November 10, 2017

A Busy Week For Grade Fives

Grade 5 students have had a busy week. It started on Wednesday with a visit from Rookies Reach. The grade 5 students played grid racing, a game which requires a lot of team effort and self control. Students learned important cooperation and team skills.

Then on Thursday students visited Mordialloc College. Students participated in Food, Science, PE, Art and Tech lessons. What did you guys think of Mordialloc SC post in the comments? Now that you have visited both Mordialloc and Patterson River which do you prefer? Vote in the poll.

Lastly on Friday afternoon the grade 5 students in Mr Duncan’s class got a special visit from Zali (Mr Duncan’s baby girl).

Which school do you prefer?

Mordialloc College
Patterson River Secondary College

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November 2, 2017

Patterson River Secondary College

Grade 5 students visited Patterson River Secondary College today to get a taste of high school life. The students participated in lessons on Art, Science, English, Sport and more.

What did you guys think of high school?

What are some of the good things about Patterson River Secondary?


October 27, 2017

It’s Academic

This morning, Kyeden, Anthony, Tulip and Jordan from grade 5 competed in the It’s Academic competition conducted by Mordialloc College. They came 1st against some tough competition from 7 different primary schools. The students had to answer very tricky questions about History, Geography, Maths, general knowledge and much more. Congratulations to these awesome grade 5 students and well done on your fantastic performance.

Below are just a few of the questions from the competition: (comment below if you know any answers)

  1. In which country did the Olympics originate?
  2. Who is the premier of Victoria?
  3. What year did world war 1 finish?
  4. Which American city is known as the big apple?
  5. At what temperature does water freeze?
  6. Who won Australian survivor this year?
  7. Who was Australia’s first prime minister?
  8. What element is Au on the periodic table?

October 19, 2017

Year 5 iPad Buddies program

As a part of the Year Five leadership program, students have been working with their Foundation Buddies to improve their ICT skills.  Once weekly on a Thursday after lunch, the children get together for sessions where the older students model and guide their younger buddy how to use various forms of technology.

In our first session, Year Five students showed the Foundation students features and functions of the iPad. They taught them many things, some of which were:

*How to turn it on?

*How to unlock and lock the screen?

*How to scroll between screens?

*How enter and exit an app (back to home screen)?

*How to change the volume?

*Parts of the ipad (i.e. buttons, camera, etc).

*Practise taking photos and then going back in to the photo app to see and delete them.

In the second session, Foundation students created story books using the app ‘Book Creator’ with the help of their Year Five buddy. Together, they took photos of different THRASS phonemes and added audio, drew pictures, typed in words linked to that phoneme and found and item in the classroom which contained that sound.

Here are some photos from our first sessions. We look forward to many more ICT lessons together as the term progresses!




August 8, 2017

Science in the Senior School

The Senior Sub School is currently undertaking a Biological Science unit called ‘Desert Survivors’. In this unit, students will engage in activities which help them to understand how living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.

In our last science lessons, students began to learn about the concept of ‘desiccation’, which in biology terms is the removal of water from the cells of an organism. They bagged leaves to explore how plants lose water through their leaves. They also worked in teams to soak cloths to investigate whether smaller surface areas lose less water.

After making careful observations and measurements over time, students logged the loss of water over time in a graph on their iPads and completed their record sheets in their science journals. Here are some photographs taken from one of our sessions.

Here are our wet sponges drying, with one being weighed on the scales.

Students are recording the weight of the sponge as it dries over time.

Using iPads to create graphs of their data in Google Sheets from the measurements taken.

Calculating the percentage of water lost over time.


July 28, 2017

Rubik’s Cube Club


Throughout Term 2, several students from across year five and six participated in a Rubik’s Cube lunchtime program. Our focus was on solving the 3×3 cube for beginners and moving onto more difficult cubes for the more advanced solvers. Some of the more challenging cubes included the 2×2, 4×4, 5×5, Rubik’s Void and the Rubik’s Gear Ball.

The Rubik’s Cube lunchtime program will again be beginning in week 4 this term and will run with the following program.

Mondays 2:00  – 2:30       Rubik’s Cube for beginners (this will focus on solving the standard 3×3 cube).
Tuesdays 2:00 – 2:30        Advanced cubing (focus will be on more difficult cubes and getting faster at the 3×3).

Anyone who is interested is more than welcome to attend. If you think it sounds like a bit of fun and would like to get involved, it would really help to learn how to solve the cubes if you bring your own one to the club. These can be purchased cheaply from $2 stores and do not need to be the brand versions.

If your keen to get started on solving the 3×3 cube, I have posted a solution guide below.

Any questions, please see Mr. Ireson


June 30, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a safe and happy school holidays from everyone in the senior school.


June 23, 2017


Senior school students participated in two golf sessions this week. These sessions were run by a professional golf instructor from Sandhurst Golf Course. They learnt the correct technique when holding the club and hitting the ball. The students really enjoyed these sessions.

“The golf sessions were a lot of fun. My favourite part was the long distance hitting. Also the instructor (Paul) was very nice.” Kyeden

“Golfing was cool because I got to learn a few things I didn’t know about golf. Also I got a chance to practice and get better.” Shailey

Students have one more golf session next Monday.


June 6, 2017

Marine Ambassador Workshop 2

Today the 2017 Marine Ambassadors (Kai, Shailey, Emily and Logan) from grade 5 and 6 went on an excursion. The excursion was the 2nd Marine Ambassador workshop for 2017. First we went to Banyan Reserve in Carrum Downs to observe a litter trap being emptied. Then we went over to Mordialloc Pier to collect some data on litter in the sand for Tangaroa Blue. The students learned a lot about the current litter situation in our local area and the damage it causes.

Please watch the video below to see how our day went. (Unfortunately Shailey could not be there when we created the video back at school)


June 2, 2017

Girls Footy

Today the senior school girls footy team had their first training session in preparation for the girls AFL day in Term 3.

The girls practised kicking, handballing and bumping. They particularly enjoying smashing into Mr Ireson while he was holding the padded bumping bag.

Congratulation to all of the girls for coming along and giving it a go.