We LOVE reading, do you?

We have been investigating books and how they have influenced us and made us who we are today. Can you remember a book that was read to you when you were very young or maybe there was a book that just turned you on to reading?

Write a comment telling us about your life with books. We made a Tagxedo with some of the words that resulted from our discussion on what books can do. Do you have some extra words or phrases to add?

Welcome to Grade 5/6D

It’s time for a brand new school year and a brand new class. This year we have the excitement of being part of a composite grade with the year 5s and 6s working together and Mrs Stevens is teaching us this term. The term has started well with the grade 6 students befriending their new Prep buddies and introducing them to the joys of school life.

We have all started working on our Learning Portfolios and there are some interesting covers being created. Don’t forget that we want that cover to represent you and check off on the criteria sheet to make sure you include everything you are supposed to!

Pantry Plunder – How To Make Delicous Vegetarian Spaghetti

Info: Vegetarian Spaghetti does not contain any type of meat in it. Spaghetti was founded in Italy originally made with meatballs with tomato sauce…

Ingredients: (My famous Vegetarian Spaghetti: Caelan G)

1. Carrots (1-2), diced into 1/8’s

2. Long beans (9), chopped into ¼’s

3. Pizza Sauce (1 Packet), ¾ needed only.

4. Mushrooms (6) with Stem chopped off and the rest diced into four pieces.

5. Green pepper (1), cut into four pieces, use 1 ½ pieces with core cut out.

6. Grated Parmesan Cheese (250g).

7. Olive Oil (4 ½ Teaspoons)

8. Snow peas (6)

9. Spaghetti Pasta (250g)

Method: Once carrots are diced put on a plate with the following: long beans, grated parmesan cheese and snow peas with their skins. Now cut up the green pepper into four pieces and grab 1 ½ bits and cut them up into 14 small pieces and put them on a separate plate with the mushrooms. Next… get a frying pan and put in 4 teaspoons of olive oil, when heated, put in the carrots and other ingredients on that plate, cook until ½ done, now get out a pot and fill to about half depending on the pot size when boiling, put in the spaghetti for 10 min, after, wait about 4 minutes and your carrots, long beans, cheese etc. will be ready and now you can put in plate 2 with the pizza sauce (3/4 of a pack), mix until the pizza sauce is well combined and when the mushrooms and green pepper have turned brown. When the spaghetti and vegies are ready get a bowl. Mix the two together in the bowl. Now set the table with the spaghetti inside the separate ‘EATING BOWLS’. Now Enjoy! By Caelan G 5b.

Solar Boats

Solar Boats

This term the year 5s are studying earth’s power. In addition to this we are creating solar powered boats that will have to travel in stream- line. We are in groups of 4 and we received a booklet on solar boats which we have to complete by the end of the semester. We are going to research and create our own solar boats.


Our group received 2 motors, a propeller, a motor mount, 8x 8 miller metre screws, 3 axel brackets, a 3 position switch, Alligator clips, 3 connector tabs, 4 Solar panels and a sand paper block. The reason we received two motors is because if one breaks we’ve got one extra we got the rest of the materials to help support the boat.


Before we got all the equipment we had to learn about how solar panels work. So we will explain it to you guys. The Sun’s rays called photons hit the solar panels which creates DC power which stands for Direct current. Soon that goes through a generator which changes the DC power in to AC that charges laptops, IPods and D.S. It also turns on lamps and T.Vs.


Once we have created our boats we race them in a giant trough. Two or three boats race at a time to see which is the fastest and to see which boat has the best alignment.  Alignment means how straight the boat goes. Whoever wins the race goes to the next stage at school and the 12 best boats travel to Sunbury to race against other schools.


Does your school do anything like this? If so what type of equipment do you use and what are the restrictions to your boat? If your class makes a ‘Class Boat’ what’s its name and does it run across the water like road-runner. Does your School do a topic like earth’s power?



