Playground Designers


Stage 2 have been investigating our built environment here at school – specifically our playground areas. They decided that our playground needed an upgrade and so went about deciding how they could change their environment so that it better suited the needs of the students at our school.

First they looked at the playground areas (Areas 6 & 7) and made a list of the things that these areas had, and the things that were missing (but necessary).

Next the students surveyed the rest of the school to find out the types of activities and structures that students of all ages would like to see in a school playground. The Stage 2 students then graphed the responses and were able to reach some conclusions about the types of activities that were popular across the school.

After that was the really fun bit – students worked in groups to design a playground area that incorporated the ideas that the rest of the school wanted. They could add anything they liked, as long as it fit the purposes of safety and need. The groups then used lots of recycled boxes and containers to bring their designs to life! Lots of glueing and taping and creating structures and play equipment!

Lastly students needed to present their model and ideas to the rest of the grade and then everyone would vote on the playground design that they liked the best. Groups had to write persuasive speeches to urge and influence the students and parents and teachers that their playground ideas were the best.

Congratulations to the winning team and their bid – Abdullah, Jessica, Nadia, Hennessey, Andrew and Adam from S2Magnolia.

Please have a look at the wonderful playgrounds designed by our students.

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Stage 2 Speeches


Stage 2 students have been busy all term with public speaking and writing interesting speeches. They have been learning about eye contact, stance, clarity, engaging introductions and using expression when speaking.

They have had lots of time to get better and better at speaking in front of their friends, their group and their class; but today they had to speak in front of the whole stage! It was very exciting but very nerve wracking as well :-)

Everyone gathered in the Library to hear the finalists speak on a number of interesting topics – including re-cycling, aliens, and being able to talk to animals!

The speakers were terrific – they used eye contact, spoke clearly and had funny and interesting things to talk about. Congratulations to the winners – Selafina, Abdullah and Solomone.

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Adopt a WW1 Veteran



Our school has an amazing memorial board dedicated to the “old boys” from Moorefields School who served in World War 1.

We will be researching these men to see what they got up to in WW1.

You will need to go straight to this site to search a data base for the information you will need.

National Archives

1. Go to the site


3. Type in  the veteran’s surname

4. Type in the dates from 1914 to 1920

5. Click SEARCH

6. Click on the digital version icon

7. Now you have your veteran’s service records and information!


An interesting site that you may like to explore is the “Adopt a Veteran” Page which is part of the NSW Government ANZAC Commemoration site.

Peter Dalton and the Call to War


Hello Stage 3 people,

I found this great interactive site about a boy deciding if he should enlist in the army and go to the First World War.

There are some interesting interactives to look at – background information about how the war started, who the enemy countries were, what Australia was like at the time.

Please spend some time looking through the information to broaden your knowledge about WW1, and think about the advice you would give to Peter Dalton.

What would you do??

Unfortunately the site does not work on the iPads, so you will need to use another type of tech to access the site.

Have fun :-)

Peter Dalton: Enlistment and the Call to War




Please leave a reply in the comments section – What would YOU tell Peter to do – join up or not?



Stage 2 and 3 Jade will be making book trailers this term.

To help us think about what we are wanting to produce I found this Prezi about Storyboarding.

Please watch it so that we can make the best Book Trailers ever!

What’s the Fuss About Smoking?


Watch this anti-smoking video:


How effective do you think it is?

Why is it effective?

Any other comments?


This episode of Behind the News looks at smoking and the ways in which governments make laws to protect people.

Smoking Danger:

What do you think about smoking?

Should governments ban smoking?

What evidence do you have to support your views?


Look carefully at this KIDS FACT SHEET for important information about smoking.

Safety On and Near Roads


Here are some links for Stage 3 to use as they explore the issues around Road Safety and Schools.

Use these sites to get a “big picture” view of real world statistics and information from these government websites.

What you find out from these sites will help you come up with answers for the next part of our explorartion!

Pedestrians and Safety

World Health Organization – Road Traffic Injuries

World Health Organization – Infographic

World Health Organization – Child Injury Prevention

Did you find any shocking, worrying, or surprising information? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Digital Citizen Project


We are well on the way in our Digital Citizen Project this week. All groups are busy planning exactly what they will use in their presentations.

Now …

it gets CREATIVE!

Each group is making sure that their project is attention grabbing, different and special.

Some groups are using photos, animations, movies, stories, cartoons and puppets to make their plan interesting and applicable to the age group who will be their audience.

Great work – keep on thinking :-)

Any questions that need clearing up? Ask them in the comments section below. 

Poetry Project


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Well Stage 3 people, it’s time to get moving on your “Poetry Project”.

To help you along, with videos, suggestions, links etc I have set up an Edmodo account that I would like you to join.

Edmodo is a safe, online learning space – you will have to get the joining code from me – and then you can join up and have access to lots of resources and help as you need it.

Click on this Edmodo image for the link to the Edmodo sign in page ……