OzTrees 4 GYS Registration Form

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This form is for delegates from the 2014 “Actions For Earth Global Youth Summit” to enter their details to enable students from Hawkesdale P12 College to plant a tree on your behalf and then contact you with further details about the location and photographs of the trees planted.

The School Vegetable Garden

Scarecrow guards the vegetable garden

As the school year finishes and summer approaches, the school vegetable garden has flourished and provided some tasty, organic vegetables for the school canteen and cookery classes. The spring crop was harvested and  beds tidied up for the summer period with appropriate summer crops going in.

This collage was put together by two year 10 ICT girls using the app Pic Collage. Can you name the vegetables that were grown and enjoyed?

Thanks to Mrs King and the grade 6 class for cultivating this garden as part of their studies.

The school vegetable patch



Million pleas – campaign to free our world of nuclear weapons


“We want to make the world’s longest video chain letter.

The video has been started by a group of school children from Hiroshima, Japan and is addressed to the 9 countries still in possession of nuclear weapons. We’re asking people from all over the globe to upload a video clip of themselves saying the word “please”. The “pleases” will then be edited into a long virtual chain letter, which will act as a petition to abolish nuclear weapons, worldwide.

The campaign is an initiative of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons, and is being launched in this the 65th anniversary year of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Watch this video created by the children of Hiroshima

Approximately 160 students, staff and parents, added their voices to the million pleas campaign today. Visit the websites below, to view our pleas to world leaders to free our world of nuclear weapons.

Art Journals

Last year I made a contact through Twitter to Quinn McDonald (www.raw-art-journals.com) in America. She was kind enough to involve our school Year 7 class in her traveling journal project. Quinn sent us some beautiful, tough and durable paper which was given to the students to decorate and make into a journal page. The pages will be sent back to Quinn and she will then bind them into a journal. This journal will be used to foster a connection to the students in a local school nearby her home. They in turn will be making a journal to send to us. Below is one of the beautiful pages made by one of my students to be sent to Quinn.


A grand jam session for Ping finale!

Before the jam session

Before the jam session

In early June, schools involved held the grand finale – a jam session for Ping –  a massive ‘hands-on’ concert with all the students involved from Casterton High School, Casterton PS, Heywood and District College and Hawkesdale P12 College.

Some of the student body

Some of the student body


Sheldon, a capable conductor led 3 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra instrumentalists and the 60 odd students attending in a grand musical production. As we started to settle and await instructions, I thought that this is just not going to work. 60 excited students from years 6 and 7 were all talking and sections were not listening very attentively to group instructions. The first exercise was a warm up where stretches were undertaken and then rhythms of words practised.

Students were gradually asked to seat themselves at instruments that had been carefully laid out on the floor. The majority of students had not learnt an instrument and their only exposure to composing had come throught the Ping project. Within minutes, the talented Sheldon, had those students ‘in the palm of his hands’. They listened intently and actually played a fabulous piece based on word jingles set to short sentences. Shiles suggested they needed a  segment on a space theme and so, in it went.

Listening to instructions

Listening to instructions

 How great it all sounded! It was recorded and can be heard here.  The home economics centre prepared a wonderful fingerfood lunch. This was a gesture of thanks to our students for being involved in the project.

Sheldon leading the jam session

Sheldon leading the jam session

Australian Animals for our Friends in Guadeloupe


The year 6 students made this voicethread in response to questions from our partner school in Guadeloupe, in the French Carribean. The French speaking students found our Australian animals to be quite strange and asked us to explain about a few of them. As a group project, we uploaded these photos from Flickr and created this slideshow. Hope you enjoy it too.

Planning for Success

P-6 staff recently attended a writing workshop run by Jen McVeity – creator of the 7 Steps to Writing program. Staff were enthused, inspired and are now committed to implementing the writing program into our literacy block. This photo shows students in year 6, participating in a group story planning session. Students pooled their ideas on heroes, villains, settings and problems, to create some highly entertaining and hilarious stories, in readiness for our participation in the global project “1001 tales”.

The International Lunch Box Project

Here is an introduction to the Lunch Box Project that I started a little while ago. It has taken a little while to get going, but we are up and away now! There are three classes involved in this project so far – one from Australia (here at Hawkesdale of course!), China and Turkey. Here is the introduction PowerPoint that I uploaded to Slideshare so that I could embed it here in my blog.