Barwon Water Excursion

Our inquiry learning question for Term 4 is:

Where does our water come from?

We found the answer when we went to West Barwon Reservoir in the Otway Ranges last week.






Here is the ‘information report’ from  our day.

The Geelong Water Supply comes from West Barwon Reservoir.

The Otway Ranges are close to the southern coastline near Lorne.

It rains alot high up in the mountains and the rainoff from the mountains form two rivers-

Munday Creek and West Barwon River.

When Geelong was settled and required a continuous clean water supply, it was decided that a huge wall would be constructed where the rivers met.

A huge reservoir now exists with the mountains surrounding and a reliable supply of rain falling in the catchment area.

The reservoir is presently near capacity- 97% full.

During the drought years the levels fell below 25% and LLPS students saw a very different reservoir to the huge reservoir of water today.

The water is channelled down to Wurdee Boluc were it is treated. The treatment plant is down the mountains so the open channels flow due to gravity.

The process gives us pure, clean drinking water through a network of pipes that range from huge pipes that adults can stand inside to the little pipes that lead to your kitchen tap.

Once water is used in your home it becomes waste water. It  goes down your drain on another journey to keep our lives healthy, clean and safe.

Our message is to never take our water supply for granted.

Water is precious- more precious that gold!
Barwon Water Excursion on PhotoPeach

National Water Week, 2012

This week is National Water Week in Australia.

National Water Week aims to raise public awareness and improve understanding of water issues in Australia.

The theme for this year’s National Water Week is “Valuing Our Water”.

There is a logo for National Water Week that makes us think about never taking our water supply for granted.

The three important words are PROTECT, CONSERVE AND GET INVOLVED.

National Water Week Posters on PhotoPeach

We conducted our own ‘National Water Week’ poster competition in MLY.

The judges decided that the winning entries belong to:

Courtney, Bridie, Serena

Congratulations on excellent posters that persuade everyone to ‘value our water’.

The Water Cycle Song

This term our Integrated Studies unit is called ‘Turning on the Waterworks’.

One of our enquiry questions is: Where does our water supply come from?

We will investigate this important question over the next few weeks.

This week we will begin at the beginning: ‘THE WATER CYCLE’

Clever and talented teachers from around the world have made up songs and raps for their students.

We can use our blog to vote for our favourite teaching vid for The Water Cycle.


Can you make up a song to explain The Water Cycle?

Barwon Water will be a valuable site for us to visit.

National Water Week will be celebrated next week. We are encouraged to ‘protect, conserve and get involved’ in appreciating our water supply. The poster competition is an annual event for Australian schools.

Usain Bolt-The Fastest Man in the World

Usain Bolt comes from Jamaica.
Jamaica is an island paradise in the Caribbean Sea.

The people speak a mixture of English and African.

The music from Jamaica is famous. It is called reggae music.

Bob Marley made this a favourite type of music for everyone to enjoy.

Zoom out from Google Earth to find where Jamaica is on the map of the world.

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Usain grew up in Jamaica and went on to become the fastest man in the world at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the World Championships in 2010.

He currenly holds the 100m record of 9.58 secs.

Usain also runs the 200m and the 4×100 relay.

Here is a television interview with Usain Bolt.

Your task this week will be to write an  autobiography about Usain Bolt.  You will create the personality of the fastest man on Earth. Some people say he can be arrogant.

Your second writing task this week will be to prepare an interview with a partner.

One of you will be the television reporter and the other will act as Usain.

Study him carefully as acting awards will be given out.


Let the Games Begin

We are really enjoying learning about the Olympic Games.

The history of the Ancient Olympics is interesting and it is clear that the traditions of this great celebration continues in the modern Olympic Games.

The athletes have committed their lives to this event.

What emotions do you feel as you watch the effort, concentration and reaction of these wonderful sportsmen and sportswomen?

 The best way for us to express our emotions is through poetry.

Cinquain poems are easy to write. Here is the model.

The title of our poems will be:


Can you hear the emotion in the voices of our fantastic poets?


Here are our explanations of The Ancient Olympics.

Please leave a comment about our work.
MLY’s Explanations. ‘The Ancient Olympics’ on PhotoPeach

Term 3 Begins!

Our inquiry unit has two parts this term.

Our work for the first four weeks will be about the 2012 London Olympic Games.


During the month of ‘The Olympic Games’, our work will explore these focus questions.

What is the history and tradition of the Modern Olympic Games?

What are the Olympic sports and who are some of the Olympic heroes?

At the end of the month our class will have some deep understandings. These should include:

* Major events require strategic planning.

* Countries of the world come together to celebrate and recognize sporting achievements.

* The Games provide historical and cultural learning opportunities.


The Olympic Games Project is a MI (multiple intelligences) project.

According to Professor Howard Gardner from Harvard University, people’s abilities , intelligences and interests can be isolated into eight subjects. We like to call them our ‘Smarts’.

