Potatoes for St Patrick’s Day

Part of the year 3/4 curriculum is learning about different celebrations that are celebrated in different cultures around the world. M10 and M11 took our learning to a very yummy level today, not only learning about the reasons behind the celebration of St Patrick’s Day but also having  a delicious shared lunch of baked potatoes.

Some of the facts we learned are:

  • St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17.
  • Lots of people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day.
  • The shamrock, pot-of-gold and leprechans are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck.
  • The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy and if someone catches a leprechaun, he will be forced to tell where he hides all his pots of gold.

Here we are enjoying our yummy potatoes for St Patrick’s Day

Hockey 1, Hockey 2, Hockey M10

Today we were lucky enough to be visited by some people from Hockey SA. They shared some tips with us about the basics of playing hockey. We learnt about the safety equipment used and then how to hold and use a hockey stick properly. We then got to have a go at the basics of dribbling and stopping a hockey ball.

We also learnt a lot about just how skilled our Australian National teams are.

Did you know the Kookaburras, the Australian men’s team have won a medal at every Olympic hockey tournament since the 1992 Games in Barcelona?

Did you also know that the Hockeyroos, the Australian women’s team won back-to-back gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games?

Now that we know what a fun sport this is, we are certainly going to keep an eye on these hockey teams when the Rio Olympics start up later in the year.

Here we are having a go at our hockey skills


My Place

my-place This term we are reading Nadia Wheatley’s marvellous book My Place. This book chronicles the lives of children living on the same patch of land in New South Wales and records how the children and the land change as each decade passes. It is a great resource for learning about Australian history as the book takes us on a journey from before the arrival of Europeans right up until recent times.

This book has also been made into a children’s television series by the ABC and after we have read different decades of the book, we will also view the episodes and compare how the book and series differ.

The ABC has a great website which provides lots of information about the book, the series and the eras of history it covers which the students will enjoy exploring as well.

The website can be found by clicking here

Fantastic Feedback

Mrs Morris and I were amazed on Friday 18 December when this comment came through on Mrs Morris’ blog post about our end of year performance.

Wow, what a great performance! Everybody really got into the spirit of the song and sang it so well. I love the Victorian costumes and the props and pictures that go with the lyrics. This is one of the best renditions I’ve seen, well done everyone!

Merry Christmas


The Florin Street Band

It was fantastic of Leigh (the lead singer who was being performed by Jack in our concert) to take the time to not only look at our end of year performance video, but to also send you all such wonderful feedback.

Well done everyone!

Our Year in Review

To finish off our work on writing recounts for the year, the children have written reviews of what they liked about this year and what their wishes are for next year. They are a very honest account of their likes and dislikes and we hope you enjoy reading them and chatting more with your child about theirs. Continue reading

Our Assembly

Today, it was our turn to host the school assembly and the children did a fantastic job as hosts. Here are some pictures to share with you from the event.


Looking Victorian and Fantastic Too!

We just thought we would share with you all some of the great costumes and some behind the scenes photos from tonight’s end of year concert performance. Many thanks go to all the families who supported us by sourcing all these great outfits so that the children looked so wonderful on stage!

Remembrance Day 2015

On the 11th of November at 11:00am, Modbury West School stopped to commemorate Remembrance Day. Previously in the week, we had created poppies and learnt about the significance of these as part of the commemoration. Prior to the assembly we laid our poppies in the garden with the poppies created by all the other students in the school. It was a very special time and allowed the students to think about the sacrifices that have been made.

We also read Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For The Fallen” and discussed the lines which we would hear read at the commemoration ceremony

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

We thought we would share with you some of the images from our poppy laying this morning.



We were very sorry to say goodbye on Friday to one of our classmates, who is moving to another school next term. The students wrote some very moving messages on the signature bear we all signed for her. To make the day even more special, we all enjoyed the class party with all the lovely food the students brought along.

This student’s family have been very active in our school community for a long time now and will be very missed by all of us. We wish them all the very best in their move and know they will have a great time in their new community.


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Koko and Kev: the travel buddies

This week we have Koko the koala and Kev the kiwi visiting with us. These travel buddies are visiting schools all around the world and sharing their adventures in each place on their blog: plctravelbuddies.blogspot.com.au The travel buddies started off in the school of a teacher friend of Mrs Knipe’s in Sydney and so far have travelled around Australia and then have visited schools New Zealand, Malaysia and England. We enjoyed reading about all their adventures, though we were a little jealous of the school in Malaysia that had a huge swimming pool as part of their grounds! This is a great chance for us to practice all of our cybersafety and digital citizenship skills for a real audience and we are having a great time writing up information about what our school days are like at Modbury West and sharing some of the highlights of our school via photos.

Here is a photo of all of us with Kev and Koko and we will share some more information about what we have been up to with you soon.