A Poem for Halloween

Witches Brew

I’m making up some witches brew

I’ll stir in five deal flies and mouldy cheese  too

Next comes rotten fish bones into the slippery slop

I will add slimy seaweed  and I wont stop.

I pulled off rats tails for you,

Don’t worry, I’ll only use a few.

Next is an animal skeleton and then I’ll stir

I really hope I didn’t get any fur.

I put in a coloured stinky sock

And even my mother’s very best frock

Sharp shark’s  teeth so big and so bright

Finger  bones are hard to find in the night.

I’ll even add homework to my stew

Ogre ears are added, but just a few.

Let’s stir and stir the witches brew


Let’s stir and stir the witches brew


By Jye P

Created and based on the class shared model.

Happy Halloween .



Position and Location

How to Use a Compass

There are four cardinal directions. North, South, East and West.

The Earth has a magnetic North Pole and that the needle of a compass always points toward the north.

The various parts of the compass are

*the magnetic needle,

*orienting arrow,

*direction of travel arrow,

*rotating housing and base plate

parts of a compass

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2. How to set a bearing, or use a compass to walk to reach a given location.

Hold the compass in front of you, completely flat, with the direction of travel arrow pointing in the desired direction of travel.

Now rotate the housing dial so the orienting arrow matches the direction of the north-pointing magnetic needle.

You can use the bearing to determine which way to go to reach their destination, as well as which direction they need to get back to the starting point.

3. The challenge is to take a three-leg compass walk.

Mark off a starting point and set  compasses to 360 degrees, which is north.

Now sight a landmark due north and walk 20 paces.

Next, set the compasses to 120 degrees and walk another 20 paces;

then,  set the compasses to 240 degrees and walk another 20 paces.

This should take you in a full triangle and you should end up very close to the starting point.

Maps and the Globe

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Independent Reading Time






As you read, engage all your strategies:

1. Metacognition

2. Make Connections

3. Choose a ‘just right’ book.

4. Reflect afterwards

 Your session will look like this:

1. 5 mins- Choose a ‘just right book’.

2. 20 mins silent reading

3. 20 mins to complete a reflection activity

4. 10 minutes to share with a small group.

Now rate yourself during this session. Each section is out of 5.

Choice of Book=

Time on Task=

Making Connections before, during and after reading=

Reflective activity to dig deeper into the book=

Total score=

Bush Poetry


Bush poets are Australians who write about rural life and the bush.

Many colonial  (1800s) bush poets were illiterate and performed their poems from memory instead of writing them.
Bush poetry evolved from the jokes and stories shared by early settlers.
To help with memorising these, rhyme and verse were introduced.
Bush poetry reflects communal attitudes and traditional Australian culture.
Its language is characteristically colloquial and colourful, and the emergence and development of the Australasian identity.

Examples of the language used within bush poetry can be found in many poems by famous bush poets including

Henry Lawson (1867–1922),

Banjo Paterson (1864–1941) and

Dorothea Mackellar (1885–1968).

Some of their popular poems include:

Banjo Paterson is currently featured on the Australian ten dollar bank note amongst scenes of the Australian outback.[2]

Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda is even considered Australia’s unofficial National Anthem.[3]

Your task:

1. Choose a famous bush poet.

2. Research some information about this person’s life.

3. Choose one of their poems.

4. Publish this poem as part of your project.

5. Answer the ‘5 Ws’ to interpret the meaning behind the poem.

* Who is the character in the poem?

* Where is the poem set?

* What is the poet trying to describe?

*When is the period of history reflected in this poem?

*Why is bush poetry important to our history and culture?

* How does the poet use some the following techniques:

  • Rhyme
  • Metre
  • Pattern
  • Words
  • Stanza
  • Metaphors, Similes and figurative language

This link will take us to the famous Australian poems written by our famous Australian poets.

Famous Australian Poems

Our Most Famous Poems

The link below is an excellent resource for teachers and students called Australian Children’s Poetry.

There is a Poem of the Day published regularly…especially for your enjoyment.

Australian Children’s Poetry

Music, Count Us In


Music, Count Us In is celebrating its 7th performance.

Let’s take a musical journey back in time….


VID00016 from Bernadette Lynch on Vimeo.





