Newsletter - Edition 14-2015

News from Middle Years

Year 6 Poetry

Year 6 has been researching and writing poetry. After reading and reciting several Australian iconic poems, we decided to challenge ourselves and create our descriptive poems using skills we had learnt throughout the unit. These poetry techniques included personification, repetition, rhyming and similes. Below are some examples of our great work.

The Sun

She brightens your day without even trying
A beauty to look at but her talents can burn your eyes
She's fun to play with but playing too long can hurt
Amazing but powerful, if she wants she can make you burn
Phoebe Di Mattina

The Dusty Sand

The dusty sand where I can hear the kangaroos bounce
Boing… boing… boing
Aaawwwoooo,

I can hear the dingo’s howl
The dusty sand below the clear blue sky
And the sparkling golden sun.
I look around me and see red dry sand on my feet,
As the sun is burning the dusty sand

The smell of the dusty sand on the terrain
Is just like the sausages burning on the BBQ
 As the smoke wafts to my nose
Of meat that can be used for a stew
I can feel the dusty sand
The grains running through my fingers
As I run I feel it in my shoes
As though it was kicked up by some kangaroos

Using the dusty sand
We can use the flickering flame
To bake the soft damper bread
And with butter we will surely be fed
Sarah Servello

That Sunburn Country

I live in that sunburn country. The one with dusty plains. The one with native animals. The one with droughts and no rain. The one with long living cultures. The one that’s unforgiving.

On the coastline you hear the waves roll. You taste and smell the sea salt. You see the surfers paddling out. You hear them laugh, talk and shout. You feel the wind blow through your hair. It helps you breath in the air.

In the bush you see marvellous native animals. You see the kangaroos, nibbling on the grass. You see the emus running, they look very stunning. You hear the cockatoo scream and shout you don’t know what it’s all about. They see the sun, rise and fall, she wears a beautiful cotton shawl.

You hear the didgeridoo play. You hear it roar with joy, it makes me want to sway. You see the possum football fly. You really want to give it a try. You see them sing and dance, they sing about the upcoming spring.

I live in that sunburn country. The one with dusty plains. The one with native animals. The one with droughts and no rain. The one with long living cultures. The one that’s unforgiving.
Claudia Cococcia

All around Australia

Australia, Australia it is my home
I love it so dearly its all I know

Sydney’s harbor bridge
and its Opera house too
are some of our icons
just to name a few.

The harbor bridges view is spectacular to see
But keep in mind the opera house
 because it was designed by a Danish man
with an architectural degree

Australia, Australia it is my home
I love it so dearly its all I know

Melbourne has four seasons in one day
I feel hot I feel cold
I never stay the same.
Melbourne’s trams the MCG
Are a few paces you’ll want to be.

Australia, Australia it is my home
I love it so dearly its all I know

Canberra’s Parliament House
where the politics
the leaders of our country
decide what laws to make.
They have the war memorial too
to acknowledge the solders
What they went through

Australia, Australia it is my home
I love it so dearly its all I know

Tasmania’s famous for its fresh food
From apples to truffles
even beer too.
They have the tassie devil
which is very cute
many people adore it,
because its kind of beaut.

Australia, Australia it is my home
I love it so dearly its all I know

Darwin is amazing
with its sunny beaches
that is one of it’s manin features.
They have cute crocs
which you wouldn’t want to mistake for rocks

Australia, Australia it is my home
I love it so dearly its all I know
Cleo Allsop

Claire Hesse

 

Year 7 Mathematics Games Day

Thank you to the students who were involved in supporting the Year 7 state-wide Mathematics Games Day held at Wesley College on Monday 7 September.

The students participating were Mia Harmon, Amelia Johnson, Chelsea Kwan and Mandy Mercer.

The day evolved with a myriad of challenging mathematics games, problem solving activities and exploring tangrams.

Congratulations to the Year 7 team who came 6th out of 40 schools, making Genazzano FCJ College the top participating girls’ school on the day.

Penelope Karasavidis
Mathematics Enrichment Co-ordinator