Indigenous Australians have a real sense of Place!

As we explored the idea of people and places being connected in our new inquiry we looked at how Aboriginal people are very connected to the land.  They welcome people to country, include aerial views of the land in their artwork and tell stories which usually include landforms! 

As we explored this idea, we created artworks using traditional icons and symbols to illustrate the stories we wrote about “the place in the picture”.  Here is William’s artwork and story.


Great job, William!  You put a great deal of care and thought into this creating this artwork with all the dot painting – and typing up your story.  A very professional result!

Mrs Veary 😎

Triathlon Success for Lottie and Shiloh

Both Lottie and Shiloh participated in the Year 3 Triathlon event earlier this term.  Here are two reports written by them to let you know what it was like!  

Editor’s note: My apologies to both Lottie and Shiloh.  This post was created and has been sitting unnoticed, waiting for the photos to be published.  It was a job well done, girls (both the racing and the writing) – thank you for sharing the experience!  Mrs Veary

On Friday the 25th of August 2017 I went to Triathlon, but I forgot my bathers and my bike. It was disappointing. Then my mum came and brought them.

Everyone had to do swimming first. All the Year Threes had to go last at swimming. The Year 5s and Year 6s had to do two laps of everything, except bike riding. We had to jump in the water then start doing freestyle, get out then put on our shoes and put our helmets on, then run with our bikes until a certain point. There we had to get on our bikes, go to the BMX track, then come back. I accidentally skipped the BMX track but I kept riding to the end. After we had ridden our bikes, we had to run around the oval near the Rec Centre before we had to run through the park. At the end of the park there was a big inflatable balloon, which we had to run under to get our medals.

It was my first experience of Triathlon. It was very exciting and I came third out of all the Year Threes!

Written by Shiloh

My Big Day at Triathlon

On Friday we had Triathlon and we had to train every Friday for it. But on the day we had to bike ride, run and swim. We lined up in groups and when Charlie blew the whistle, we set off and ran into the water and swam around. Then we hopped out and started running around to our bikes. We got our shoes on and got on our bikes and rode off as fast as we could. We had to follow the Mums and Teachers’ hands for directions. When we finished riding we hopped off our bikes and put it in our base. We ran across the oval. I ran to the finish line and that was the end of my first Triathlon.

Written by Lottie Wood

Some of our exciting projects this term!

We have had so much fun this term alone with our learning and here are some of the highlights.

  1. Pyjama Day fundraiser for “Save the Children Fund”.  You all really look SO tired….you must have been working really hard before this photo…

2. Making Clay Stamps with Tracey and Ian Dowling.

This is a slideshow of Ian Dowling’s visit where we made clay stamps based on our wetlands visit last term.  Our stamps will be used to create Ian’s sculpture for the new school.  What a lovely idea it was to share our creative energy in this way.  🙂  (Thanks, Tracey!)

Clay Art with Tracey and Ian Dowling on PhotoPeach

3.  Arley winning the Junior Journo writing competition…

4. Our highest fundraisers for the Fun Run – raising money towards computer equipment at our school.  Well done!   😎

That’s why being part of a learning community is so much fun!  Great work everybody!

Mrs Veary 🙂


Podcast 4 – Term 4

Congratulations to Mason, Rory, Luca V, Luca G and William for this high quality podcast, with commentary on the Go-karts, Westpac helicopter visit and among other things, giving us an up-to-the-minute rundown on what weather to expect for the week!  🙂  [Scroll down and press the arrow to play the podcast.]


Enjoy!   Mrs Veary 🙂



Good morning everybody and welcome to your relief teacher for the day!  🙂  Here is your work for the day.  Please help your teacher by showing him or her the Maths Modules we use in rotating groups with teacher (they are in a bundle on my desk with a lacky around them and you will see a yellow, blue, purple etc. piece of card separating the different maths groups’ booklets.)

This morning instead of ROTATING MATHS GROUPS, we will be doing whole class activities, so you all need to work thoughtfully and do your best work without disturbing other who might take a little longer at the task than you.  Fast Finishers: you can go on the computers ONLY to finish all your tasks ON STUDYLADDER!!  Wordsleuth experts (Luca and Luca), can you please show your teacher and make a wordsleuth for ALL OF THE CLASS TO DO, using these words – then print 22 copies. This wordsleuth is for any fast finishers and if there is spare time during the day!  Great challenge people!

Here are the words:

places             celebrations               temperatures              weather               climate

forecast         tropical                        temperate                   polar                   equator  arid                 desert                          culture                        zones                  people population     languages                    currency                    neighbouring      Australia        countries                      inquiry                       multiplication

That should make a challenging wordsleuth for everybody to do later today – using all the words from our inquiry: Places Near and Far.  😎


9 – 11: FITNESS – your choice but students might show you Heroes or Tepees out on the oval

MATHS – 1. ALL STUDENTS TO DO THE TEST (back two pages of their MULTIPLICATION MATHS MODULE) – which are on my desk as explained above – coloured card indicates different maths groups and in a bundle on my desk.

MATHS – 2. AREA DICE GAME – students played this yesterday in pairs.  The dice and gameboards (A3 sheets with gameboards coloured in texta at various stages – names on each) should be on my desk under the window or on little table next to my desk near flowers….just have a look.  They all know how to play using multiplication.

INQUIRY – MUDMAPS   All students need to draw a mudmap of their home and neighbourhood which will go onto their MY PLACE SHEETS.  Today get students to draw their mudmaps in pencil first – size is important! as they need to fit onto the final 2-page spread we are creating – so please give out half an A4 sheet of paper!   Go over what they look like in MY PLACE the book – look on my desk and talk to students ( I have their booklets with me unfortunately, to mark) – X to mark their place and labels to indicate what is around them and any interesting facts.  When you are happy with them, they need to use colour to make them good copies.  Discuss using a key or legend.   This is a task which will show what they have learned and needs to be done with thought and care.


After recess please check when but there will be a Year 3 Presentation Assembly practice in the undercover area.  Students need to line up in their pairs as practised from shortest to tallest (they know who their partners are) and you will be leading in after room 5 and before room 7.  I am sorry I am not there for it but do a really good job!

Depending on how long this takes, finish mudmaps or practise song (using Dolphinkids) and the Smartboard Monitors will set this up for the class.

LUNCH – Duty in Forest area first lunch


Last ten minutes after packing up for LOTE, sing the song one more time and

REMINDERS:  Tomorrow is your Year 3 Presentation Assembly and you need to come to school looking your best – uniform, hair etc, so plan your shoes, clothes and get a good night’s sleep.   🙂


Have a great day everybody and I will try to put up the PODCAST later this morning, so check back in to listen after recess!   (Hit the refresh button).

Mrs Veary 😎