Burkes and Wills, Chapter 1: The Desire to Explore

In 1858, Melbourne was just 23 years after being established and Victoria, 7 years. Citizens of the colony knew only about the coastal fringes of NSW and Victoria and the ‘ghastly bank’ (the area inside the coast, a vast desert). Today, we know more about outer space then they did about going north of the Great Darling River.

Victoria became one of the richest places in the British Empire. They made a proposal for and exploration party to unlock the great mystery of the Arid Interior (a dried area in the central of Australia). It was also a scientific exploration to find out about new species, gold and minerals of the mysterious country. It was as important as the telegraph line discovered in London by the same colony of people.

On the 20th of August 1860, the expedition left Melbourne for the great Gulf of Carpentaria. Seven men died attempting to cross the enormous mainland. The expedition was so called “ill-fated” but everyone had forgotten about the incredible achievements and determination for the first men to cross the continent, Burkes and Wills!

Explorers Of Australia: George Bass and Matthew Flinders

George Bass was born in England (1771-1803). His friend to be Matthew Flinders was also born in England  (1774-1814). Together in 1795, they joined to battle the journey to New South Wales. Bass, the doctor of the HMS Reliance and Flinders, the all-important Midshipman.

Bass and Flinders shared the same interest, to explore. They explored Botany Bay and Georges Lake together. They became best friends. On their second voyage, they discovered Port Hacking and Lake Illawarra. They had also proved to Governor Hunter that Australia and Van Dieman’s Land (now Tasmania) are separated by sea.

In 1799, Bass resigned and in 1803, he sailed for Chile, South America. Unfortunately, the ship had disappeared and Bass was never seen again. Thsi was a very tragic moment for Flinders.

In1801, Flinders sailed back to England. As soon as he arrived, he was sent back to Australia and was put in charge of an expedition around the country, taking him three years to complete it.

After the expedition, he sailed in the Cumberland back to England. On the way, the Cumberland started leaking. He stop on Mauritius that was ruled by the French colony. At that time, the French were in a war with England and so the French thought he was a spy. They arrested him for six years.

In 1810, he returned and arrived in very poor health. Four years passed and Flinders died of bad health in 1814, aged 40.

China Town Reflection

On the 22nd of July 2011, the 5/6’s of MPCS went to China Town in Melbourne as a part of our inergrated unit, a World of Difference. We did various activities such as a tour of the Chinese Mesuem, experiencing some great Chinese food and learning about the way the Chinese lived.

Everyone gained knowledge from this great experience. We learnt about the traditions, foods and the impact the Chinese have on Australian history. The Chinese had many traditions like foot binding. It is where they sooth the feet and then break the arch of the foot. They wrap it around with bandages and they are kept like that for the rest of your life. It is to show beauty and to show that you are allowed to get married (you would have to have your feet binded to get married).  It was an exciting time and I learnt about the life of the Chinese a long time ago.

I felt that I learnt many things from the day. Some major facts I learnt were that the Chinese played a big part in Australia’s history and the Gold Rush. I also learnt that men were only allowed perform in theatres. I also learnt that the Chinese dragon is a great guardian to the Chinese. Some understandings I learnt were that the Australians were very racist to the Chinese when they first came to Victoria. Also that the Chinese is very big on religions and traditions like some other Asian countries. This day left me wondering did the Chinese do much trade or business with other Asian countries.

The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda

this hilarious story is based on Dwight, a clueless little boy with a mysterious paper version of Yoda. This smart little paperwad gives useful advice, Tommy’s begin quere. He isn’t sure weather to believe the advice Yoda will give to him about a very serious situation.
What will Yoda give to Tommy?
Will he believe the advice?
Will it be a happy ending?

This hilarious story is based on Dwight, a clueless little boy with a mysterious paper  Yoda. This smart little paperwad gives useful advice, Tommy’s biggest quere. He isn’t sure weather to believe the advice Yoda will give to him about a very serious situation.

What will Yoda give to Tommy?

Will he believe the advice?

Will it be a happy ending?

The Search For Wondla

This story tells the tale of Eva Nine. She is kept away from the world, feared that she will get hurt. When she is forced to run away from the sanctuary she ahs been living in, she is lost and scared. On the loose, is a hunter out to capture Eva. She soon meets Rovender Kitt, an old creature. They will travel around to safety.
What will happen to these two???
Read this book!!

This story tells the tale of Eva Nine. She is kept away from the world, feared that she will get hurt. When she is forced to run away from the sanctuary she ahs been living in, she is lost and scared. On the loose, is a hunter out to capture Eva. She soon meets Rovender Kitt, an old creature. Will they travel around to safety?

