Cybersafety over the holidays


As the end of the year is nearly upon us, the grade five teachers wanted to remind all of the grade five students about cybersafety. Cybersafety and safe internet practise still applies when you are on holidays.

Our school is currently participating in the eSmart program – which is all about being safe online.

Here are a few reminders:

  • Remember that you should behave the same way towards others whether you are online or offline. This rule applies when you are using apps like iMessage over the holidays. Remember that what you’re writing should be appropriate and purposeful. No “Hey…” messages.
  • Never give out any personal information over the internet, no matter how truthful you think the person you are talking to is.
  • If you’re unsure of what you’re viewing or if someone has sent you a message that is inappropriate make sure you tell a trusted adult what is going on. They will be able to help you.
  • Always keep your password safe!
  • Social networking sites can be fun and useful.. if you use them appropriately! Make sure if you are using these sites that your parents know you are using them. Sit down with them and teach them how to use them properly. And remember.. a lot of these sites have age restrictions where you need to be aged 13+ to register. If you aren’t 13 yet, then you definitely should not be using it.

Remember to be conscientious about these things for the rest of the year and over the holidays!!

If you or your parents want to learn more about cybersafety they can visit the cybersafety section on the 5A blog

The grade five team :)

Miss Anderson, Miss Tomat, Mrs. Morgan and Mr. Smith

5M donates to Movember

Today 5M wore home-made moustaches to support the Apollo staff that are participating in Movember. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.

A very special thanks to all of those who wore moustaches for the day and brought a donation.

5M raised $22.10 for the Apollo Movember team. Well done!!

If you still wish to make a donation you can by clicking on one of the links below.

For Mr Smith

For the Apollo staff team

5M Mo bros and Mo sistas




Grade 5 Leadership Conference


As part of our preparation for Grade 6 and our voting for the 2013 School Leaders, we held a Leadership Conference on the afternoon of Wednesday October 31st. We had three guest speakers who all hold leadership positions in our local community. Each spoke to the grade 5′s about their own personal experiences as leaders as well as giving the students insight into different types of leadership as well as the challenges and opportunities that face leaders.

The grade 5 teachers hope that all students enjoyed the afternoon and also learned some more about how to be effective leaders. To complete our Leadership Conference it would be great to hear from the students about what they enjoyed and what they learned on the afternoon. Students can provide these through commenting on this post.

Special thanks to Hannah, Shawn and Mr Reeve, our school principal, on providing such interesting and informative presentations to the students.

Important Reminder about Grade 6 uniform orders

Over the past few school days, grade 5 students have tried on a sample size polo top and long sleeve spray jacket in preparations for their Grade 6 Uniform. All information was sent home in a notice, including payment request.

This Friday the 2nd November is the final day for orders to be submitted.

If your order is late, you will not receive your Grade 6 uniform until after school has returned in 2013.


On Monday 22nd October the Grade 5s pounded the pavement and did their best powerwalking efforts to raise funds during the annual Walkathon.

A big thanks to Mrs Batchelor for organising the day – we all had a great time and the weather was beautiful!

Congratulations Jack for being the first to return the sponsorship form!


5M keenly awaiting icypoles after the Walkathon

Silverback Gorilla Fact File

We now know that Ivan is a Silverback Gorilla.

To understand the main character Ivan, research the male Western Lowland Gorilla. You are to use your iPad to both gather your information and draw upon your creative technology skills to present the research task. Yes, you can even select an appropriate app of choice to complete the final task to share with your peers. Think about the text type structure you will employ to communicate the following required facts:


  1. Habitat
  2. Diet
  3. Size and features
  4. Geographic range
  5. Behaviour
  6. Lifespan
  7. Status
  8. Threats
  9. Protection

How is Ivan’s life different now that he lives in captivity? Choose one of the dot points above to guide your answer. For example – how is his diet different to the diet of a wild gorilla?