…..but they were exhausted…


The smell of moist tree bark filled my nose. The glistening stars enlightened the late night sky. The light of the moon helped lead me through the woods. My thick boots sunk into the mushy mud and then I heard “CHOP, CHOP”; I knew it was the sound of a helicopter. They were looking for me. I heard moving muffled voices in the distance, coming closer and closer. I was the hunter’s target. They were coming for me. Unconsciously my legs started to run ferociously but they were exhausted from the millions of kilometers I had already traveled. I stopped running, my heart was beating frantically. I was panting a lot. I fell to my knees, tears rushed down my face. It wasn’t time to give up, it was just the beginning. I heard a loud gunshot and looked down at my chest.

When they took over

When they took over

Elouera raced down the dirt track. She loved being free. Her spear was tightly grasped in her hand. As she ran, the little rocks on the path hurt her bare feet but she got used to it. Every day it hurt less. The stream was in site. In the blink of an eye, there were little things jumping out of the water. She was at the edge of the stream trying to understand how not to scare the fish. She was ready to go into the flowing water when she realised that she needed something to lour the fish in. She walked out of the water and onto the dirt. She started to stomp on the ground as this was a technique her father taught her for louring worms. When the worms hear the stomping they think it is rain, and for some reason they love rain. A few started to come out, and Elouera grabbed them. There were at least ten of them. She grabbed them and walked back to the edge of the stream. She slowly walked into the glittering water. Her feet shivered with cold. She kept walking into the crystal water. The worms wriggled in her left hand. In her right hand still tightly clutched was her spear. She was now in the middle of the crystal clear water. She grabbed her spear and fed the worm through the pointy part of the spear. She then put the spear in the water and the fish slowly started to come. She opened her hand and released the rest of the worms into the stream. There were at least ten fish surrounding her. Elouera grabbed one with her bare hands and threw it on the land.


Something rustled in the bushes. Elouera wondered if it was the Rainbow Serpent she had heard about in the Dreamtime stories. This curious girl always wanted to see the Rainbow Serpent so there she stood remaining silent. All that could be heard was the whistling breeze in the distance. She threw a fish towards the bush. Something jumped out and took it. She suddenly saw her brother Adoni. ‘Adoni!’ Elouera yelled at him. She wanted to hunt more than Adoni so her father would be proud of her. All of a sudden, Adoni had completely gone out of sight. One by one Elouera threw the fish on land. She had about twenty fish. There was a piece of curved bark lying on the ground. She knew that was how she was going to take her food home. She walked slowly out of the water. She suddenly hesitated. In the distance was a figure which had a long tail and a pouch. Elouera extended her right hand back. The tip of the spear pointed at the figure as she thrust the spear towards it. It suddenly collapsed and Elouera rushed out of the water and grabbed the animal’s tail. She was out of the water. She gathered all the fish and put them on the bark and lifted it up in her left hand. She walked up to the animal and grabbed its tail and dragged it along the dirt track.

Her long brown hair flowed in the wind. From memory, Elouera knew home was close. ‘Biyanga’(dad), ‘Wiyanaga’(mum) called Elouera. She heard strange noises and hesitated. Suddenly, she hid behind a bush. Her home was no longer her home. There were spears everywhere on the ground. The camp fire was wrecked. There were people walking around in odd clothes. Elouera realised that they weren’t people, they were spirits from the dead. Their skin was so white. Those ‘Pesky Indians!’ said one of the spirits. Elouera crawled around to the other side of the tree. All her family were lying on the ground. She crawled over to them. “Biyanga, Wiyanya, Adoni!” she whispered. They didn’t wake up. The spirits were on the other side of the tree so they could not see her. She crawled back into the bushes. She crawled back to the other side. She saw the spirits put up a long stick into the ground and raised it up. They tied something on the top of it which swayed backwards and forwards with the wind. It had bright colours, blue, red and white with unusual shapes. A tear rushed down her face. Suddenly, a fierce rain started and thunder struck.

(2017- 26th January-Australia Day)

There is a fierce rain and the sky is lit up with lightening. Alikira is looking over at the next door neighbour’s house. There is a large Australian flag in the backyard. She is standing at the fence. There is a group of people surrounding a BBQ. Loud music is playing. People are laughing and having fun. A tear rushes down her face.

Space Video – The Solar System #2

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsF_hdjWJjo

3 Recalls:

Recall #1: The Solar System is 4 1/2 billion formation that travels around the galactic center at 200,000 km/h and circles it every 250,00,00 years.