Caelan, Jaymee, Jess and Macca

Pantry Plunder

Pantry Plunder

Throughout the term, grade 5 have been learning about Nutrition. We have been particularly studying the healthy amounts of Sodium, Sugar and Fat that an average lunch meal should contain.  After we had gathered enough knowledge to understand what is in a healthy meal, by analysing the nutrition panel at the back of recycled food boxes, we found delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes and wrote about them. We were then put into groups of our particular cuisine. Trying to persuade how beneficial and nutritious our recipe’s  are was a bit difficult although once we went on a fantastic and helpful website called Wolfram Alpha and found out exactly how healthy and nutritious our recipe was, it was much easier.


Yesterday all of the groups participated in a stimulating day called Pantry Plunder. Following the itinerary that we created helped a lot until I spilt the Soya Sauce all over it. In the last 15 minutes everyone was rushing and was eager to finish their delicious lunch. At last the judges came over to judge the sodium, sugar, fat, vegetable content and all of our differently- decorated tables and commented on our food. It was quite funny, as all of the parents were told to act seriously. Overall, the day was exactly what it was expected to be. An exciting and hectic day.


What did you creatively cook for Pantry Plunder? If you didn’t participate in Pantry Plunder, what would you have liked to cook? If you are from a school other than New Gisborne Primary, have you ever had a day similar to Pantry Plunder?


By Emily, Jess  and Jessica  5B NGPS


Dear Quad blogging buddies,

The Australian Football League is the most popular sport in Australia. The league was founded by the Victorian Football league in 1887 consisting of 8 teams at that point of time. At that time they only had teams from Victoria.


The name changed in 1990 to the AFL as it was not just based around Victoria. Now the league has 18 teams as the new teams Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Gold Coast Suns has joined.


Before the full season starts there is a pre season called the Nab Cup where the players get a chance to see their opposition in action and the AFL to test out new rules. Therefore after the preseason there are 23 home and away games to get in the finals you need in to the top 8 when you survive all rounds in the finals you get into the Grand Final and whoever wins gets the cup.


My team the mighty Hawks were first on the ladder and won all their final games and got into the grand final,but lost by the tiniest of margins. The atmosphere of a Grand Final is crazy; I was heartbroken as me and my family’s heart and souls are in the footy and the Hawks!


After the seasons they have an AFL draft. This is where players get picked up by clubs according to their position on the final ladder. Last position gets number pick 1 – the most talented young boys while first position gets pick 111.


The 18 teams are Carlton, Hawthorn, Essendon, Adelaide, Geelong, Sydney, GWS, GCS, Kangaroos, Saints, Bulldogs, Lions, Eagles, Richmond, Fremantle, Port, and Melbourne.

Down below are some of the best AFL players of the era: Cyril Rioli [Hawthorn 2nd favourite player] Lance Franklin [Hawthorn AKA Buddy my favourite player] Gary Ablett [Gold Coast]. By Lachie



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On Wednesday 14th November New Gisborne Primary School hosted a Fun Run. The students of New Gisborne waited in the Gym for the run to start. Allan was talking to the school about her daughter and said Zaidee would be looking down at us this very minute. The grade prep to one ran in the middle of the oval and the rest of the school ran around the school. We had Allan the father of a little girl called Zaidee come to start the run off.


Zaidee was a little seven year old girl and decided she wanted to be an organ and tissues donar. Sadly she passed away seven months later at the age of seven because of a burst blood vessel in the brain called a Cerebral Aneurism.  By Zaidee donating her organs she saved the lives of 7 people (6 Children and 1 adult). She has been a donar for five years now. In 2004 230,000 people died and only 218 people were a donar. The group is encouraging children to become an organ and tissue donar and help the lives of people who need it. Some people have been on the waiting list for at least one year and one day finally that day would come for their life to change.


http://www.zaidee.org This link is to the official zaides website. You can see zaidee’s story, how to help and other exiting events coming up. Zaidee bear is the foundations mascot and Zaidee bear goes everywhere with the Foundation like fun runs. The run fun at our school had a costume made jumbo Zaidee bear. One of zaides founders is a marathon runner and he is doing the 7 marathon across 7 content to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.  Matt is currently in Antarctica doing a marathon. He trained for this advent by going down to the gisborne food works and went in the freezer in all his gear and trained on the treadmill.  Our school wishes Matt all the best for the marathon and we wish the Zaidee’s rainbow foundation all the best with thier fundraising. Please remember to go on the Zaidee’s Rainbow foundation website.

