Yesterday we  watched a play. There was a guy and  he made heeps of sounds and changed the sounds in his voice. He made lots of unexpected faces.Emma was in Cann River and saw it too.

Today we started our day with skipping. Three  people got up to 50 skips nonstop. Alannah came back to school.

This week we are doing recycling. We are going to do an interview with Jess about rubbish because she has worked in a business that had clean rubbish.

I had fun coming back to school. I missed my friends  in  Mallacoota. I have lots of  friends in grade 2/3.




Editors Intro

This week Samdog reviews Fun Songs, Jaidyn investigates the PS4 and Xbox ONE reveals, and Mark reports on the history of skateboarding.

Each week I will be interviewing one of our fantastic reporters. The questions will be unique. The answers hopefully more so.

Mark Hooper Interview

  1. Who is your favourite superhero and why? Ohhrrr…what’s a good one. I would have to say Wolverine, because he has indestructible claws and he can re-heal. He does not age. 
  2. When did you first realise you where human, what effect did that have on you? What? I don’t know. Haha. I was 5, it had no effect on me.
  3. Why do you think birds can fly but humans can’t? Birds have wings.
  4. If you were the last person on earth what would you do? Um… Find and use as much cool stuff as possible, cars, motorbikes, chill in a massive mansion
  5. Tell us your favourite SFW (safe for work) joke? I can’t think of a joke. I can remember the shortest horror story in the world.The last man on earth sits in his chair in his house. There is a knock on the door. (that is it).

Please read on for a fantastic edition of “The Mag”.

Simon Berry

Samdog’s Musical Mayhem

Fun Songs

Hey there! It’s me again, and this week I won’t be reviewing three songs from a specific genre, but instead I will be bringing you three songs that are just ‘good fun’. Now, it is important to realise that different people will have different opinions of what defines ‘good fun’, so I tried to pick three songs that most people will agree with. I hope you enjoy.

First on our list is ‘U Can’t Touch This’, by ‘MC Hammer’. Now, I’m pretty sure that just about everybody will know this song, but odds are that most of you haven’t looked up the history of it. The song itself was recorded in 1989, but wasn’t released until 1990. It became ‘MC Hammer’s’ signature song, and was a huge success. It reached the top 40 in April 1990, made it to #1 on the “Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and tracks, and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also a massive success in other parts of the world, hitting #1 in the Australia, as well as many other countries, and making it to #3 on the UK Singles Chart. Interestingly enough, ‘Rick James’ sued ‘MC Hammer’ for copyright infringement, since the song shares the same prominent opening rift as ‘Super Freak’, which was repeated throughout the recording. In the end, ‘Hammer’ agreed to credit ‘James’ as a co-composer, effectively cutting James in on the millions of dollars the record was earning.

Well, now that all of that is over, let’s hear the song, eh?

Next on our list is ‘Throw Your Hands Up’ by ‘Qwote’ featuring both ‘Lucenzo’ and ‘Pitbull’. ‘Throw Your Hands Up’ was a massive success, hitting the top 40 charts and even featuring in the hit movie ‘Fast and Furious 5’. I personally had never listened to any songs produced by either ‘Lucenzo’, or ‘Qwote’, but I’d definitely heard of ‘Pitbull’ before, as I’m sure most of you had. The song itself did sensationally, and was heard in house parties throughout much of the world. Following its success, most households can now recognise the name ‘Qwote’, and link it to ‘that great song’. Interestingly, the song features both English and Mexican lyrics.

All of the boring facts aside, it’s time to play the music.

And now, for the final song of the night, we have ‘Footloose’ by Blake Shelton. Come on, did you expect anything else? ‘Footloose’ is the pinnacle of ‘fun’ music. With its fairly high success, reaching #53 on the ‘US Country Songs’, #63 on the ‘US hot 100’, and #59 on the ‘Canadian hot 100’. The song in this discussion is the cover, made by ‘Blake Shelton’, which was released for the 2011 remake of the classic film ‘Footloose’. With the song being the main point of the film, and having its own dance (according to the film), ‘Footloose’ is definitely deserving of being heard in this article.

