Olympian Visit

Unit 1, M10 and M11 were also lucky enough to be visited by an actual Olympian. Ms Leanne Trimboli, a parent in our school community, who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as part of the women’s soccer competition.

Her visit was a wonderful experience, with the children able to see and touch the actual Olympic uniforms and equipment as well as hear fascinating stories of what it was like to actually compete in an Olympic Games. We would like to thank Leanne for her time and the wonderful learning opportunity she provided for our classes. Here are some photos of the experience and the children’s thoughts about this special visit.

“I think it was good that an Olympian came to our school because it rarely happens. Her name was Leanne Trimboli and she played in the 2000 Olympics in Australia Sydney. She played football [soccer] she got to warm up in the S.C.G. short for Sydney Cricket Ground. I like that she passed her things around like the soccer ball she played with, jacket, boots and her guernsey. She was a Goalkeeper, Number 18. She played 3 games for the Matildas at the Olympics.”  Darias

“In the music room M10, M11 and U1 met an Olympian called Leanne Trimboli. She played soccer. (I also play soccer). She was one of the goalies. I liked it when she passed around some of the stuff she got at the Olympics. I also liked it when we watched some videos of her olympics. She played in the Olympics in 2000 in Canberra and then she went to Sydney and played there too. We watched the gold medal winner Simon Fairweather and touched his winning arrow. At the end Daniel got his t-shirt signed and Marco got his soccer ball signed.”  Harry

“Today, on the 10th of August M10, M11 and U1 met Leanne Trimboli an Olympian from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Her event was football/soccer. She went on unpaid leave for a year to train. Leanne went to the Institute of Sport and trained. Leanne was chosen to be one of two goalies. She showed us lots of souvenirs from the Olympics which included Simon Fairweather’s arrow, her many jackets, her soccer top, the men’s baseball top, and her training soccer ball. It was amazing to meet an Olympian.” Jazzy

“On the 10th of August 2016, Leanne Trimboli, an Olympian from the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, visited our school. Leanne gave us a talk and showed us some videos about the Olympic Games. When she was talking, she was talking about what it was like to be an Olympian and what it felt like. Football (also known as soccer) was the sport she played. We all got to look and touch some of her things including, Simon Fairweather’s arrow, her football boots and her shirts and jackets!” Danika

“When Leanne came it was really cool. She brought in lots of her Olympic things even Simon Fairweather’s arrow – he was a gold medallist. I liked when she told us about before the opening ceremony and how it was really loud. Leanne played soccer in the Olympics. We watched a few videos from the 2000 Olympics. She let us touch the things she brought in and we got to ask questions. Daniel got his soccer top signed too.”  Alicia

Here are some of the special photos we took on the day of all the wonderful memorabilia we got to see and touch!

How to Create an Olympian

In M10 we have been looking at the features of procedural texts as well as learning about the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. We have combined our two learning areas to write this recipe of “How to Create an Olympian”. As a class we read and watched interviews with current Olympians about what they had to do so they were chosen to compete in the Olympic Games. Here is what we think it takes to be an Olympian

How to Create an Olympian


1 litre of passion for your sport

10 cups practice and training

9 cups of physical fitness

1 kilogram of persistence

1 bucket of goals

5 litres discipline

750mL good sportsmanship

500g pride

500g dedication

5 cups of sacrifices made

200g of resilience

150g mental strength

1-2 cups of motivation

1 cup leadership skills

5 tbsp positive attitude

3 tbsp healthy diet

6 tsp being an ambassador for your country

4 tbsp focus

3 tsp inspiration

6 mL teamwork

4mL love challenges

60g do your best

50g competitiveness

45g have fun

Other necessary equipment

good coach

supportive family

good team mates

strong role models


1.       Start with 1 litre of passion for your chosen sport and squeeze in 5 tbsp of positive attitude.

2.       Add to this passion, 1 bucket full of goals, 3 tsp inspiration, 1-2 cups of motivation and mix this together with some strong role models.

3.       Stir gently with a supportive family and then add 50g of competitiveness and 45g of having fun. Sprinkle in 500g of dedication and stir through 5 cups of practice and training.

4.       To this mixture, fold in 150g of mental strength, 5 cups of sacrifices made, 9 cups of physical fitness and 1 kilogram of persistence. Add in 3 tbsp of healthy diet and mix until smooth.

5.       Leave the mixture to rise, then whisk through another 5 cups of practice and training combined with a good coach.