  • Spatial-(Art Smart)
  • Linguistic-(Word Smart)
  • Logical-mathematical-(Maths Smart)
  • Bodily-kinesthetic- (Sport Smart)
  • Musical-(Music Smart)
  • Interpersonal- (People Smart)
  • Intrapersonal- (self Smart)
  • Naturalistic- (Nature Smart)

Students are encouraged to attempt activities that they are  interested in.

On the other hand, students may prefer to choose activities that they find challenging. For example, the sporty kids might like to explore a music topic rather than try the triathlon.

Presentation is always important and you may like to keep this particular project as a momento of  ‘The 2012 London Olympic Games’. 


The link will take you to the excellent official site for Australia- The London Olympic Games.

Please find the project on the HOMEWORK tab at the top of the page.

An Alternative Lifestyle

This week we will begin our narrative writing with a study of an alternative lifestyle.

We are proud to live Australia, where  we can choose to live anywhere we like.

We can work hard and earn all the rewards for a comfortable lifestyle or….

we can choose to roam around like the  main character of our narrative this week.

He is a ‘traveller of the road’- in the olden days there were many such people and they were called swaggies.

John Williamson composed a song about a swaggie.

It is called:

Humpin’ My Bluey’. Click on the iTunes link to listen.

08 Humpin’ My Bluey

Humpin 'My Bluey

Narrative Writing

This week we will try to develop the character in our narratives.

The Swaggie is an interesting character because he has a  lifestyle change.

Your structure should look like this:

  • Orientation: A swaggie is a traveller of the roads. He sleeps under the stars and enjoys a simple lifestyle with his dog.
  • Complication: As he walks along the road he finds a golden ticket. He wins $1 000 000.
  • Series of events: His lifestyle changes and he goes to live in the city- buys a penthouse  apartment, dines out in restaurants, buys fancy clothes, enjoys a rich lifestyle
  • Resolution: …but he is not happy. He leaves it all behind to become a traveller of the road once again.

This story is Mrs Lynch’s attempt at character development.

What do you think of Willy? Do you think you would like him as a friend?

What do you think about his lifestyle?

Did he make the right decision to return to his life as a traveller of the road?


















Who is the other famous Australian Swagman? How much do you know about this jolly man?

Our Excursion to the City of Geelong

On Friday 18th May, the Middle Department left LLPS for our big day out in Geelong.

We travelled about approximately 15 kilometres along the Prince’s Highway until we reached the CBD area.

We discovered the entertainment, education, transport, law and order facilities for the people of Geelong.

Can you see the area where city life is busy with the comings and goings of people going about their daily business?







The buses arrived in Little Malop St and we began our timetable of activities.

9:45 – 10:20- The Gordon Institute -TAFE

10:30- City Hall, Art Gallery, War Memorial

11:30- 11:45- Recess in Johnson’s Park

11:50- 12:30- Tour of GPAC

12:40-1:10- Session in Geelong Library

1:15-1:40-lunch in Johnston’s Park

1:45- 2:30- Geelong Train Station. Law Courts and Police Station.

2:30 -Depart Geelong for LLPS.

Here is a slide show of our day. Please leave a comment at the end of the show. Do you like our city?
City of Geelong on PhotoPeach

What is one thing that you learnt from our big day out in Geelong? Please leave a comment about your opinion of our beautiful city by Corio Bay. 

City and Country Dioramas

Our Term 2 Integrated Unit is called Lifestyles.

We will explore the opportunities and way of life that is part of where we choose to live. 

This week we have explored living in the country versus living in the city. 

The creative task tuned us into thinking about hustle and bustle versus quiet and peaceful.

Please leave a comment about our dioramas.
City and Country Dioramas on PhotoPeach

We wrote our expositions about City and Country Lifestyles.

What do you think about growing up in the different settings?

Here is Dakota’s winning speech.


Wednesday, 25th April is ANZAC DAY.

A  Australian

N  New

Z  Zealand

A Army

C  Corps

The Middles will present an ANZAC DAY Service at Assembly on Friday.

We will present the symblos of the ANZACs.

1. Rosemary-

We wear a sprig of rosemary to remember the sad story of our young men who went to war to fight for us.











The badge is often identified as the Anzac Day badge. Australian soldiers wear the badge on their slouch hats.








3. Anzac Day Biscuits
Friends and family often sent a precious box of treasures to the soldiers in Gallipoli. The oat biscuits did not go stale during the long voyage to the destination.








4. The Red Poppy:
The poppies are sold and often left at war memorials on Anzac Day. It is said that the wild poppies grew in the fields and looked like the blood of the wounded soldiers.






5. The Last Post and Dawn Service

Many people gather at a special place at the start of the 25th April to remember the sacrifices of the ANZACS. It is a solemn and sad experience but also very special.






We wrote a persuasive piece  about the topic:

We should not have a public holiday for ANZAC DAY.

Here are all the speeches.  Some students chose to challenge themselves by writing a text to persuade us to stop thinking about Anzac Day.

What is your opinion? Please leave a comment.
We should not have a holiday for Anzac Day. on PhotoPeach


OnFriday we will bow our head and spend one minute in silence as we respect and remember the history of WW1 and the terrible hardships that our soldiers endured.
We hope everyone remembered to be very respectful during the service.