Recall #2:  Our Solar system is divided into two the terrestrial planets Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury and the 4 Gas Giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Not only do these eight planets orbit our Sun trillions of asteroids and comets circle it. Most of them are concentrated into two belts the Asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the Kuipter belt on the edge of the Solar System.

Recall #3:  The Sun makes up 99.86% of the Solar System. At the Suns core it fuses 620 million tonnes hydrogen each second.

2 Questions:

When the sun converts mass to energy, do the other planets change?

Will the magnetic field of Earth reverse direction in the future? Will this cause problems?

1 Understanding:

I know understand the main features of the Solar System, features of the eight planets that orbit the sun and the two belts, the Asteroid and Kuipter belt that also holds trillions of asteroids and comets that also circle the sun

School Captain Speech

School Captain Speech

Before I start my speech, I would like to acknowledge the traditional land owners the Wurundjeri people and pay respect to their elders, past and present.

Good morning 5/6 students and staff.

For those of who don’t know me, my name is Mariana Galanopoulos – quite a mouthful or a challenge for those who cannot role their r’s. I am standing here today putting the case forward as to why I should be the next school captain. I have been part of this school since prep, and I have always loved the nurturing, safe environment and the close and inviting feel of the Moonee Ponds community. This great school is my second home. I am honored to speak to you today as I nominate for school captain.

Today most of our speeches will mention the qualities that make a great school captain. Sometimes these qualities can be expressed just as words, but I think it really matters how we interpret these words, whether we have these characteristics and how we show them. As they say “actions speak louder than words”.

I will start by telling you about myself. In the last few years I’ve pursued a lot of my interests and through this I have learnt many lessons which have shaped me into the person I am now. In particular, my confidence has evolved over time. It has grown through constantly challenging myself and going out of my comfort zone. I started off hiding behind my parents and when strangers asked me a question nothing would come out of my mouth, literally. But now I want to put myself out there. I relish in taking on different and new opportunities and understand the benefits of challenging myself.

In netball, I have demonstrated resilience and that I work well in a team. Never having played netball, last year I joined the school’s netball team, The Moonee Ponds Stars. You wouldn’t believe just how much our team has developed and improved since we started. Through hard work, collaboration and sheer determination we have gone from being the underdogs with a

losing streak to the team to beat; we have now won every game of the last two seasons!

Collaboration, teamwork and commitment are all qualities that I have learnt through my involvement in sports and the arts, including the MVIMP concerts, music camp and ballet. I understand the importance of everyone working closely together, listening patiently to one another and each team member being responsible for their contribution to successfully produce a piece of performing art. Dance and music have broadened my horizons and these skills will help me in a leadership role. As captain, I would always strive for our school to put its best foot forward and to work together to achieve the best we can.

As well as being collaborative, I work really well independently. This is shown in my love for swimming. Since joining North West Aquatics 10 months ago, I have gone from being a bronze to silver squad swimmer and have started swimming competitively. At the start it felt like a lot to take on; often I thought I had reached my limit, yet I always found that little more to give. When competing I draw on my self-confidence and try not to look back with self-doubt. Swimming competitively has taught me that if you’re goal-oriented, believe in yourself and work hard you can reach your goal and achieve your personal best. As a school captain, I would aim to encourage you to do your best and help you in any way I can. You only need to ask.

I am often told that I am a creative problem-solver. I attribute this to playing advanced chess and to learning other languages, Greek and Italian. Chess is dependent on problem-solving skills and strategic thinking and I find that you can apply these skills to life. In life you often have to resolve problems by making the best possible decision that is also fair. Fairness and inclusiveness are very important qualities as a school captain. In Greek school, as part of learning a language we organise theatrical plays each year. I have been involved in script writing, casting students in roles and distributing tasks. In this role, it has been important for me to be inclusive and fair to all.

By taking on many new experiences, I have also learnt to be adaptable and flexible. In Tournaments of the Mind, for instance,

we had to plan our presentation, but adapt to many changes as we developed our final project. Being involved in this experience, also required me to be a good listener, highly organised, to think spontaneously, and to make a valuable contribution. In general, I always try to listen attentively to my peers. I am very approachable, and I love helping people; it gives me great happiness and a sense of accomplishment. As a school captain, I will always make time to listen to you and will respect and value your ideas.

