Tag Archives: Junior School

Year 4 Students Travel to Sydney for a Memorable Colonial History Experience

What! I’m married to a convict! Not happening!  My day is getting worse by the minute.  On our exciting Year 4 excursion we went on a walking tour around Sydney and we had to act like convicts.  We also had a class with lessons afloat.  We arrived at Shark Island and the view was amazing.  We had to name things that started with ‘s’. Shark Island was our favourite part of the day.  We love Sydney! By Layla and Gabby

The scorching sun was burning down on our skin.  The view of the harbor was breathtaking.  We boarded the ship.  Crewman Adam directed us to our seats.  The waves splashed up against our boats as we sailed across the deep, blue sea.  Once in the boat, we soon arrived at Shark Island.  There were amazing sites and lovely flowers.  Shortly after we left Shark Island we got to dress up as convicts, which was our favourite part of the day. By Amelia and Ocea

“I can’t believe it! I’m 10 years old and I have a husband! Ummm, what’s his name again … ahh yes, James Bloodworth.”  Then I started thinking, “Isn’t it against the law to have a husband at the age of 10? Anyway, I’ll just go with the flow.”  I loved to be able to get a sense of how it would have been to be in the First Fleet.  Year 4 got to learn about convict early settlement while doing the Sydney Rocks Walking Tour.  My favourite part was knowing that, if I had been a convict, I would have had 8 kids running around my home. By Zahra

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Interactive Experiences Enjoyed by All at the Murrook Culture Centre

On Monday 21st August 3F and 3B students travelled to the Murrook Culture Centre.

“It was a long bus ride, so when we arrived we had our recess and broke into groups. After that we went to see a smoking ceremony. That’s what they do if someone dies, gets married or if a baby is born. Then the Indigenous guides, Chris and Steve sang a song about God while we watched the smoke. Chris taught us how to speak “Gutung” and it was fun.  After that we got to do some painting of Aboriginal art on canvas. We could choose to trace some animal stencils and do dot paintings. They looked great! Next, we had lunch and played on the oval. After lunch we went to see how didgeridoos were made and saw some Indigenous artefacts. The boys got to play the didgeridoos and the girls played the sticks.Then we got to do a funny dance and had our faces painted with white ochre. Last of all we got to throw returning boomerangs. It was super fun! We said goodbye to Chris and Steve and thanked them for having us. Then we went back to school on the bus. We had such a great day!” By Amelia B and Alarna M (3B)

“For the welcoming ceremony Steve put a fire on and added green leaves so it would produce a lot of smoke. They walked through the smoke and released all their bad energy. Then Chris said some words in Wallimia language then translated it into English for us.  For our painting activity we used mini canvas, paints, brushes and stencils to create our own little story with aboriginal dot art. It was interesting to see and hear all the different picture stories.  Then we learned a traditional dance, which required us to put on paint, learn the moves, show our friends. There are certain animals to their dancing as well the ones we learnt were the kangaroo and emu. Then we looked at different artefacts that were used in hunting, gathering and cooking, such as spears, plates and cutting down materials.  We were able to come up and choose our favourite artefacts. One of the kids chose an occer (Oh-ker) which makes different colours when rubbed against a rock (red, white and yellow). Red is for boys, yellow is for girls and white is for everyone.  We each got a turn at throwing a boomerang. There were three different types: returning, non returning and hunting boomerang. We threw two different sizes of returning ones, the big one was the easiest.” By Eva (3F)

Please click here for a selection of images from the day, on our Facebook Gallery.

The Latest 5/10ths Program Delivers Food, Facts and Friendships

On Friday 30th June, Year 5 and Year 10 convened for the next round of their 5/10ths Mentoring Program!  Here are some reports from the Year 5 students about their experiences spending time with the Seniors and bonding over food, facts and friendships.

I really enjoyed the 5/10ths trivia day. It was really cool getting to meet people in Year Ten and getting to know them. The trivia was really great. We were asked a variety of questions and we had to discuss them in our groups and decide what the answer was. My favourite part was getting to have pizza for lunch. We were given lots of pizza to share in our group. I really loved chatting to the Year Ten’s as we shared pizza and even though we didn’t win the trivia I still had an awesome time. I am really excited to hear what fun and exciting activity we will be doing with them at the end of next term. Samantha C

5/10ths was absolutely awesome!!!!!! We had a tricky and fun quiz which got our brains working. There were questions about all sorts of topics like sports, music and other forms of general knowledge. Our team put on our thinking caps to share our answers. The pizza was absolutely scrumptious! I enjoyed sharing half a pizza with my friend. What a lively afternoon it was. Rebekah M

The Trivia Afternoon was so cool working together with the Year Ten’s. It was fun discussing answers all together and doing different topics like trying to guess different songs from the radio. The best bit of the Trivia Afternoon for me was eating hot pizza and combining with the Year 10’s and making friends with them.  Sienna C  

The Year Five’s and Year Ten’s did a trivia together at the end of last term. For lunch, we had pizza and it was scrumdiddlyumptious. We had to work as a team to answer some trivia questions. It was a bit challenging but at the same time, I can’t wait to do something else next end of term with the Year Ten’s James H

Register Now for the Term 3 Holiday Program

The Term 3 School Holidays are only a few weeks away.  There is a great opportunity for students to participate in the annual Kids Club Holiday Program!

The “High Seas Expedition” is fun daily program for children aged from Kindergarten to Year 6, where they will meet lots of new friends, moving between each activity in guided groups and explore the love of God on a journey that can change them forever!

This program is a free daily program between 3rd July and 7th July, delivered by the team at the Wallsend Church on the Macquarie College campus.

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Click Here for more information and the Program website.

Year 2 Retrace the Steps of Newcastle’s Maritime History

By Jackson C (2W)

On Tuesday, May 2nd  Year 2 went on an excursion to the Newcastle Maritime Museum. We went because we are learning about our harbour.  We met a man named Frank, he showed us around the Museum. Then we watched a video of what Newcastle might look like in one hundred years. I learnt quite a lot. I learnt what cargo is and I also learnt a lot of boat names like a paddle-steamer and butcher boat. I also learnt that the people who worked on the butcher boats were called stevedores, this name comes from the Spanish word estibar. After the museum tour we went on a long walk. We had to look at what rubbish was in the harbour, Sam H and I spotted 258 cigarette butts! We also had to count the transport we could see on the harbour. Next we arrived at Nobbys Beach and did a sketch of the view. I was glad it was over when we got to the bus because I was tired. It was a fun and tiring day.

By Samuel D (2W)

Last week Year 2 went to Newcastle Harbour to learn all about our amazing harbour.  First we went to the Maritime Museum. We saw boats on the ceiling and on the ground, some were models. After that we walked to Nobby’s Beach. Along the way we spotted lots of boats and some rubbish. We even saw a shoe. Then we arrived at Nobbys Beach. We sketched a picture of a natural, built or managed area.  In the end we walked back to the bus. I felt happy and tired at the same time.