Today the weather was finally clear enough to have our school cross country. We all wandered down to the main oval straight after lunch. The different year levels were raring to go and found it difficult to settle and listen to Mr Berry’s instructions. The 5 kilometre competitors got to go first. There were only 3; Bryce Watts Parker, Hannah Searl and Brodie Scott. We had to wait until they had completed a lap of the camp park before we got to start the next year levels. In this group there were heaps of competitors. Emma blew the siren and everybody was off for a 3 kilometre run. Finally it got down to the Primary year levels running varying distances. Congratulations to everybody for their commitment, enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. It was a great way to spend a Friday afternoon. Well done to all those that helped to make this event such a success by time keeping, taking photos, rewarding ribbons, blaring the starting siren, setting up the course, marshalling, encouraging and cheering on the competitors and the list goes on and on. Congratulations Mr Berry for all your hard work in running the event and making it such a success.  IMG_7429 IMG_7431 IMG_7439  IMG_7449 IMG_7452 IMG_7451IMG_7453 IMG_7454 IMG_7456 IMG_7458 IMG_7459 IMG_7464


Cohen enjoyed doing his best and getting a ribbon.

Crystal liked running.

Unya enjoyed getting ready at the starting line.

Remo enjoyed cheering for the others.

Great work Prep/One.


Mallacoota P-12 College 2015 Cross Country

What a fantastically cool, clear cross country day. And what a track. Probably the truest cross country track I have ever seen. On Friday the 15th of May all students from Prep – 12 threw in 110% (yes I know that’s technically impossible, but it is a commonly used sporting phrase) effort!

The track was around the back end Caravan Park before heading into the bush near the cut off stump, running to Bastion Point and back, around Mortimers Paddock, past the log cabins, through the bush, over a mighty river, for an inspirational finish across the oval to the goals.

The events ran were:
• 5km race for the 16, 17, and open boys (plus Brodie and Hannah, great work girls!!)
• 3km race for the 11-open girls and 11-15 boys
• 2km race for the two-three’s boys and girls
• 500m race for the preps-ones

Students sprinted, jogged, or walked in high spirits. It was great to have such a fun and positive atmosphere, hopefully encouraging lifelong physical activity. The winners on the day were every student who participated and helped out. Once again we had many students who participated by helping run the event. What a team.

Points were as follows:
Points Bastion Gabo
Running 198 476
Cheering 70 10
Event managers 180 60
Total 448 546

Results were once again close. Gabo taking out the event 546-448 Congratulations. For the race results and awesome colour photos see below, our web or Facebook page.

Thank you to the East Gippsland Shire Caravan Park for allowing us use of the back end of their park. Massive thanks to all the families and friends we had supporting the students. Thanks to all the teacher and student volunteers who made the running of this event possible. Lastly but defiantly not least, thank you to the students. Your positivity was fantastic.

– Simon Berry and Kathy Scott

Dist. Event Name
500m Prep-1s Boys Kalani – Finn
500m Prep-1s Girls Winter – Kyra
1km 2-3s Boys Hugo
1km 2-3 Girls Ocean
2km Under 9 Boys Heath
2km Under 9 Girls Rosie
2km Under 10 Boys Isaac
2km Under 10 Girls Hope
3km Under 11 Boys Taj
3km Under 11 Girls Emma
3km Under 12/13 Boys (End Pri) Ras
3km Under 12/13 Girls (End Pri) Issy
3km Under 13 Boys Rene
3km Under 13 Girls Jorja
3km Under 14 Boys Bailey
3km Under 14 Girls Chelsea
3km Under 15 Boys Bowan
3km Under 15 Girls Envy/Kelsy
5km Under 16 Boys Max/Tom/Tyson
3km Under 16 Girls
5km Under 17 Girls Hannah
3km Under 17 Girls Haydn
5km Open Boys Bryce
5km Open Girls Brodie

We began the afternoon with shared reading time. It wasn’t as silent as we usually like it but the buzz of a book being shared was really exciting. It was really lovely to younger siblings reading to their older brother or sister and vice versa.

We then made our way down to Room 7 for our Mother’s Day Readings presentation. Congratulations to the Grade 6 students who did an excellent job of MC the whole event. The readings brought giggles, oooohs and aaaaahs and even some lumps in the throat and tears in the eyes.

The afternoon was broken up by a number of Maths activities that had Mums and children strategising, hypothesising, calculating and manipulating.

Grade 2/3s and Prep/Ones reading the stories and poetry about Mum, once again brought about some emotional responses to their heartfelt messages.

We completed the afternoon racing around the school grounds working out clues and searching for specific places as depicted in small thumbnail photos. Each location provided us with a letter that helped us to decipher hidden messages for our Mums.


Thank you to all of our mothers and grandmothers who were able to attend our Mother’s Day Celebration afternoon last week.

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Thank you to all of our mothers and grandmothers who were able to attend our Mother’s Day Celebration afternoon on Friday last week.



