Mr. Rees' Class Blog

Assembly skit: How to torture your teacher and how your teacher tortures you

Below is the video of our assembly skit ‘How to torture your teacher and how your teacher tortures you’.

Well done everyone, you all did a fantastic job. We missed the iPad one but it all still worked out well. :D


Excursion: Parliament of New South Wales – Wednesday 11th June

Today we will be going on a half day excursion to Parliament of New South Wales for a tour of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council Chambers, this will also  include a role play.

We will enter Parliament House from Macquarie Street through the Security Gate House. All bags are screened – please make sure you do not bring any sharp objects like scissors, etc. Your bags will need to be stored during the tour, so if you do not need to bring one you will find it much easier.

We will be departing School at 10:05am and returning by 1:10pm. You need to make sure you are wearing your full school uniform.

Update: Here a couple of photos from the excursion, more can be found in the Gallery.

Art/Science: Adapting to their environment (camouflage)

For our science unit this term we are looking at Desert Survivors, although we will be looking at Survivors in general and not just those in the desert.  The unit is about living things and how they have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive their environment.

We did a art/science lesson using Lord Howe Island Stick Insect models to show how these insects would have to adapt (focus on camouflage) to successfully live in a school environment. Below are two  examples of the artwork students have completed.


Narrative: Who is Ialocin Seer?

Online Art CreatorIalocin Seer was a young hunter from a lost tribe, in a lost time and on a distant world he new nothing about. His only companion was a computer generated autobot that would pop out from his wristpod every time he mentioned the words Icolainay Eesray. Ialocin was tall, balding and starting to develop a large belly from all the junk food that he managed to hunt down at the local Regrub Gnik. Ialocin was about to begin another hunt when ………

Who is Ialocin Seer?


Task 1:

  • Create a picture of your alternative self using ‘Build Your Wild Self ’ website. Print it out and stick it in your publishing book when you have finished writing your story.

Task 2:

  • Write a short 1-2 page narrative about a character who’s name is the same as yours, except BACKWARDS.
  • You also need to include a Pig Latin version of your name in the narrative.
    Pig Latin-  take the first letter of your name and put it at the end and then add ay. Do the same again to your last and even your middle name.
  • You can backwardify (this is not a word) places and objects.
  • You can, with permission, use your friends name as long as they are written in the same style.

Brainstorm – Write – Self Edit – PeerEdit – MrRees – Publish

Matchstick Puzzles

Puzzle 1: Remove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains.

Puzzle 2: Move 6 matches so that 5 squares are formed.

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Excursion: The Mikado

On Thursday 22nd May Year 5 and Year 6 students have been invited to view a special performance of the Mikado by students from North Sydney Girls and Boys High Schools.

When: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Where :North Sydney Boys High School
Time: Leave school at 10:15am and return at 1:30pm
Transport: Bus
Cost: Term 2 Invoice
Wear: School Uniform
Recess: Children will take their recess to the performance.
Lunch: There will be no lunch orders on this day. Students will eat their lunch when returning to school.

Here are a couple of videos that will give you an idea of what this comedy opera is about.

Language: The Piano by Aidan Gibbons

In class we are looking at Perspective in Art and in our writing work. We will be using this animation in class  to help us get a better understanding of what it is and why it is important in our work.

I have created this Power Point document to help further understand the animation. It has a low resolution version of this video and several pages to complete. We will complete them during our computer time on Thursdays. You need to make sure you save the Power Point document into your own folder before making changes.

Freedonia: Gold discovered in ……. (R$)

The latest news from Freedonia:

Gold has been discovered in the province of ……….. Each person on this table has been rewarded with gold (R$) and all of Freedonia will have an opportunity to partake in the GOLD RUSH.  Find a gold deposit (R$) by answering a question right in our Quiz: Australian Gold Rush.

Quiz Questions will be based on the information report below, as well as the information from the Eureka Stockade we did in class.

Study the information and be ready next week for ….