6.       Quickly pour 5 litres of discipline into the mix and melt through with 750mL of good sportsmanship. Drop in 60g of doing your best before the mixture dries.

7.       Now spoon through 6 mL of teamwork and combine this with good team mates.

8.       Crush in 200g of resilience and then bake until it has risen to great heights.

9.       In a separate bowl, mix by hand 1 cup of leadership skills, 6 tsp of being an ambassador for your country, 4 tbsp of focus and finally add 4mL of a love of challenges. Beat this together until it is nice and smooth. Collect mixture from oven and then spread this topping over the baked mixture.

10.   Finally dust the finished mixture with 500g pride in yourself and your achievements.


As long as you want to achieve your goals it doesn’t matter what age you are, what gender you are, what religion you are, what colour skin you have or what country you come from. You just need to be made up of these ingredients to succeed!

Wadjiny – A performance for NAIDOC Week

Troy Allen, an Aboriginal person from Bundjalung Goori (East Coast) of Australia came to Modbury West School for NAIDOC Week on the 6th of July.

Troy played the digeridoo. He showed us the plain spear which you can only throw from a short distance but if you use a spear thrower it goes longer distances. There were two boomerangs and one was smaller than the other. One was a returning boomerang which was used for hunting birds and the larger one was used for hunting larger animals like kangaroos and emus. He explained how the Aboriginal people only hunted for food that they needed not for fun. There was an Emu Dance and two kids from every class performed.  There was a gathering food dance too and every female teacher chose a girl from their class to pretend to be a mum teaching their daughter how to get food. Last but not least Mr Oliver and Troy made fire by using rubbing sticks.


Isaac, Ashley and Alicia

Being safe near dogs!

The year 3s from M10, M12 and M13 went to a dog visit at the school hall. Ms Kerrie showed us a dog and it was beautiful. The dogs colour was black and white.We learnt that dogs need food, water and toys to live. After the visit we all got dog stickers and safety information.  Three students from each class could pat the dog.

Here are some photos that we took of the visit.

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Letting the dog get to know you

Letting the dog get to know you

the dog getting to know our smell

the dog getting to know our smell

Showing us how to approach a dog

Showing us how to approach a dog


Tanvita and Rakshit

Lucas Proudfoot visit

On the Tuesday 26 May, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Lucas Proudfoot who is  a member of the Tweed Coast Aboriginal/ South Sea Islander communities who has a background in both music and dance. Lucas uses his many talents to perform a one-man show that was highly interactive and informative about Australian Indigenous cultures.

Here are some photos of the performance and what the children thought of this event.

“I think his performance was multi-cultural because of the great music. I think he had a great sense of humour and a great voice. He is a great didgeridoo player and a great guitar player. I learnt that Aboriginals lived a really long time ago and that they lived in Australia.” Ned

“I think he was good at the guitar and the didgeridoo and singing.  He was very proud on stage and he was very funny. He told us about where he lives and where his friends live.” Jack

“I think he was good at the didgeridoo and the guitar. The music was amazing and he was so funny.” Tom

“At the performance we got to know a bit about Lucas and his culture. He was Aboriginal. Two lucky people from our class got to come up. I felt also feel very happy because I’m Aboriginal plus we have five other Aboriginal people in our class. He was so funny that Mr Reid’s face was red, he was laughing that hard.” Tamsyn

“I think the performance was multicultural because of the fantastic DIFFERENT music he played there. A didgeridoo is an instrument that the Aboriginals played a long time ago and they still play it. He is really  good didgeridoo player and a really good guitar player too.” Rakshit

“When Lucas Proudfoot came to our school he showed us where he came from he came from – near the edge of Queensland kind of near NSW and I now know which states didn’t play the didgeridoo not Western Australia not South Australia or Victoria.” Hope

“At the performance he was telling us information about the Aboriginals and how they got the didgeridoo. People came up to dance in front of the audience, the boys also came up to play the didgeridoo. I personally liked it because my cousin came up to dance. He’s a really funny guy.” Rebekah

“I thought it was a really good performance, Lucas was really funny. I got picked to play the didgeridoo I was shocked when I got picked but when I played it I thought I was pretty good. There  were two kids both sides of me they were good too.”  Lachlan

“On Tuesday Lucas Proudfoot came to our school to perform. I thought that Lachlan was good at playing the didgeridoo and thought it was a bit funny. It made me feel happy in my heart that I am Aboriginal.” Raiden