The Victorian Goldfields

Last term all grade 5/6 students at NGPS totally immersed themselves into  discovering what it was like living and working on  the Victorian  goldfields during the 1850’s.

We wrote some great poems that we’d like to  share.

Do you get an idea of what it must have been  like living and working on  the Victorian Gold Fields?

Do  you particularly like one of the descriptions someone has used?

Leave your feedback,  we’d love to  hear it.

Life on the Victorian Goldfields

RACV Energy Breakthrough and the NGPS Box Car Rally

Our RACV Energy Breakthrough  team is almost ready to  head off to  Maryborough  for the big competition  against the other schools. To  give them  support we hold an  annual  Box Car Rally. We also  held a dress up  day  to  provide a few extra funds for the RACV teams. All  of the school  are involved, making box cars out of cardboard boxes following the theme of something they have studied in  class. It is amazing how innovative some groups can  be. Finally race day  arrives and as you will  see from  the attached photographs a great time is had by all.

Did you help  make a box car?

What decisions did you and your team  have to  make,  were they successful,  what might you do  differently next time?

What did you think of the great racing event? How did your team  go?


Learning about Government

we were lucky enough to have a visit from by Sally Piper, one of our local Councillors. Sally represents residents of the South Ward of Macedon Ranges Shire. You can find out more about the Councillors here.

Sally told us all about what motivated her to run for Council, how it felt to be elected, what happens at Council meetings and much, much more. She was very interesting to listen to and we learnt a lot about how we can all help our community.

What did you enjoy about Sally’s talk?

 What did you learn about our local council?

The Man of the Future

Poetry is a great way to  tell  a story, express feelings and create images. It makes us think so very carefully about the words we use as there is not room for many.

We have created our own  version of the poem “I am  the Man of the Future” They are telling you something about ourselves and the things that are helping to  mould us into the person  we will  become as well  as our dreams and aspirations.

Click on  the book  below to  open our book  and turn  the pages to  read our poems

Would you have similar dreams, have you had similar experiences?

What do  you think of our poems?

I am  a man of the future

Lengthy Relationships

Look around at people’s feet and legs. You will notice that some people have longer feet than

Do the individuals with longer feet also have longer legs?

Are people with longer legs taller?

Is the number of strides a person takes in a given distance different when he/she is  running or walking?

Does the person’s stride length change with speed?

In class we have been gathering data from our classmates to determine if there is a relationship between foot length, leg length, and height as well  as the changes in  the length of our pace when we are running walking, jogging or sprinting.

what have you discovered, share your results here.

If you are interested in  finding out how long your pace is and maybe compare it with  members of your family follow this link, it will  even  calculate how many steps you will need to take you to  cover 1 kilometre.

Where in Australia are Rohan, Sarah M and Claire?

This term  three of our classmates are off visiting other places in  Australia. Some are gone for the whole term  and others just for a few weeks. We do  hope that they will  keep  an  eye on  our blog to  see what we are up to back  here at school. It would be great if they can  find the time to post something here to  let us know how they are, what they have seen  and what they have been up  to. Safe travels!

The Plane Crash

Hello blog readers

It’s Jesse and Ryan we will be talking about the plane crash in the Andes in 1972. The Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, also known as the Andes flight disaster and, in South America, as the Miracle of the Andes. The flight was carrying 45 people, including a rugby team, their friends and family that crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972. More than a quarter of the passengers died in the crash and several others quickly succumbed to cold and injury. Of the 29 who were alive a few days after the accident, another eight were killed by an avalanche that swept over their shelter in the wreckage. The last 16 survivors were rescued on 23 December 1972, more than two months after the crash. Rescuers did not learn of the survivors until 72 days after the crash when passengers Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, after a 10-day trek across the Andes, found Chilean Arriero Sergio Catalán who gave them food and then alerted authorities about the existence of the other survivors.To survive they actually ate the pilot. They ate the pilot because he was the widest and the author passengers were family members and friends. Do you think they could’ve done anything differently to survive.




Hello blog readers,


A few weeks ago Mitchell came in with his ventriloquist dummy and gave a very entertaining performance to our class. We have taken a picture displayed above of Mitchell’s dummy, called Charlie McCarthy. Mitchell got his idea to buy a dummy by reading the Goosebumps books. According to Mitchell’s performance Charlie is very funny and a bit rude. Have you ever read a night of the living dummy Goosebumps books? If you had a ventriloquist dummy what would you name it?


Thank you for reading,

Jaz, Hannah and Mitchell.


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Lately the Grade 5/6’s have been making discs to put on our celebration mural. The grade 5/6’s coated the discs with gesso and then painted over it with the colours we were assigned.

Do you think the wall and our discs look good or not. Our wall has had lots of attraction; do you think it’s good? What do you think the grade 5/6’s could improve on with our discs or mural?

From Aki and Rohan