INFORMATION ON CHINESE NEW YEAR – everything you need to know about Chinese New Year.  Look in your booklet to see what you need to find out then click on the headings on the right-hand side menu of this website.  Facts and videos…

This PDF also tells you more about how people prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.  You may need these facts to answer your workbook.CHINESE NEW YEAR PREPARATIONS

All About Phar Lap

You are probably wondering just why Phar Lap (a horse) became so popular with Australians…

  • Who was Phar Lap?
  • What made him so special as a racehorse?
  • Try to explain just why Australians loved him so much? (It was more than just watching a racehorse?)

You can find some of that information in your booklet, but let’s also have a look at the information in THE MUSEUMS VICTORIA site.

or in this video clip PHAR LAP – A NATIONAL TREASURE.[see Phar Lap’s Hide clip]

Now, can you explain why Phar Lap was so important to the nation at that time?

Just as a treat, here is a video clip (from the movie, “Phar Lap”) of Phar Lap and Jimmy Pike winning the Melbourne Cup in 1930.  NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA 


You worked really well at all the different activities on offer on Friday. Origami is a very traditional Japanese craft and your Samurai helmets looked great. The carp flags to fly at your house to show how many boys are in your family on Kodomohi looked great. The dolls also looked very colourful. Some people still have to finish some of their crafts, but here you can see how good they looked. Well done, people! Mrs Veary 🙂

Mark to Visit Again

This photo will remind you of the very interesting things Mark Bonshore told us when he visited our class a couple of weeks ago.
img_0266-smallHe showed us a map of the Noongar language groups in the South West and explained how there were many different language groups within that too.

He also talked about the Noongar seasons and how people used plants instead of a calendar to tell them when to move to the coast or away from the coast to the woodland areas, and what food would be available.  Indigenous life revolved around the environment and the people lived in close relationship with the environment.  They had to live sustainably (making sure nothing was used up or ran out in the future) and it was really important to keep the balance and follow the order of the cycle of the seasons.

Mark told us stories about the special creatures which live in the South West:

  • the bream that only live in that particular waterway;
  • the mullet who go temporarily blind as they leave the river to re-enter the sea – so the people were able to spear them easily;
  • the purple python (Dreamtime Wagul) around Albany at the time of European settlement, which is now extinct;
  • when the Sheoak Tree flowers, it is time to hunt kangaroos.  The kangaroos eat the flowers from the She-Oak Tree (which are poisonous if eaten by people), but the kangaroos store the special medicines from the flowers in the fat along their backs, so by hunting the kangaroo, people could eat the medicine from the tree safely too.
  • The Ngari (Salmon) run which was the size of the oval from Perth to Esperance; and
  • how indigenous people used to build fish traps to catch fish.

We could have listened to his stories all day, but now we have the chance to hear from him again.  Mark will be coming to share his culture and stories with us again on Tuesday at 12.10p.m.  😎

Showtime in Margaret River!

Last weekend I saw a couple of our kids enjoying the show…..

and I was amazed to see Lucy had won a prize for her incredible felt work!


This is a great introduction to our next inquiry as the Show is a celebration of farm life and farm products as well as celebrating our community in Margaret River!  🙂  You can also have a look at the School Blog here to see the post about the show.  You might recognise some people….


In Australia we celebrate special people for their values and for their big achievements with the Australian of the Year Awards.  Read about them on this website. 

Sometimes we celebrate things that are not big wins or a huge success.  They are still special because of the WAY those people acted and the special values they lived up to. Watch this video clip of Eric the Eel.  Answer this question: Why did everybody celebrate and cheer this achievement when it was so slow for an Olympic swimming event? What was it about Eric and the way he acted that made people cheer and celebrate?