In Science we made goo. We wanted to see if a liquid could be a solid at the same time. We found out that it can because of its viscosity. High viscosity means something is all sticky and has trouble moving. Low viscosity means it is really easy to move like petrol, water and milk. Examples of high viscosity liquids are caramel and cold honey. Our icky goo was awesome because it was a solid and liquid at the same time and had high viscosity and low viscosity at the same time. We made a mess!IMG_7349_2 IMG_7348_2 IMG_7347_2 IMG_7346_2 IMG_7345_2 IMG_7344_2 IMG_7342_2 IMG_7341_2 IMG_7340_2 IMG_7339_2 IMG_7338_2 IMG_7333_2 IMG_7331_2 IMG_7330_2

This week we have been learning about time. We’ve looked at Day and Night. We’ve been learning the days of the week and we have made a big clock for our classroom. We know that clocks show hours, minutes and seconds to tell us the time.

In Science we made water walk. We used paper towel and we put in each of the cups. The water has been sucked up into the paper all the way to another cup. The cups that didn’t have any water now have the same amount of water as all of the other cups.
















This week we got buckets. We fill our buckets with all the kind things we do for others. We can also fill other people’s buckets too by being nice to others. Some of the ways we can fill our buckets are: play together nicely, share with others, help others, smile, be happy, show respect and do good deeds. Ways to empty a bucket are:  interrupt, bully, be mean, tell others they can’t play, not show respect. We love our buckets and fill them really easily.


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Team Grade 6. They are going to have a great year.


Our Grade 6s

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Thank you and congratulations to our students who participated in the Mallacoota Centenary Commemorations for Anzac Day. You did both the college and your families proud.



A number of students walk with or for family members who have served for our great country.

Kahli Migotto-Brown presents the poem New Generation Veterans.IMG_1570 2

Max Gilchrist bows his head in respect after laying the wreath on behalf of Mallacoota P-12 College.

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Haydn Fellows fulfills the role of Master of Ceremonies

in Mark Tregellas’s absence.
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Kahli and Haydn congratulate each other at the end of proceedings.

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The Preps and Grade 1s have been studying World War 1 and reading lots of Picture Story Books about it, including the story of Simpson and his donkey. We have all felt incredibly moved by the efforts of our soldiers during this time.

During the week we have been looking at the influence of animals in the war. Please find our stories written below. Children were fascinated by the stories of both mascots and the working animals during this time as you will see reflected in their work.

We learnt the song Lest We Forget and discussed the Photos that accompanied this Youtube clip.

Yesterday we discussed the iconic nature of the Lone Pine and made our own individual Lone Pines to be displayed.


We finish the week commemorating ANZAC Day as the P-12 College, sharing our stories planting the RSL donated Lone Pine pine and sharing our own Anzac biscuits.

It has been a pleasure working with the children and seeing their interest, compassion and empathy for the soldiers and their families during this time in our history.


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Elephants helped in the war by blocking bullets. Cats were on ships and ate mice. Narwhals cut through the ice to help the dolphins.IMG_6982

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Dolphins found bombs and told the soldiers where they were underwater.

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Dogs would find injured soldiers.


Horses pulled carts with guns.    Dolphins helped to find bombs under water.


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Dolphins went to blow up submarines.
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Camels went different places. They carried guns.

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Dogs and cats were mascots.

Dolphins helped to find bombs.

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Bendigo Bank Piggy came to visit us about School Banking. We had photos taken with him. He gave us special bags with goodies inside them. If Mums and Dads want us to start banking at school, they need to fill in the form, return it and then we can bring our bank books, with some money, every Friday.

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This afternoon in Science we discovered we could make a tea bag fly. BUT, we are not allowed to try it at home WITHOUT an ADULT. The tea bag works a little bit like a hot air balloon. We made hot air balloons to hang in our classroom.



Unya – The cows chased the dog. The dog nearly got run over.










Mikayla – Remo climbed the tree. I saw the moo cow pooing.














Gypsy – The truck had heaps of broken glass that looked like diamonds.














Halle – The dog got chased by a cow.












Remo – The water dragons were interesting. The water around them made them interesting. It could hold its breath for a very long time.














Jessica – We went into the cattle truck. It had lots of poo in it.












Kyra – Remo’s dad lifted us up into the cow truck. It had lots of poo in it.














Crystal – The rocks were great to jump on.














Cohen – At Remo’s farm Remo’s dad found water dragons. That was the first time I had seen a water dragon. I never knew they could hold their breath under water.














Kade – We saw dinosaur footprints.














Finn – The rocks were fun and the water dragons. I almost caught a baby water dragon. It ran and jumped into the water. Cohen saw it swim up and have a breath and go back down.












Lirra – We saw the cows. The cows were eating silage.












Nina – The water dragon hid under a rock and I have never seen a water dragon before. The rocks were fun to jump on.














Kalani – The rocks were great for jumping on. The cows ran at Jet.














Bella – On the farm the cows ran after the dog.












Loki – The cows were exciting because it looked like they had some fun.

It looked a little like one of the cows pooed and it was a little funny.













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