Now enough reading. Time to hear the music.

Well, that’s it for this edition, but don’t worry! Next time I will be bringing you a very ‘special’ article, so make sure to look out for that. This is Marc, signing off.

Extreme Sports – History of Skateboarding

Skateboarding was probably born sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s when surfers in California wanted something to surf when the waves were flat. No one knows who made the first board, it seems that several people came up with similar ideas at around the same time. These first skateboarders started with wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom.

The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime. The shop owner, Bill Richard, made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce sets of skate wheels, which they attached to square wooden boards. Accordingly, skateboarding was originally denoted ‘sidewalk surfing’ and early skaters simulated surfing style and manoeuvres.        

In the early 1970s, Frank Nasworthy started to develop a skateboard wheel made of polyurethane, calling his company Cadillac Wheels. Prior to this new material, skateboards wheels were metal or ‘clay’ wheels. The improvement in traction and performance was so immense that from the wheel’s release in 1972 the popularity of skateboarding started to rise rapidly.


A skateboard style refers to the way a skateboarder prefers to ride a skateboard. Skateboard styles can be broadly divided into two different categories: skateboarding to perform tricks and skateboarding for transportation. Styles of skateboarding have evolved over time and are influenced by sociocultural evolution, mass media, music, technology, corporate influence and individual skill level.

Freestyle skateboarding

Probably the oldest style of skateboarding, freestyle skateboarding developed from the use of skateboards as a mode of transport in the 1960s. Professional freestyle competitions often involved music and choreography and focused on fluidity and technical skill. The style changed significantly with the introduction of Ollies and other tricks in the 1980s and the introduction of various obstacle elements. Freestyle skateboarding today is a more advanced coordinated sport these days.

Vert skateboarding

Vert skateboarding has its beginnings in pool riding – the riding of skateboards in emptied backyard swimming pools – during the 1970s. It involves skateboard riders moving from the horizontal (on the ground) to the vertical (on a ramp or other incline) to perform tricks. Skateboarders usually set-up their boards with 55mm or larger wheels and wider decks for more stability.

Vert skating has expanded and evolved greatly since.

Street skateboarding

Street skateboarding involves the use of urban obstacles like stairs and handrails, drainage ditches, park benches and exc. Skaters perform tricks around, on, onto or over these obstacles.

Street skateboarding is also a competitive style. 

Park skateboarding

Park skateboarding encompasses a variety of sub-styles adopted by those who ride skateboards in purpose-built skate parks. Most skate parks combine half pipes and quarter pipes with various other ‘vert’ skateboarding features as well as ‘street’ obstacles such as stairs and rails. The integration of these elements produces a different skating experience.

Thanks for viewing, Mark rolling out.

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You, Me and Gaming – Jaidyn

PS4 and Xbox One Reveals

It’s the middle of the year and both Microsoft and Sony have revealed the release of their next generation consoles, the Xbox One and PS4. They are due to be brought out towards the end of the year, destined to be this year’s Christmas present of choice for Gamers. I can only tell you about my opinions and the opinions of others working on the massive reveals of each console.

At the moment the price to pre order the PS4 is $550 and the Xbox One is going at almost $600. Both consoles offer approximately the same specs but the Xbox One has thrown in a (in my mind) ridicules amount of features concerning TV. They then showed off with voice control and Kinect hand gesture features.TV, TV, TV seemed to be the only thing on their mind. Gaming, music and video seemed to be side notes as the Xbox One ‘the One’ clearly has been designed to take over the living room. The Xbox One since the reveal has been ridiculed by the gaming community. In my mind they could have kept most of these fancy fetchers, side noted them but then gone on to rave about the gaming capabilities and you would have been completely sold! But the Xbox One has been converted to a Family, living room console not the Gamers den console we were after.

