Interschool Sports: Rounders B

Waiting in the line very still hoping that l will not make the same mistake l did the past week. l was the 9th batter at that time my hands were dripping  all because of swat .It was my turn to smash the  ball. I smashed the ball really had and managed to get everyone home while the other team raced for the ball .After that run we won the game .

We won the game with only  three runs how awesome was that. After the game Leroy did a front flip on the home base and everyone was jumping up and down in excitement .Out of all the team we versed Berwick lodge was the hardest team .They were a lot of great players in our team. B Team won three and lost three and A team won three  , one draw and lost two.

by Ivory and Jarryd

Jarryd`s Production Destruction

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It was the first night everyone was so excited to perform on stage. The curtains opened and everybody was staring at us and then everyone started to sing. After we sang it was time for the acts. Number 50 was 5/6A doing wizard of oz. About 24 acts later it was time for a 10 to 20 minute break. During the break you could hear and smell things like crunching on choc tops, lollies and even munching on chips and shapes backstage. After the next 25 acts it was time for the finale. During the finale we had to shuffle to Party Rock Anthem. The production was alright and after it i think everyone was really tired but it looked like everybody was having fun. Now we only have to do it again two more times.

News from 56C – Episode 5

This week’s episode of News from 56C has been produced by Jarryd and Jessica. You can find out information about our class novel, interschool sports, what we prepared in Kitchen, our class inquiry topic and what we have been learning in Maths. Kelly will even share some examples of how to convert fractions into decimals and percentages. Check out the episode below!

Sizzling Starts and Planning for Success


In class we have begun to look at the ‘7 Steps to Amazing Writing’. As a launching pad to the steps, we began by spending the first fortnight focusing on ‘Sizzling Starts’.

A Sizzling Start is a start to a piece of writing or story that really engages the reader and makes them want to read more in the story. It could be an action scene or something funny – anything that makes the reader want to keep reading more.

We have had a look at writing which does not sizzle (it fizzles!) and how it causes us to become disinterested in the writing. Some examples of this include writing that starts with ‘On the weekend…’ or ‘When I woke up…’.

Students have been fantastic at identifying sizzling starts! Some of the sizzling starts that we have identified in books, movies or television programs include:

  • The beginning of Stormbreaker, with Ian Rider being chased from Port Tallon. (thanks Tai)
  • The introduction to Men in Black, as the agents zap the alien in the desert. (Thanks Zak)
  • The movie Wall*E with its engaging and wonderful first scene.
  • The film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, which starts with the boulder chase scene.
  • The Simpsons Movie, when Homer poisons the town’s water supply (thanks Jarryd)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean has a suspense filled start with many people dying
  • The television show Modern Family often starts with a comic scene that makes you laugh and want to keep watching.
  • The books Beware contain lots of short stories but they are all set in Halloween and full of suspense. (Zak)
  • The books in the Deltora Quest series contain twists at the start to make you want to find out what happens, such as when the main characters die out right at the start (thanks Zenia!)
  • Tomorrow When the War Began starts with a bombing and fighting scene
  • In the novel Breaking Dawn the character begins to talk about her life experiences and what has happened to her (thanks Kelly)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets captures you in by jumping off where the last story ends and Harry doing something he shouldn’t be doing.
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanya starts with a newspaper headline and the main character talking about how it will affect others

This is only a short list of some of the ideas that we discussed in class over the past fortnights. We have also completed a range of activities to get us good at thinking about quick starts to stories. These have including writing ‘five fast starts’ where we have to write the start to five stories in just ten minutes- yes it can be done! Ideas we were given for stories included “All of the kids are at school but there’s no teacher’s in sight”, “A ghost story about a dog with three legs” and “There’s a tree in the wetlands that eats kids”. It’s amazing what you can write in two minutes when you put your mind to it!

Today, we moved on to another of the steps and starting looking at Planning for Success.


We spent some time this morning discussing the importance of having a wide range of ideas to be able to build a story from, and not necessarily using the first thing that pops in to your head. As a grade we brainstormed some large lists of different characters (heroes and villains), sidekicks, problems, settings and animals we might include in a story. From these lists, we had to use something from each list to write the start to a silly story. Here are some of the ideas we came up with.

  • A walking saucepan has to flee from the FBI who know his mysterious secret. It’s the year 2012 with Mayans freaking everywhere and with the help of a monkey his only transport is a non-stop kicking horse.  -Malinthi
  • A class full of heroes in the year 2500 has to stop a million dollar author and her evil cat from making every pencil in the world grow huge with only the help of Kevin Rudd. – Kelly
  • A fat cow and its sidekick the talking wheelchair have to fight the psycho killer for killing the Prime Minister, helped by a tiger with fangs. – Jesse
  • The evil cat is owned by a mad scientist in the year 3000 with the help of a supersized pig. But he was stopped by the talking tree. – Sarah
  • In the first year ever a lady had a super big pig and her sidekick bumble bee brother looked after it.  They also had an old lady, sick hobo and giant bee. – Olivia
  • A vampire, who has lived from 1899 to 2240 trying to find a way to become human again, has found her match, a demon and with only her mind and her python she has to kill him or he will control the world and herself forever.  -Amber
  • A farting monkey and sidekick, a non-stop kicking horse, would face and fight evil dog. They would fight in the year 2240. Evil dog will die and the world will end. -Ryan
  • There once was a zombie with his sidekick alien mouse named freckles. They tried to stop the evil flesh eating dog from trying to kill the guy with an evil haircut. – Jarryd
  • In the year 1204BC, one ex villan has to prove his hero worthiness by defeating an old Egyptian guy who wants to be the God of everyone, with the help of only his miniature talking dinosaur and his smart flying hippo. – Zenia

Wouldn’t these ideas make for an engaging story!


On Monday we arrived a Cave Hill Creek.

We ate lunch then Tim showed us around all the different places in the camp site. once we had eaten dinner we went on a night walk. On the night walk we saw lots of animals like kangaroos and koalas.

On Tuesday we went to our first activity which was an hour fourty five minute buh walk to Glut.on the bush walk there was a big waterfall so you had to go over a log to get to the other side. During the bush walk it was tiring getting up the steep hills and going over and under the logs and trees.

After the bush walk we went conoeing then we had sport time. At about eight pm we had a trivia night there was questions from things like back to the future and cartoon shows.

On Wednesday my group went to abseiling but when i went to go on it started to rain so it was really slippery. Our second  activity for the day was archery and i most popped a balloon! Orienteering and i got nineteen out of twenty. Our last activity for the day was photo trail and with that you had to findit and answer the questions later we had a talant night and calvin won.

On Thursday our first activity was the bikes it was hard going over the the broken down trees.  We also did low ropes and that was fun because there was ten activities and three group activities and i fell off seven times! Then we went to hut building and our hut came second place our last activity was bouldering wall. After dinner we had a disco.

On Friday we had to pack up to go home but before we went home we got to pick two choice activities and i chose  bouldering wall and low ropes because they were both really fun the first time.

All together the camp was fun and i thought that the low ropes was the best. Because the activities were awesome and i want to keep doing it over and over.

Coats of Arms

Over the past week we have been working on our fantastic Coats of Arms that highlight some things that make us unique. How great do they look all together!

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