–          Brie, Callum, Maddie.

Solar Boats – The Solar Blue

Our boat is called “The Solar Blue”, based after the Blue Bird, one of the fastest boats in the world

Dear Quad Bloggers,

Every year the grade 5s and 6s work in groups to build solar boats. We have to use solar panels to make the boat go faster. But that isn’t all; we also have to use motors, propellers, circuits and top of all that we have to follow rules and regulations. Most of the boat’s parts have to be put together in a correct form. We also have to put into account the aqua-dynamic s of the boat.

We have to make our boat in such a way that the circuits are powered by the solar energy and goes faster than any other boat. We have the equipment to create a high powered circuit that has two parts to it. The series and parallel circuit. So far our group has found a series circuit that starts under the sun. We are still researching the parallel circuit but we hope to have it sooner or later.

We have decided on a designed hull that is straight and stream-lined. We tested this with a tub of water and set the boat to sail. Even though it is not so fast yet because we don’t have the circuits and the motor connected to it, it is still a reliable design because our circuit is a fast and powerful circuit.

We have also started a compulsory poster that explains all the compartments of the boat. We have to use drawings diagrams pictures and follow a lot of criteria… Let us all hope that the Solar Blue, prevails in the race.

Do you think that The Solar Blue is a good name, if not, any other suggestions? If so, please leave a comment below.
By Courtney, A.J, Shaun, Jake and Hugh.

Solar Boats – The Sunflower

The Sunflower




This year the grade 5 and 6’s are building solar boat’s this is where we make boats out of polystyrene. Over many weeks we are constructing the boat. We then have to make a poster that has all of the information about our boat. The whole group records down what they have learnt. Each person has to fill out a quarter of the booklet.  We have come up with a name for the boat we have come up with the name the sunflower named after the boat Mayflower as we are using solar energy and we need the sun we think it should be named the Sunflower.


On the boat we have to include two circuits and a hull.  A hull is a body of a ship or boat. The structure of a hull varies depending on the vessel. On a normal vessel these days you would see a steel hull that means it is watertight.  Watertight is where it has strong resistance from leaks these days it has more reactance compared to when we did not have as much recourse’s to make watertight boats .In a typical wooden boat, the hull is made of wooden planks and supported by frame‘s .The features of a hull go’s from a square to a sharp point these also varies for what they are used for. Therefore for our hull we are making a polystyrene base for this we need to cut it into an appropriate shape for a hull I think we will do it into a square shape we are trying to figure out how we are going to make it watertight but we have many solutions.


There are two kinds of circuits a simple electric circuit is made up at high voltage or low voltage source and a register.  Here, V= iR, according to a well known law [Ohm’s law] an electrical circuit in a special type of network, one that has a closed loop guiding a return path for the current.

By Lachie, Callum, Brie and Maddie.

Solar Boats

Dear Quad blogging buddies

This year we have started a new project called solar boats. We build boats out of recycle materials such as polystyrene then race them in two weeks. They are powered from solar panels which collect photons- particles of sunlight- which are turned into DC electrons- direct current- which are then turned into AC electrons which power the boat. AC electrons are the type of electrons that power your light switches and power points in your home or classroom. The boats are made by us only. If we get any help from teacher or parent you get disqualified. We use lots of equipment and we do sessions every day.

What do you think we should call the boat?

Do you do solar boats or any type of solar experience in you school or life?

By Jess, Bonnie, Alex and Jack