Compared with the PS4 reveal we see a great difference in aim of Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles. The PS4 reveal raved about the power and capabilities in gaming, gaming, and gaming. That’s what gamers want. I must admit to obviously being a Playstation fan but even Xbox fans are extremely disappointed with the pre-launch of the Xbox One. A quick Google search will lead you to make your own decisions. There are many articles and videos that you could look at. A quick YouTube search will lead you to the reveals, highlights, opinion videos and spoofs.

PS4 Highlight reveal:

Xbox One reveal:


Spoof that backs my point (the internet if full of them):

Xbox One vs. PS4:

This is personally my favourite article, it is defiantly worth a look at if you are interested. Feel free to ask me any question in person!

I think that so far the choice is a hard one between the two consoles and if you are unsure defiantly wait until they come out. It’s not worth it if you make the wrong choice. After their releases there will be all sorts of information online up for grabs.

– Jaidyn

Over several weeks, Grade 5/6 students have been studying the story “Rowan of Rin” by Emily Rodda. As a follow up activity, they created model town of Rin and clay figures of the story’s characters.

They then re-created the story using their props to make a Claymation video.

This creation is the result of many weeks work, the first time we have used this technology on the library Ipad, and the students are to be congratulated on their efforts.

Well done Grade 5 & 6 (& Terrie & Mrs Bruce!!).

Video Link :

Rowan Of Rin

Squark. The Pelicans will fly again!!!


It was with this in mind the amateur Mallacoota P-12 College “Pelicans” Netball team would take on the professionals of Gippsland. The girls arrived bright and early at 7am to board the bus to Bairnsdale. The bus ride was filled with eager chatter and sports strategists. The energy was contagious. Timing was perfect, as we hit a large shower on the way to Bairnsdale, but no rain during competition.


During the first game v Bairnsdale SC the girls put up a great fight. Emma didn’t miss a basket, Kahli and Haydn were a fantastic defensive pair – using their strength to advantage. We narrowly lost the first game 10-6. The second game was against a much taller opponent is Lakes SC. The girls put up a great fight. Although out sized Jess and Hanna were as quick as baby pelicans, gliding across the court. The outcome was 10-4 in the negative. In the 3rd game the girls played the professional outfit from Nagle, in full body suits – just like the pro’s. The girls saw what playing twice a week and training for 10 years will do. The last game was our closest school, Orbost SC. They were a hard fighting outfit. Envy used her high to her advantage (and also blocked with the back of her head at times) and was a star on the wing. Kahli had a fight on her hands with a very intimidating GA. But she did fantastically, winning many free’s for the mighty Pelicans. The girls lost 6-21, but put in a great effort.


Thank you to all the girls, who committed to a team, dealt with 6hrs of driving, never gave up, and most importantly had fun!! You should be extremely proud of yourselves.

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Once again Mallacoota P-12 College had fantastic runners to send though to the Gippsland Championships. The team this year was Brodie Scott, Jess S-S, and Bowan Joiner. They were joined by myself and Tracy Joiner. Our students are a resilient lot, dealing with a 10 hr return drive just to run for 20 minutes. We left on Wednesday after school, ate at the always favourite Noodle box, and managed to make it to the Berry farm by 9.30pm. Predictably everyone was tired and the students hit the sac straight away. As farm life dictates, the students were up early. A relaxing farm tour was on the cards to prep the students for the challenge to come.


The team got to Lardner Park early with time to prepare. The weather this year was fantastic, not a drop of rain! The early arrival may have contributed to some nerves while the students waited, with lots of fidgeting. However the team did fantastically. Bowan ran first out of the team and came 14th out of 60 students in Gippsland. A personal best, well done! Jess ran next and came 21 out of 50 students, great work!. Brodie ran last in the U16 category. It was a great race with Brodie leading half way though. She hit the wall but kept pushing and came 4th to make it through to states. Well done Brodie.


This is the 2nd year one of our team has made it through to States. Mallacoota P-12 College is proud of our 3 expert cross country runners.

