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IMG_6321_2Today we got to buy cupcakes and they had rainbows inside. The cupcakes were very yummy. Mrs Fellows even had a chocolate one. There were lots of chocolate cake.

A classmate brought in a baby grasshopper to show us. It hopped around lots and was as green as the mint leaves it was on.

We got to pat two Central Bearded Dragons that one of our classmates brought in with his mum. He has a Licence to keep them.

We are so excited in our classroom because our pet stick insects have finally laid some eggs. You don’t need a Licence to keep stick insects. They are very delicate.

It is two of our class members birthdays today. They are turning six.



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Unfortunately, last week, Mrs Fellows had a lot of trouble posting photos and explanations about our last week so today’s post includes information for last week as well as our day today.

We began last week with a visit from the kinder kids. We got to make Little Brown Monkeys as well as play and show our future school members around.

In the afternoon we looked at Fibres and Fabrics. A Fibre is a lot of particles. When they are bound together they can become a thread such as string or wool. Fabric is made up from these threads being woven together or knitted to make material. Fibreglass is a type of fibre. Hessian is a type of fabric. When Terrie saw what we were doing she brought in her spinning wheel and let us all have a turn at spinning some real sheep’s wool. We then got out some spindles and try to use those. Some of us need a bit more practise, especially Mrs Fellows.

On Tuesday we went to the Remembrance Day service. It was great to be able to remember those that have fought for our country and represent the school down at the Memorial Garden. Mr Taylor gave us all a poppy to thank us for attending.



On Wednesday, Lorna from Responsible Pet Ownership came to visit with her dog. She told us important pieces of information about caring for our pets.

Today we went to see the new CFA shed. It is so big. We sat at the big table and had a very important meeting. We got to hop on one of the fire engines as well as wearing Captain Stuart Johnston’s helmet. Some us got to shoot a fire extinguisher as well. It was great fun.


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IMG_4402 IMG_4404 IMG_4405 IMG_4407 IMG_4409 IMG_4412 IMG_4414 IMG_4421 IMG_4425IMG_4525 Today we were very busy ALL day. We began the day with some ball skills for Huff and Puff. We practised bouncing with our right hand and then bouncing with our left. We practised high bounces and low bounces. We practised bouncing from hand to hand. But the thing that we had to practise most of all was… holding the ball still to listen to Mrs Fellows. This week has been an exciting week with the running of the Coota Cup. We spent a lot of time last week making our horses and Monday saw us compete in the races. It was great to have so many people there to watch and cheer us all on. We all had a lot of fun. Today we learned that a young female horse is called a filly and a young male is called a colt. We have been looking at a book called Working Horses. In Maths we have been looking at Co-ordinates. Today we played a fun game where Mrs Fellows tried to steal our treasure by calling out co-ordinates on our Treasure Maps. In Health we worked on Fire Safety. We discussed good and bad fires, the 3 elements that make a fire and practised Stopping, Dropping and Rolling.

NO! Honey was not in the bus. We went to see Honey at her paddock. Mrs Fellows drove the bus with all of us IN it. Honey lives just across the road from a classmate’s house and the cemetery. We learnt that you have to brush a horse before riding and after riding. We learnt that if you scratch Honey’s belly button she pulls funny faces and tucks her head in. We also learnt that horses will eat pear but Honey’s favourite treat is licorice. Carrot is her second favourite. Did you know that horses can eat licorice? We also learnt that to feed a horse you put your hand out nice and flat so that they don’t accidentally bite your fingers. Horses have very big teeth.

When we got back to school, we had a special visit from Emma and Stretch from Ambulance Victoria. Two of our classmates were chosen to sit in the ambulance and got to turn on the lights and the very loud siren.  Some of us didn’t know that an ambulance often has a paramedic in it. We got to climb in the back of the ambulance. Emma read us a story called Ouch! It was about when Stretch broke his arm, a little bit like our classmate.

After Emma and Stretch’s visit we looked at Honey’s saddle and got to sit on it. It is made from leather. Leather comes from cows.

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This week we were lucky to have the kind donation of a school scarecrow. She even comes with a back pack and school uniform. Marilyn Allan made the scarecrow especially for our school garden which is getting lots of tender loving care from the Grade 2/3s. Gardening is also going to be a focus of one of our Friday afternoon club activities. We have named her Ella Daphne Stinging Nettle, Queen of the Plants.