This year, I was selected as an SRC representative of our class. In this role I am always cooperative and inclusive. I also aim to be a good role model. As the oldest students of the school we need to be mindful that our everyday actions are observed by all the younger students. For instance, our buddies look up to us all; they are at the very start of discovering their own identities and need good mentors. I’ve also seen this within my family – I am the oldest in my family. I have a brother Andrew, who is 8, and I have 3 cousins aged 2 to 5. In being a role model, I have learnt that everyone, no matter their age, can teach us a lot of valuable lessons.

Another quality of a leader is a good communicator. I love communicating; sometimes I can’t stop talking. Just ask my friends – that’s one of the reasons they’re looking forward to their holidays. I can pass on information well. I feel comfortable talking to students, parent, teachers and the leadership team. I can adapt my communication to any situation.

Now, if you were wondering, “Will she ever finish?”, I am pleased to let you know, I am coming to the end. I did mention, I can’t stop talking…

In conclusion, I am running for school captain as I would like to represent the school through strong leadership and to make a valuable contribution to the school. Moonee Ponds Primary School has done so much for me and I am eager to take this opportunity as a school captain to give back and to continue developing my leadership skills. Together, I believe we can grow and flourish whilst actively promoting the school values of Care,

Collaboration, Respect and Optimism. I promise to instill passion, commitment and enthusiasm in this role.

Thank you for listening and I wish all the candidates the best. But don’t forget… Vote 1 for Mariana! Or for those of who speak Italian or Greek, “Voti uno per Mariana” or “Ψηφίστε ένα για Μαριάννα”.

Mariana Galanopoulos.

The Ancient Study of Astronomy


3 Facts:

  • Ptolemy was most known for because of his discovery the Ptolemaic System
  • Hipparchus cataloged lots of stars and discovered Procession of the Equinoxes – a term for the wobbling of the Earth around its axis.
  • In about 12,000 years the north star will no longer be Polaris and will actually be Vega.


2 Questions:

  • What was the very first astronomical discovery made?
  • In ancient times where there any countries or cultures that were unaware of any astronomical knowledge or had no access of calendars and other astronomical discoveries that helped other peoples lives?


1 Understanding:

  • I  now know and understand how limited they were in the ancient times to all the resources we have now days.  Yet they were capable of all these life changing discoveries,  that we should be really taking for granted.

Term 4 Goals

Writing- when introducing a new topic to make it flow better into my story.

Maths- to test all possibilities before coming to one conclusion when problem solving.

Reading- to focus more on how I could read it as a writer.


Once Review

Morris Gleitzman

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Summary: Felix a young orphan is longing to see his parents. Felix isn’t loving the life as an orphan. When people come to burn the orphanages Jewish books. Felix is desperate to find his parents. So he decides to escape from the orphanage. All though Felix may think, he is free he is in lots of danger. Through his adventure he discovers friendship, loyalty, hope and luck.


Difficulty: the genre of the story is a little complex and scary to kids below 8 or 9. But the difficulty of the wording, sentences or complexity of meanings isn’t difficult. The most complex technique is Morris Gleitzman’s use of symbolism. The overall age rating is 9+.


Overall Recommendation: I would recommend Once to people who are interested in the Second World War. Once is a great for people who love stories about cruelty, war , sadness  and a bite of reality that shows us how brutal our world really was.



Special prompt #2 (18)


Tears rushed down the face of a stressed and depressed face of beautiful girl. Opening her eyes expecting to see the comforting layers of sheets that covered her from the shivering cold night. Instead see saw the lushes green ferns of a perplexing and breathtaking forest. An object indescribable from the distance. The girl took steps closer to what now seemed to be a mirror. She thought about what this could symbolize. She looked at the mirror with a look of realization. Not because she realized how beautiful she was but because she realized that there was only one person stopping her. Herself.



however she couldn’t believe what she had done.


The loud speaker mumbled: “In lane 1 Florence Westful “. The name belonged to the girl who stood up quite relaxed from her chair and walked over to the track. Someone nudged her.

“Are you nervous Florence?”

“Puff no!” she replies. In the background people were chuckling. Someone whispered discretely, “Florence has actually turned up, she’s going to embarrass herself like always.”

Florence tried to look like an Olympic athlete doing her stretches and waving to people. By the time she looked up the siren had already gone. Everybody was way ahead. With great speed and desperation she raced to catch up. The sweat was trickling down her face and body. She had no sense of what was happening around her. She suddenly heard the crowd gasp and she looked up to see what was happening however she couldn’t believe what she had done. She had just came first.