A huge thank you to Tracy Joiner who accompanied us and assisted with the driving. Without parents support these events could not run. Thank you very much. A thank you to my dad as well for hosting the students, who as always, were exceptionally well behaved. And a final thank you for the students, who put up with a longer transport time than any others, represented our school and Gippsland, you should all be proud of yourselves. See below for photos

Simon Berry


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Edition 1, 17th June 2013

Editors Intro

Welcome to the inaugural edition of ‘The Mag’. We have put together the best young writers in Mallacoota to present a monthly Mag, by the students, for the student.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my team. Emma is a player in the corridors of power. In this edition Emma has a fantastic interview with two of our year twelve students. Marc is our music aficionado, who this month is investigating Drum and Base. Mark Hoops “Hooprez” is our adrenaline junkie. This week his reporting takes us into the world of mountain biking. Jaidyn is from the Matrix itself, informing us about all that is gaming. To finalise the introduction and launch us into the most anticipated Mag since sliced bread, bask in the glory of our writers.

– MrEduBerry

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Year 12 – Career Interviews. – Emma Spenser

My name is Emma, I am in year 11. In our vet IDM class we are making a secondary school magazine. Each month a new article on careers will appear. In this month’s issue, I decided to interview two of our year 12 students who have offered to participant. I asked the two students a few questions about year twelve and their plans afterwards, and also I have added some facts about careers that you may be interested in.

This month…
Jasmyn & Ruby

What do you wish to accomplish by the end of 2013?
Jasmyn: ‘I wish to accomplish all of my VCE subjects and obtain  a good high score that I am happy with for each subject.I wish to have made a good amount of money to help me get started and ready for uni life, and travelling.’
Ruby: ‘I wish to achieve high scores in all my classes.’

What are your plans when you finish school?
Jasmyn: ‘I plan to go to uni to study Graphic Design and Photography, and travel to countries to volunteer in disadvantage schools and also wildlife parks.’
Ruby: ‘I’m planning to move to the city, either Melbourne or Sydney.’

Dream job?
Jasmyn: ‘I would love to travel the world photographing  environmental issues in an organisation such as ‘National Geographic’.
Ruby: ‘My dream job is to be a famous actor, haha’

Do you know what you have to do to achieve your goal?
Jasmyn: ‘I have to work hard on completing tasks by the due dates for all of my subjects.’
Ruby: ‘I’m not sure what I have to achieve.’

As from seen above, one of our students is quite sure as to what they want to be, and our other student is not one hundred precent sure as to what they want to do.
Next month I will interview two of our teachers here at Mallacoota p-12 College about their career and previous careers!

Top 10 Careers in Australia.
This month the Top 10 list is about Careers! In each magazine there will be a new top 10 list of some interesting information.

1) Software developers.
2) Accountants and auditors.
3) Market research and analyst and Marketing specialist.
4) Computer Systems analyst.
5) Human resources, training and labour relations specialist
6) Network and computer systems administrators.
7) Sales representative
8) Mechanical Engineers
9) Industrial Engineers
10) Software engineer. More

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On the 4th of June there was great excitement in the Prep/One classroom with two very special visitors. Tanya, the children’s kinder teacher had come to visit with her very cute little girl, Nellie. The class were able to ask lots of questions about what Nellie has been doing.

The children were also very pleased to be able to show Tanya a lot of the work that they have been doing.

We were delighted this week to receive a special letter from Tanya and Nellie thanking us for the book that we made for them both. It even showed them both reading the book and Nellie had a very inquisitive look on her face.

We hope to see them both again very soon.

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This term the Prep/One class have participated in a variety of activities for Huff ‘n’Puff. The thirty minutes sessions have been running from Wednesdays to Fridays. Some of the favourite activities of the children included the balance board, hockey, throwing, skipping and galloping. Each session would end with the 800 metre run of the Run Around Australia track.

The Prep/One class would like to thank Minna for volunteering to organise and run this program for the term. Thank you also to Ros who was there to assist each day.

Next term Huff ‘n’ Puff will continue with a different format.