Vote  for your favourite song




Music, Count Us In

One Song, Your School, More Music

Celebrating the benefits of music education in Australian Schools

‘Music: Count Us In’ is on again!!

29th October at 12:30

It’s Australia’s biggest school initiative. With support from The Australian Government, it has run since 2007 and is all about celebrating the value of music education to students’ development, whoever they are, wherever they are.
It involves more than 600,000 students, teachers – and parents too – from schools all over Australia who sign up to learn, rehearse, then perform the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

Music: Count Us In is for all schools – primary and secondary, State and independent, nationwide.

At LLPS we all gather for the count down in our new gymnasium. We sing along with the choir and we add joy to our day.

Just think, all the schools in Lara, Geelong, Victoria and Australia have stopped their lessons  to experience a little bit of happiness….all AT THE SAME TIME!


The song writer mentor for Music, Count Us In, 2015 was Marcia Hines

Marcia worked with 5 talented students and Program Ambassador, John Foreman, to write this year’s song.

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The 2015 song is called  ‘Gold’

The 2014 song was called Paint You a Song.

The Music Count Us In website is full of interesting information to promote the importance of music in our schools.

Music, Count Us In, 2012 from Bernadette Lynch on Vimeo.


The Big Sing 2010 from Bernadette Lynch on Vimeo.

Middles Idol, 2012

Each year The Middles invite the Preps and Juniors to attend the ‘Middles Idol’.

Each Middle Department class nominates two representatives from their class to perform a song in front of a large audience of teachers, students and even some parents. 

It requires much confidence to do this and it is usually the first time many girls and boys have ever performed such an act.

This year the standard of talent was extremely high. 

Estelle’s performance of Birdie’s song, ‘Skinny Love’ is inspiring. 

Please leave a comment for her and congratulate her for entertaining us.

MVI 0928 from Bernadette Lynch on Vimeo.

Mrs Lynch is saying ‘Good-bye’ this week.

What a surprise!

Caitlyn and Jess came to our room today and announced that they needed to escort me to the hall.

I had no idea what was planned.

I sat in the front row seat and nursed my box of tissues.

We enjoyed a performance from all The Middles that was amazing and very special.

MLY- thank you so much for my special song called Burn Fire Burn. ( Mrs McKenzie is so clever when she thinks of these special songs!)

MCR- thank you for your clever rap. You really do know alot about the things that Mrs Lynch likes to do in the classroom

MJA- thank you for the video interviews. What clever speakers we have and all the lovely comments that I really appreciate.

MRO- thank you Mr Robinson. The song that you all helped to write was amazing. I loved it!

MAU- thank you Mr Robinson. You play the electric guitar so well, and what a talented class. I loved it!

MNO- thank you Miss Noonan. I loved the poem!

I hope you enjoy the photos and the video of a very special assembly.

You know how proud I am of all the students at LLPS.

It is an honour and a privilege to have taught 16 MLYs at our wonderful school.



‘A Cultural Assembly’

Mr Creece accepted a dare during assembly a few weeks ago.
The dare was to perform a ballet dance wearing a tutu.
The result was quite ‘interesting’.
Can you see any similarities to Mr Creece attempting to do ballet and a real ballet dancer?

Try to watch both videos simultaneously. 
Please rate the performance.


Here is real ballet performance.

In ballet there is a principal ballerina who performs in a ballet company. 

The orchestra plays the music and the choregrapher creates the set. 

VID00086 from Bernadette Lynch on Vimeo.

4 Amazing Ballet Facts

  • A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances.
  • Most ballerinas wear out 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes per week.
  • One tutu costs up to $2,000 to make. 

The 7 Movements of Dance

  • Bending
  • Gliding
  • Turning
  • Stretching
  • Jumping
  • Rising
  • Darting

10 Ideal Characteristics of a Performer

  • Experience and skill .
  • Interest in the arts and a great desire to dance.
  • Strong, healthy body.
  • Broad perceptual field and an open mind.
  • Lots of energy, courage, patience, and strength.
  • The ability to cooperate and get along with others.
  • To take criticism and suggestions easily.
  • To move with conviction and projection.
  • To have time and energy for rehearsals, and a willingness to work.
  • The ability to move with urgency and passion.
Do any of these fun facts resemble Mr Creece’s peformance? 
We love comments on the blog.
Some ideas for a comment could relate to the similarities and differences between the two featured videos.