Early in the morning, Year 5 students and teachers got on a bus to go to camp Curumbene. After a long four hours we happily arrived at camp. We were excited to do the activities which were; the awesome flying fox, the thrilling abseiling, canoeing, initiatives (working in groups to complete activities and orienteering (when you go around camp looking for items). We also had a games room with a ping pong table, foosball and a pool table. Even though it was raining most of the time, we still enjoyed our exciting activities.
On the second day we went to Echuca, to the Echuca Port Discovery Centre, where we learnt some interesting facts. We went to the border and put one foot in N.W.S and one foot in VIC! We also went on a steam boat. The steam boat called The Adelaide recently had her 150th birthday (The Adelaide is the oldest steam boat in the world!)
The following day we went to the Twisted Science Museum where we learnt about light. We wore special glasses that separated the different colours in white light. They had fun, scientific games and activities we could play with.
That evening we did astronomy. We could see the Milky Way stretching across the sky, through the telescopes. We also saw Jupiter, Saturn and a bunch of stars. Our astronomy guide had a cool laser pointer which he would shine up to the sky. He explained that in a couple years the light would reach the planets and stars he was talking about.
Camp was awesome!
Claudia and Zareef
History Box Incursion
On the 16th of June, Year 5 had their amazing history box incursion. We learnt about some interesting information on the founding of Australia, such as the first fleet, Captain Arthur Phillip, the convicts and famous people who helped shape Australia to what it is today.
While learning about Australian history, some people got to dress up as important people from Australia’s history like Arthur Phillip and Matthew Flinders. We learnt lots of interesting facts that we did not know at all before, really cool and funny facts such as:
- Convicts had to wear special outfits that made them look silly.
- There were many different convicts, like the very bad convicts who had to wear red-hot iron handcuffs around their ankles all the time, the normal convicts who had to labor for free settlers and really good convicts were pardoned and were allowed to become free settlers.
- Convicts, before going to Australia, would get a coin and rub it on the ground until the markings came off then they would write a message on the coin and give it to their loved ones. These were called love tokens.
- The English, to appease the Aboriginals, would give breast plates to particular Aboriginals that said King or Queen on them. Little did the they realise, the plates meant nothing to the English.
We did four different activities on the incursion and they were making your own breast plate out of tin, writing with quilts and ink, making love tokens out of clay and Naka-Naka, a game Aboriginal children played with pebbles.
Overall we think that the incursion was a fantastic experience we’ll never forget.
By Genevieve and Tom