Archive | March 2017

Life Education Van

Last week our school was privileged to have the Life Education Van visit our school.

Each class was able to enter the van and participate in a one hour lesson about different life skills.

The 5/6’s learnt about decision making and consequences. We also learnt that we need to be well informed and educated before we are able to make informed decisions.


We learnt about Drug education, where we had to classify legal and illegal drugs. This was certainly an eye opener, because we learnt about energy drinks and the amount of caffeine in them. Some drugs fell in the legal medical field, even though they are normally illegal. One example of this was medical and illegal marijuana.  Foods which contain caffeine, also included chocolate and coffee. We learnt about alcohol, which is legal to people over 18 years of age and the effects that it has on the body.

We discussed just what effects cigarettes and alcohol have on the body and exactly which parts of the body are affected.

At the end of the session we got to meet Harold, the mascot for Life ed. He was really cute!!


We were very fortunate again this year to have Lydia from the

Monash Science Centre visit our school to teach us about how the earth moves.

Her presentations are always so informative, interesting and educational.

We learnt so much about the earth.

She explained about the layers of the earth, about natural disasters

and particularly, about earthquakes and volcanoes.

We conducted some experiments which helped us to understand

what is going on underneath the Earth’s crust.

It helped us to understand the movement of Tectonic Plates,

and how rock consistently heat, melts, cools and solidifies.

These hands-on activities were enjoyed by all and

they helped consolidate our knowledge on how the earth really does move.

Our first activity was to understand how magma moves just below the crust.

We then experimented with some ‘oobleck’; this was so much fun.

It helped us understand how the earth’s core is solid, and yet how the magma is liquid.

Great stuff!

Our final hands-on activity was to create a volcanic eruption in a plastic bottle.


Watch the videos below to find out just what we did.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Follow the link below to previous posts on Weather and Climate and Natural Disasters

Weather and Climate – what’s the difference?


Notan is a Japanese word meaning the balance between dark and light.

It is also an art form involving paper cutting and positive and negative shapes.

The Japanese artists begin with black and white paper and cut out shapes and lines to create a unique design, but we looked at the colour wheel and chose to complete our Notan art using contrasting and analogous colours.

Below is a video of our finished work.