Lets Celebrate!

Yesterday our whole school was forced to sit outside on the oval in 32 degrees, and watch every single class perform songs. I am in grade 6C, so that meant that we were right at the back. And even worse, we couldn’t hear a thing because we had wind blowing from behind us.

Miss Wencel, our performing arts teacher, had put so much effort into organizing this, and it looked really good. There was a truck that folded out into a stage, and all of the performances were good. They were supposed to be kind of directed to us, because we have only got 3 weeks left before high school. The preps were my favourite, because they were all so cute singing ‘you are my sunshine’ and ‘you’ve got a friend in me’. After the preps it was us, and it was so fun that I almost felt sad when it had to finish. After our graduation song, which was a jumble of all different songs, the whole school sang ‘celebration’ but it was a bit embarrassing because the grade sixes mucked it up.

Kim, who was sitting next to me in the line, got so sun burnt that her whole shoulders were red (we had to dress semi formal, which unfortunately meant dresses or skirts.) And if it wasn’t enough just for one show, we had to do it twice!


The Nervous System!

Have you ever wondered how your brain sends messages down to the rest of your body? Or how  the rest of your body sends messages back up to your brain? Well, our inquiry topic for Term 4 is Mighty Me. A few weeks ago everybody in year 6 had to pick a system of the body, eg Immune System, Muscular System, or Skeletal System, and then pick a smaller problem to work on. I chose the Nervous System,and how your brain functions to send messages down to your body.

The nervous system helps all parts of the body to communicate with each other. The brain and the spinal cord are essential for the nervous system to work, so they are called the central nervous system. All of the other nerves in your body are called the peripheral nervous system.

Neurones are the basic block of the nervous system. They are nerve cells, and they are shaped differently depending on where they are in the body and what role they play. All neurones have finger-like projections called Dendrites and a long fiber called an axon. Neurones aren’t easily replaced if they die or a damaged, unlike other cells in the body.

The axon feathers have bumps on them. Each bump sits near a dendrite from another neuron. The space between an axon and a dendrite is called a synapse. Messages from the brain and the spinal cord (CNS) jump the synapse from one dendrite to the next, using special chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Here are some problems that can go wrong with the Nervous System:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Meningitis
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Here are some fun facts to get your brain working!

  • Like fingerprints, every tongue has its unique print!
  • When awake, the human body produces enough electricity to power a light bulb!
  • The brain is the powerhouse of the human body, even though it only makes up two percent of the bodies weight!
  • Your bones are composed of 31% water!

The Nervous System – Word Document

The Nervous System – Powerpoint Presentation



Fashions on the Field!

“And here comes the wonderful Ruby Light, looking as pretty as a fairy in her forget-me-not blue dress. It is rumoured that her outfit today is worth a couple of thousand dollars. As for the shoes, designed by the billionaire, Mr Myer, are as fashionable as a giraffe skinned handbag. Miss Ruby is looking very stylish with her beautiful hair down and a headband as shiny as a black beetle. I personally believe that her hair tie ALONE is around about several hundred bucks. And could I have a round of applause (and a standing ovation), for the lovely Miss Ruby!”


Crack the Code!

Ok, so the past few days we have been doing a maths task where we have to find the value of or name using this code:

A .27
B .10
C .12
D .14
E .27
F .16
G .18
H .20
I .27
J .22
K .24
L .26
M .28
N .30
O .27
P .32
Q .34
R .36
S .38
T .40
U .27
V .42
W .44
X .46
Y .27
Z .48

I worked out that the value of my name is $4.03. Mrs Walker is the most valuable teacher and my mum is the most valuable in my family. My street value is $1.61 and my two pets are worth $1.46 and 91 cents The most expensive school around Gisborne is New Gisborne primary school.

What is the value of your name? Can you work it out?

1850’s Newspaper

Hey guys, this is my 1850’s newspaper:

A man; back moustache and bushy beard, taller than average and most likely carrying an empty sack. Reward is to be set. This man is charged for breaking into Sir John Huffuloo’s tent at dawn on the previous Friday. There appears to be nothing taken, and three troopers searched the tent and insist there is nothing unusual except for a broken candle. “I don’t have anything anyone would want!” Reports Sir John Huffuloo, “I haven’t found gold in months!
Written by Ruby Light

Squabbling Colonies

Australia used to be separate colonies. They had different sized train tracks, (so you couldn’t go directly through to another colony), They didn’t share water/rivers and any other resources such as food, mines and precious things. Then people go t together and made a debate on if they became one nation. The colonies had to give up some of their power to do that though, so federation was less likely than unlikely. Each colony had their own difficulties. Tasmania was still getting over their big convict past, New South Wales was bragging about being the ‘Mother Colony’, Western Australia felt isolated from the rest of them, South Australia were proud about being settled by free settlers (not convicts), Victoria had flourished in the gold rush and their population had soared, Queensland were debating whether to divide into Northern, Southern and Central Queensland and Northern Territory felt neglected under South Australia’s control. Before federation happened, they made Melbourne the Capital City but that caused problems with the rest of the states. In 1901 when there was federation, they built Canberra, named it the Capital City, and made a government. They all lived happily ever after!

Australia’s Early History

Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering how Australia got it’s name? Well, my class have been doing a little bit of research about it . . .

Mathew Flinders was the sailor who came up with the name Australia. It came from the Latin term ‘Terra Australis Ignota’ which means ‘Unknown Southern Land’.

Modern Australia began as a big prison for all of England’s Convicts. When people found gold in some parts of Australia, people from all over the world came by ship to strike rich. Unfortunately, most people didn’t find gold, but they still had to pay 30 shillings for a gold license. How unfair! Even if you weren’t digging, panning or mining, you still had to pay the fine if you didn’t have a license.

Miners and diggers everywhere around Ballarat didn’t want to pay for a licence, so they held a meeting by Bakery Hill. They burnt their licenses, elected a leader, (Peter Lorla), and built a fence around an area and raised the Eureka Flag. This was called the Eureka Stockade.

Lots of diggers died, and only 6 troopers were killed or injured. The Eureka Stockade led to Federation around 50 years later, when Australia became one nation.

This is Australia’s Early History . . .

Do you have any other facts about Australia’s Early History?

My Sovereign Hill Letter

Dear Ma’am or Sir,

I am so very grateful that you have accepted me into your Red Hill National School.

My name is Ruby, and I am almost twelve. I came from California, and I arrived on a clipper ship called Marco Polo. The trip to Melbourne was alright, because we travelled second class with the gold we found in California. My family and I had a cabin with bunk beds, but we had to share it with a mother and her screaming baby. My mother and father made some money on the ship, by selling apples to those who had scurvy. We went for seventy two days without seeing land.

The track to the diggings was scary, because even though there were no bushrangers around, I spotted blood on a few trees as we walked past. My family slept in swags full of dry leaves and feathers, and it was very comfy. One of us always had to stay awake, on the lookout for bushrangers, and it took a long time but eventually we got to the goldfields.

Now we are living in a small one roomed hut next to the six by six square metres that we are allowed to mine. I suppose it is a little bit small, but compared to the ragged old tent we had in California, it seemed like a palace.

My parents are very nice, my father is a gardener, and he can grow almost anything out the back of our home. My mother is a cook, and she just opened up her very fine cook shop, that I have to sweep every day.

I am an only child, so that means that I get a lot more jobs than most other children. Sometimes mother teachers me how to read and write, but it will be much easier to learn when I come to school. I am a hard worker, and I can cook like a lady. When I attend your Red Hill National School, I promise that all my homework will be done on time.

Yours sincerely,


sovereign hill letter