What’s up in Week 3?

Firstly, congratulations to all our students and families for the fantastic Student Led Conferences we had last Thursday. I was extremely impressed with the thought and effort each student had put into preparing their presentation and the way they were able to share and communicate their learning to their parents.

Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with the camera last week and our regular news vodcast is unavailable. Keep an eye out for it next week!

Good luck to our footballers Josh, Tai, Liam, Ivory, Luke, Lara and Caitlin who will be heading off to play football in the district final tomorrow. This week, our focus in homegroup maths will be on looking at data and averages, while in maths with 56D we will be looking at volume and capacity. On Wednesday, we are going to begin thinking about and writing scripts for our production at the end of term, while continuing to put together our research projects.


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?

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!

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.