Australian Gold Rush


The Gold Rush of the 1850s was a major turning point in Australian colonial history. The Gold Rush led to a rapid increase in population, the hastening of a democratic government, economic growth; a huge influx of money which made the colonies prosper, especially Victoria. All this made Australia the country we know today.

First Main body paragraph

The Gold Rush had brought a myriad of people into the country. The population trebled between 1850 and 1861. In 1852 alone, 370,000 immigrants arrived in Australia; taking the population from around 300,000 to a massive 700,000. As a result, conflict between different races emerged. The worse affected being the Chinese, the Chinese had always been the outcast on the diggings, the reason being that the Chinese had different ways to the British. But this is what made Australia known for its multiculturalism, high immigration rates contributed in a large part to the multicultural nature of Australia today. Immigration not only contributed to multiculturalism though, with the increase of population came an economic boom. When the lucky diggers spent their money, people could start making profits and produce more. There was more money out there than ever before. The Australian economy was thriving.

2nd main body paragraph

One of the big effects of the Gold Rush was the boom in the Australian economy. This was caused because of the huge influx of money pouring into the country. Expenditure on public works in Australia increased from 122000 pounds in 1852 to 356000 pounds in 1853, this is clear evidence that there was a lot of money. Victoria had contributed around one third of the world’s gold output in the 1850′s. As a result there were a lot of people becoming rich. Miner’s weren’t the only ones profiting from the Gold Rush though. Industries were established to serve the miners and employment opportunities were abundant; the number of flour mills jumped from 20 in 1853 to 40 in 1854. More industries were set up. More people could go to work; the production of bushels of wheat rose from 250 in 1854 to 1148 in 1855. With more money out there, more grander buildings could be built. More schools were also built. The living standards were raised. But questions were being asked about the rights of the people living in this growing country.

3rd Main body paragraph

The Gold Rush was a big contributor to how Australia’s democratic government is run today. The miners were pursuing the government for more rights and for a fair world. The rights they were fighting for included the demolition of the miners license. and the right for all men to vote. They started rebellions; the most famous being the Eureka Stockade, protests, unions formed to pressure governments even more. The Eureka Stockade formed a basis for democracy that exists in Australia today. Finally in 1857, Victoria introduced a law which allowed men over 21 to vote. Although it was only men, it was a start. After a few decades, everyone would have their own say like we are used to now.

4th main body paragraph

The Gold Rush has affected the image that people get when they think of Victoria. Because of the Gold Rush, a lot of money was coming into Melbourne. The result, grand and exquisite buildings, attractive landscapes that were out of this world. New buildings started being built, such as art galleries, music halls or the state library that still exists now. It is because of this that people started calling Melbourne ‘Marvelous Melbourne’. Artists and writers began capturing ‘images’ that defined what we call ‘typically Australian’. Writers wrote poems and stories while artists drew paintings. Everyone was proud of their country. All this made up a national identity that caught the attention of the world.


In conclusion, it is clear that the Australian Gold Rush had a major and lasting impact on Australian society even until now. Whether is was the multiculturalism, our marvelous cities or the Australian pride attitude we have for our country, it has changed our country for the better.

Computer Assignment: Timmm…ber

Since we are limited in time the assignment has been change During our computer time on Thursdays and our iPad time on Tuesdays, we will be doing work based on our HSIE unit ‘Rainforests’.


You are very concerned about the rainforests. You have heard that if something isn’t done about all of the trees being cut down, there soon will be no more rainforests. You do not want this to happen so you get to work.

  1. Brainstorm all of the reasons for saving the rainforests.
  2. Make a list of all of the animals that live in the rainforest.
  3. Make a list of products that come from the rainforest.
  4. Write a letter to the Prime Minister explaining your position.
  5. Design a flyer that will convince people to aid in your campaign to save the rainforests.
  6. Brainstorm places that may be ideal to place your posters.

iPad: Angles

We have done a lot of work on angles over the last week, today we get a chance to test our skills. With a partner complete the test and try to achieve a positive score.

Age of the Angles


What was your score?