We also got to say goodbye and wish the Year 12s Good Luck for their last days of school as well as their exams. We presented them with very special gift bags that contained many treasurable gifts. These included letters of congratulations and well wishes, very special study glasses, bubble blowers (because they are just still little kids at heart), medals and trophies for surviving 13 years of school, finger tattoos and a few other bits and pieces. Congratulations Tom, Leanna, Amy, Mark and Patric and best wishes for the years ahead.


Animals Everywhere

Today we spent a little bit of time of trying to sort a large number of animal pictures. Some of the categories that we used to sort our animals were:

Farm Animals, Desert Animals, Reptiles, Rainforest Animals, Amphibians, Flying Animals, Ground Animals, Australian Animals, Ocean Animals, just to name a few.  We then talked about the animals that help us. We had some great suggestions. For example, birds help us to know that snakes are close by because they squawk and make quite a ruckus. Snakes help us by providing anti-venom for when they actually bite us. Worms help us by providing us with compost. Bees help us by providing honey and pollenating our plants. Horses, cows and camels also help by carting things or supplying us with things such as milk and fibres.

In Maths, we looked at the 100s chart. Mrs Fellows hid numbers and we had to work out which ones she had hidden. But we were way too clever. She didn’t trick us.

Try this link if you would like to play around more with the 100s chart at home.


We went to see the new baby guinea pigs in the Grade 2/3 classroom. They were only hours old. There were three babies and one mum. The babies were two boys and one girl.

We have been looking at Good Fires and Bad Fires and did you know that every household should have a plan of their escape routes. If it is not an emergency you do not call 000 because you could be blocking the line for another real emergency.

Today we counted four smoke detectors in the main building of the school. If there was a fire we would Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go. We also used the netbooks to access the Kids Triple Zero Challenge website.  IMG_3785 IMG_3792

Year 7s to 10 created a big machine. One section was a motorised bike that revved and blew a ball which was supposed to knock down some blocks and trigger another reaction. We got to sit in the middle and watch the skateboard go around us.

Today we tried to create some Aboriginal type art by drawing animal outlines and filling them with squiggles, lines and dots. They are now displayed on our classroom window.


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We learnt that there are special ice packs for burn victims. You should only ring 000 if it is an emergency and our call goes all the way to a Ballarat call centre. Did you know that they have different coloured bags for different equipment? There are lots of yellow warning labels and every ambulance is set up exactly the same way.

Thank you so much Brigette and Kathi for coming to visit us and teach us all about Mallacoota’s Ambulance.

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With a little sadness, today we said goodbye to Jenny Warren, who works in our school office. And has done so for such a looong time.

The office will not be the same with out you Jenny. We will miss you giving us bandaids, icepacks, boxes of tissues, messages, posting our letters, late passes, etc. etc. etc.

The Prep/Ones wish you a very happy retirement. Lots of Hugs and Kisses.

Mrs Fellows and all of the Prep/One class. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Dear Jenny,

You are nice. You are the best teacher in the office.

From Aya.

Dear Jenny,

I will miss you so much. You have been so, so nice to me. Thank you for doing all of those things for me. I hope you enjoy being at home.

Thank you for helping me when I am hurt.

From Heath.

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for fixing my sores.

From Remo.

Dear Jenny,

I miss you. Good luck . Thank you for the late passes.

I love you.

From Taylor.

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for helping with our sores.

From Tobin

Dear Jenny,

I will miss you. Thank you for being a great person. We wish you good luck.


From Neve.

Goodbye Jenny. I will miss you so much.

Love Ocean.

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for helping us with our sores.

From Hugo.

Dear Jenny,

Thank you for always helping me when I’m hurt. We will miss you very much. Good luck on your retirement.

From Sandy.

Dear Jenny,

You are helpful. We love you.

From Gypsy.

Dear Jenny,

I love you very much. I will miss you very much.

Love From Kyra.

Dear Jenny,

You are nice to me.

Love Jessica.

Dear Jenny,

I hope you come back. What is the person’s name that is taking over your job?

Love Cohen.

Dear Nan,

I love you. I would like you to stay in the office. You have been great. I love you very, very much.

Love From Nina.

Dear Jenny,

I miss you.

Love Josh.



We did lots of writing about our bugs today. We are almost finished our posters about our insects. Today we also looked at the Harlequin Beetle. It is very, very, very colourful. They can have diamond shapes on them and also triangles. They have compound eyes so that they can see well.

We made ink pictures with Steph using ink, straws and coloured card. Some were spiders webs. Others made flowers.

In Huff and Puff we continued with bouncing and passing skills. Sometimes it is tricky to get the ball to bounce in the hoop.