Our School Year Comes To An End. Merry Christmas!

To celebrate the end of a fantastic year, today we had a special picnic at the beach.

We walked to the local beach park at 11.30am and enjoyed some games and activities in the park and on the sand. The students enjoyed making sand castles and playing cricket on the sand. The playground was also very popular.

Students brought their lunch and enjoyed eating and socialising in the picturesque environment. Barwon Heads is a beautiful part of the country and we are very lucky to have the beach so close to our school!

Here are some photos of the students enjoying their special outing.

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Tomorrow is the very last day of the school year. We have had a fantastic year and Miss Jordan is very proud of all of the 3/4C students.

This is a photo from the very start of the school year…

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And this photo was taken just last week…

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The slideshow below features a photo of each of the students from the very start of the year and the very end of the year. It is interesting to observe how each student has changed!

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Miss Jordan looks forward to welcoming her new grade three and four students in 2017. Hopefully the 2016 students continue to keep in touch and comment on our blog!

The 3/4C students, along with Miss Jordan, wish everyone a very Merry Christmas a wonderful holiday break!

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What did you enjoy about the picnic?

What has been your school highlight this year?

What are you most proud of?

What are you looking forward to doing on the holidays?

Sand Dune Revegetation

Today the grade four students walked to the sand dunes to do some revegetation in the area.

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Revegetation is the process of replanting and rebuilding the soil of disturbed land.

Anne, from the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, and Brett and Maddie, from Barwon Coast, met us at the sand dunes for our session. Anne and Maddie discussed some interesting facts about the dunes, including:

  • Hooded plovers nest in the dunes, which is why people should try to keep away from the area. They are a rare and threatened species.
  • Hooded plovers are different to the Spur Winged Plover (or Masked Lapwing), which are common and tend to swoop.
  • Foxes endanger the hooded plovers and their eggs.
  • Fox bait is placed in the dunes to keep foxes away. It is deadly for pets and humans.
  • It is very important to read the signs at the beach to comply with rules and regulations.

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We then laid branches on the sand path in the dunes to form brush matting. This helps to prevent people from standing on the new plants and protects the area to help it flourish. We planted bush grass plants amongst the brush matting.

We had a lot of fun learning more about our local environment and helping with the planting process. We should all try to care for our beautiful surroundings in every way that we can.

 The slideshow below shows us enjoying our revegetation experience!

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What did you think of the revegetation activity?

What did you learn from this experience?

How can people help to look after the sand dunes?

Our Melbourne Museum Excursion

As part of our First Contacts unit of work, the grade four students and teachers visited the Melbourne Museum.

We had an early start, as the museum is about an hour and a half away from our school.

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This is how our day unfolded…

8.00am: The buses departed from school.

10.00am: We arrived at the Melbourne Museum and watched Australia – Land Before Time at the IMAX theatre.

10.45am: Snack.

11.00pm: We visited the Wild exhibition.

11.30am: We explored the rest of the museum in groups.

12.30pm: Lunch.

1.00pm: We visited the First Peoples exhibition.

2.00pm: We left the museum.

3.30pm: We arrived back at school.

Here are some photos of our day

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What was your highlight of the day?

What was your favourite exhibition?

What did you learn?

Have you ever been to a museum or IMAX theatre before?