Mr. Rees' Class Blog

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?

Guide to mastering chopsticks

Practice makes perfect!!

For those already skilled in the art of Chopsticks, you will be required to be Ambidextrous.

Good luck at the

Harmony Day Chopstick Olympics

Cost: R$300
($100 discount if you are wearing National Dress)

Prizes to be won :mrgreen:

Radio play: Moving Movies

Our first Radio play this year ’Moving Movies’. It can also be seen in the [Podcast] section where all our audio files will be kept.

Assignment: Speech – Why should we save the Rain Forests? Due: Monday 7th April (Week 11)

This Term our assignment is to present a speech that will persuade everyone  ’Why should we save the Rain Forests?’

Your speech needs to be 3 minutes in length (see rubric) and is due on:

 Monday 7th April (Week 11)

Purpose: To attempt to convince the listener that we should save the Rain Forests

Research:  Make sure you research the topic, there is a lot of information available in books and online


Opening statement - introduce your point of view (Position)

Arguments – points and evidence

Conclusion – repeat your point of view

Features: Present tense

Connectives: because, although, however, therefore, actually, so, while, nevertheless, basically, obviously, clearly, furthermore, finally


  • Use good reasons and evidence to convince your readers
  • Use facts rather than just persuasive comments
  • You may wish to counter arguments
  • Try to get the listener interested and on your side
  • Use strong, positive language
  • Make the reader think that everybody else does this, agrees or that it will make them a better, happier person, Everyone agrees that…, We all know that…
  • Be informative, persuasive and friendly
  • Alliteration can make slogans memorable, eg Buy British Beef
  • Use a little humour as it can help get people on your side

Marking Rubric ( 20 Points)

Time- Limit

  • 4 Points: Presentation is close to 3 minutes long.
  • 3 Points: Presentation is under 3 minutes long.
  • 2 Points: Presentation is 2 or 4 minutes long.
  • 1 Point: Presentation is less than 2 minutes OR more than 4 minutes.

Volume and Speaks Clearly

  • 4 Points: Volumes is loud enough to be heard by all audience members throughout the presentation. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) of the time, and mispronounces no words.
  • 3 Points: Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 90% of the time. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (100-95%) of the time, but mispronounces one word.
  • 2 Points: Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 80% of the time. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word.
  • 1 Point: Volume often too soft to be heard by all audience members. Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.

Posture and Eye Contact

  • 4 Points: Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
  • 3 Points: Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
  • 2 Points: Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact.
  • 1 Point: Slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation.

Stays on Topic

  • 4 Points: Stays on topic all (100%) of the time.
  • 3 Points: Stays on topic most (99-90%) of the time.
  • 2 Points: Stays on topic some (89-75%) of the time.
  • 1 Point: It was hard to tell what the topic was.

Content (Persuasive )

  • 4 Points: Is able to convince the audience and shows full understanding of the topic.
  • 3 Points: Is able to convince the audience and shows a good understanding of the topic.
  • 2 Points: Provides a few persuasive arguments and shows a good understanding of parts of the topic.
  • 1 Point: Does not provide persuasive arguments and does not seem to understand the topic very well.

Camp photos

Did you enjoy The Great Aussie Bush Camp?
What was your favourite part?

Here are some photos from camp. If you have any you would like to share in this Gallery you will need to send them to me or bring them to school.