using the dollar?

What persuasive arguments does the video use to try and convince us that it is a good change to make?

5/6 Sausage Sizzle This Friday

This Friday the 5/6 team is organising a sausage sizzle to support one of our students, Jake in 56A, who has been selected to represent Victoria and Berwick Fields at the National School Swimming Championships in August. You can read more about Jake’s fantastic efforts in this article from the Berwick News.

To help with the cost of attending, a sausage sizzle has been organised for this Friday lunchtime (24th June). Each sausage will cost $1. We are happy to cook an alternative for those students who have dietary or cultural requirements (cost will be the same). If you want to order sausages, can you please complete the form that went home today and return it to school by this Thursday.

Homework – Weeks 9 and 10, Term 2


Here is our homework for Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 2. All of our tasks relate to the learning we have been doing, or will be doing, in class. For information on the recycled sculpture competition, you can check out this post.

This homework is due back on Friday, 1st July. Our organisation tip is to be in the right frame of mind for completing
homework. Make sure you have had something to eat and drink, and that you are feeling energetic. Your work will not be quality if you’re tired and hungry.

When you finish your homework, why not score yourself on our marking rubric – it should be the same score I give you!

Recycled Sculpture Competition

This term Mrs Ferguson is running a recycled sculpture competition. It is featured on this fortnight’s homework. Here is the information that has been provided. If you have any questions, don’t forget to ask!

These leftover bits and pieces (click here to see them) from our new Performing Arts Centre were going to end up in landfill! What a waste!! Instead – we have saved them! But now we need your help to decide exactly what to do with them!

Recycled Sculpture Competition!
All you have to do is decide what we should make out of these bits and pieces and draw your design.

The best design will be built and the designer will receive a $30 Angus and Robertson book voucher!

You can enter as many different designs as you would like. The pieces are quite big! If you would like to see the pieces in real life – you will find them next to the shipping container in the kitchen garden (just outside the kitchen entrance facing Centre Rd). Entries need to be placed in Mrs Ferguson’s pigeon hole before the end of term 2!

To help inspire you, here are some examples of recycled sculptures:

News from 56C – Episode 3

This week’s news was produced by Chevrolet and Liam, although features special presentations by Josh and Kelly. If you haven’t already seen our performance at assembly you can check out the video here.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to let us know what you think!

Summarising the 20th Century

Over the past two days we have been working on researching the different decades of the 20th Century in preparation for choosing a decade to study as our inquiry unit. Everyone has been working with a partner to investigate a decade and create a mindmap using the program Inspiration. You can see each of the mindmaps here or by clicking on the links below. When we were complete, we shared our information and combined all of the mindmaps together in to one giant mindmap, which you can see below. In order to view the detail on the mindmap, you will need to save the map by right clicking this link and selecting “Save As…”.


What do you think was the most important event in the 20th Century?


Check out the mindmaps for each decade; 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.