BTN Democracy







This article was about Democracy how it has made and how it is used around the world.

To give the people more of a say on big decision/s the Greeks came up with something they called democracy! Democracy is a made up of two Greek words. Demos meaning people and Kratos meaning power or rule. So together it means rule of the people.The Ancient Greeks were some of the first people to experiment with better ways of leading their people.

While their system was far from fair, it was a pretty revolutionary idea while it lasted.Some really important values also form the basis of our democracy here in Australia. We are guaranteed the freedom to express our views without getting into trouble, equal rights for people from all different backgrounds and the right to justice and a fair and independent trial.

That’s democracy in Australia, but democracy isn’t the only form of government Some countries, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are an absolute monarchy. That’s when someone born into a royal family has complete control over the people and all laws and decisions are made by that person or family. A dictatorship is another form of government. It’s similar to an absolute monarchy in that one leader has power over a country, but they usually aren’t royal. Instead, dictators often take control of a country by force. North Korea and Zimbabwe are considered dictatorships. In these countries, people usually don’t have a lot of rights and often aren’t looked after very well by their rulers.

I now understand that democracy is now one of the most popular form off government in the world.I now understand that in Australia we have a representative democracy.

When were women first aloud to vote?


“THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!” Chloe screamed.

“Wow that ride looks fun.”  Said Chloe.

“Were not going on that r. Last year it broke down and 10 people died.” Argued Chloe’s father

“WE ARE!” Screamed Chloe as she walked to the ride.

“You can’t ride this you’re too short.” Said the ride manager.

“YES I WILL!” Yelled Chloe.

“Fine! “He accepted.

He opened the gate all three of them buckled their belts.  They were moving very fast when Chloe slipped through the belt and fell. They got off Chloe’s mother asked with tears “

Chloe can you hear me?”

There was no answer.

Semester 1 Goals

What I want to learn:

I would like to improve my timetables because I stumble on some of them. I have already decided and disused how long I will practice at home with my parents and decided that this will be my focus. We decided that every night I should focus on one timetable once I have learnt that timetable I would focus on another and repeat the old one. The reason I will repeat the old one is because in the past I have learnt a timetable but because  I go learn another one I forget the one I just learnt .

How I learn and behave:

I would like to show my great leadership skills more. A way I can improve this skill is when the opportunity comes to always take the chance to lead the class. I can show the class and help the class become more collaborative. This skill will help the class and me at the same time.


About me



I am Mariana and I will tell you a little about myself.

Some of my character traits are: patience, creativity, artistic, and honest.

My favourite activity outside of school is ballet. I learn technical ballet but my dance style is contemporary ballet. I am also a swimmer and swim in squad. I learn Greek as a second language – my family’s descent is Greek. Both of my grandparents from both sides speak Greek and I have relatives in Greece. Finally, I have acted in 3 plays and enjoy drama. Two of the plays I have been in I have been the main character.

In school I enjoy all subjects. I play violin and learn  chess in chess club and have won 4 trophies in chess.


I have a family of four .My Mum’s name is Betty,  my Dad’s name is Nick and my 8 year old brother Andrew. My mum is an early childhood teacher and an ESL teacher for adults, my dad is an automotive teacher.

In the future I have considered being a vet, architect, interior designer, primary school teacher, or dancer. But I still have many years to decide.


I really want a pet but at the moment it isn’t the right time but in my life time I have had a German shepherd crossed with a malamute her name was Kya and we had a cat called Elie.

My dream pet would either be a Holland lop bunny or some sort of miniature toy poodle.


That is a little bit about me and I hope you learnt something new about me.

Annie’s and Mariana’s Six- Room- Process Poems

This week we have been working on poems one type of way we can write poems is the

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This is my classmate Annie’s poem:

In a day in May,

A very happy and peaceful May,

There were two cats no bats,

Just two sleeping cats,

In the sunlight with birds singing,

Singing i love that!

They never get along why is that?

But today they do, 

How about you?

Here is my poem:

The skis scraped against the snow,

The snow was white,

The sky was bright,

The mountain stood tall,

But one day it will fall,

The mountain whistled in the silence,

The skis scraped against the snow



I wear a black gown

But I am not a clown

It’s my hobby to scar people

I wait till someone to come by to scare

I  prepare in a spot

I see a lot

Of blood

Then drag them through the mud

That is the last they see

Then chuck them at the cork tree

Again I got to my tree

I drink crystal tea

My mum is mean and

Is keen

to kick me out

But I doubt

She tossed  out my stuff

Sometimes I  cry out in anger

I have one glass eye

People still come by.












This article was about the history and how far we have come in electricity. In 600 BC when the Ancient Greeks discovered that rubbing fur and amber together causes something we know today as static electricity. Which was actually negative particles called electrons building up and jumping from one place to another. In 1752 a Man named Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment using a kite, a key and a storm. His theory was that lightning and electric sparks were the same thing and he was right. The key attracted electricity from storm clouds which traveled down the kite string and gave him an electric shock. In 1800 Italian physicist Alessandro Volta created the first electrochemical battery, the Voltaic Pile. It used special chemicals that break apart and release electrons. In 1832 English scientist Michael Faraday made a better battery and later scientists like Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison made some big electrical discoveries including the light bulb. Finally, in 1881 a town in Surrey in the UK became the first in the world to be lit with electrical light.I now understand that there are a whole bunch of different ways we can generate electricity.I also understand that we have come a long way in terms of electricity.What is the biggest electrical source in the world?

Comparing the book to the movie Inkheart



A lot of people have different opinions on which is better the book or the movie Inkheart . But here is my opinion:


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 The book has strong use of detail, and makes you have strong visualizations of characters and settings. There are sections in the book where it can easily get boring can easily bore you, but towards the middle is where the memorable and enjoyable parts are


I was disappointed with some parts that they were not included in the movie that were in the book. I have heard people say the acting was pretty good and the actors played there role well. I thought the scenes changed a bit too suddenly but the story line mad sense.


I gave the book and the movie :


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How to grow a Plant


The materials you will need are: A pot, dirt, water, seeds, and the sun.


Step 1: First grab a pot and put some dirt. Stop adding when there is about 7cm till the top of the pot.

Step 2:  Get one of your fingers and poke a hole in the middle of the middle of dirt.

Step 3: Then get one of your seeds and carefully place it in the small hole you made once you have done that get some dirt and cover the hole.

Step 4:  Get some water and pour some, depending on its size and if your plant needs sun put it in an area that the sun hits.

Step 5: Every week give it some water and sun and watch it grow.


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This article was about how Australia is falling behind other countries in education.

There’s one area where Australians are falling behind and that could affect the whole country’s education. When tests from around the world are compared Australia doesn’t score as high as some other places. In reading and in science, Australia is sitting at seventh place. In maths there are twelve places where kids perform better. That might not sound bad the big worry is that Australia seems to be slipping behind. Earlier this year a report put out by this guy; David Gonski. He said education in Australia isn’t as good as it should be. One big problem kids who go to schools in wealthy areas tend to do better than kids at disadvantaged schools. Gonski wanted to make this fairer by giving more money to the schools that need it the most. Well, now the Prime Minister has responded to the report. While she’s not doing everything Gonski suggested, she’s announced some big changes to the way schools are funded. And she says there’ll be more money for kids that need extra help.The PM’s changes will cost about six and a half billion dollars. Some say 13 years is too long to wait for a better education system. Still, many say it’s a huge step in the right direction.

I now understand that Australia is falling behind other countries in education. I also understand that we are aiming to get better and hope that to be in 13 years.

What are other country’s doing different to Australia?

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