What will happen to these two???

China Under a Communist Government

China is now under a Communist government. Mao, ruler of the party was very strict to the people.

Many people weren’t trusted and were imprisoned. Schools were closed and religion was banned. The Red Guards (who worked for Mao) kept  laws going and terrorised the population. China became an isolated country.

In 1976,  Mao died, the laws had  eased and China had more rights to trade with countries and to come in and out of China. The current leader Hu Jintao has improved the the educational opportunities and the poverty.

They introduced the one-child law to slow down the still-growing population. Hu Jintao feared that they would soon run out of food and essentials.

The only  party in China is the Communist Party. People cannot vote for governments but can elect party members for parliament.

By Edna.

I am a Kidney

Dear Host,

I believe that I should stay in tip-top shape in your body. It may help the it in many different ways.

Firstly, I do an important job in the body. I clean out the waste from the blood and send it back to the heart. The waste is then turned into urine. I help the body by absorbing the toxic waste out of the blood instead of other parts in the body absorbing it.

Secondly, I am a big feature of the Urinary System. Without me, the Urinary System wouldn’t function properly because it wouldn’t have anything to absorb the toxic wastes in. The other systems would then be effected and the body would soon die. Some of the toxic wastes  kill most of the 10 systems in your body, which again, causes trouble for the entire body. All of the systems need each other, so if one is not functioning, the others won’t either.

Therefore, I have concluded that I should stay in a healthy condition because I separate the toxic wastes from the blood and I play a big role in  keeping the other systems alive.

From your body part,

Your Kidneys.

Seabirds Pay the Ultimate Price for Plastic Pollution

Seabirds and gulls are really paying the price!!! Off the coast of the Tasman Sea, birds are mistaking plastic for food. This is now effecting the reproduction of the seabirds and the way they live.

These pieces of plastic, when swallowed by birds, can tear internal organs and release toxics that cling to the plastic. One of these toxics are Mercury which can kill these birds. Dr. Lavers, the Tasmanian Museum, has observed in his latest survey that 95% of the birds nesting have plastic inside their stomachs. Scientists have found out that a big portion of the problem comes from the Northern Pacific Garbage Patch (a circular current storing garbage). Most of the marine life bring the plastic back to their nests where then the adult and chick slowly start to die.

This is horrible!!!! We need to stop pollution!!!!!

Edna

My Project

Zoe, Eleanor and I researched the Circulatory System. We worked together with great progress and were facinated about the true wonders of this system.

The Circulatory System is one of the most important systems in the body. It controls the blood flow! It starts of with healthy blood leaving the heart and going into the arteries. The arteries lead into the veins, then the veins leading it all around the body. This whole process is called circulation.

I felt very confident in both my presentation and in the efforts put into our project. We had the right amount of neccesary information. We all felt finished in both our model, cue cards and presentation. We explained our information at a moderate pace and we were clear with the information that we shared.

Some of the facts I learnt were that the Circulatory System is connected to both the Respiratory and Digestive systems because they both need blood to keep them working. Also that the three common diseases of the system are Hypertension, Cardiomyopathy and Coronary Artery Disease. Thirdly, wholegrain foods and exercise help keep the system healthy.

Some understandings I gained were that the there is more to the heart and blood. It is a whole variety of veins and arteries. I now also understand that the veins and arteries are like freeways for the blood.

Lastly, this project left me wondering about how the blood rushes to your head and why it happens.

Spelling Story no.2

There once was a priest who had a belief that he was sent to earth to achieve one thing, to capture the fierce thief that was on the loose.  John, the priest, had travelled through many tough and besieged cities to find this thief.

One day, John walked across a grassy field to buy a brief amount of diesel for his car. He suddenly heard, ” Hey chief, you over there, I think I heard a shriek from the top of the pier over there,”

“I’m on it dude,” John replied instantly. He ran home to quickly pick up the spectacular shield that he made to defend himself with.

Once he got to the top of the pier, he found himself standing face to face with the evil thief. He was trying to push a young girl off the top of the pier. He quickly took a piece of metal and with great grief, he threw it. He knew that this throw would yield him great happiness. The thief started to cry with grieve because his whole life flashed before his eyes. It reminded him of his wife and children before he became a thief. On the other hand, the priest still felt sorry for the thief but he also believed that he should be punished.

In the end, the thief recovered from his memories and soon, the priest and thief became best buddies. What a relief!!

Edna 5-6B