Anzac Ceremony

Last Week our school held its annual Anzac Day Assembly. Last Term Stage 3 were able to attend the Penrith RSL Anzac Service. We attended along with all schools in the Penrith District, and we presented a wreath of homemade poppies. All our students were very respectful, even in the heat and the waiting time.


Creepy Castle Descriptions

Good authors have a talent in creating a picture in the reader’s mind using descriptive language. When writing, take the time to describe the setting and scenes properly.

Don’t TELL your reader everything, SHOW them through your vocabulary.

Rather than saying It was raining heavily.

Write  Heavy droplets pounded against the window pane as the murky clouds obscured her view.

Make sure you not only describe what the reader could SEE, but also what they could feel, hear, smell and taste if they were in the scene.

Check out these amazing creepy castles!

Can you write an amazing 5 line description of a castle?

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5/6J, Log in and type your description as a comment!

End of Term Creativity

Visit some of the sites below to create fun comics, images and pictures.

Blabberize makes photos with moving mouths that you can add speaking to!

Make your own comics without logging in at Make Beliefs Comics.

Make Beliefs Comix

Make your own mindmap at Popplet!

If you make something, download and save it and email it to Miss B!


What other fun things do you like creating on the internet? Add a comment to this padlet wall!

Waratah Still Life

The Waratah is the national emblem of New South Wales. It is a large red flower, native to Australia.

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An Australian artist, Margaret Preston made several artworks depicting the Waratah, usually as a painting, a lino cut or a wood cut.

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Many artists have sought to create artworks using the distinct and unusual shape of the Waratah, using various medium.

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– recognise the features of a still life artwork

– describe other people’s still life artworks


I can name 4 things that are found in still life artworks

I can recall the name of 3 artists who painted still lifes

I can draw the shape of a Waratah flower and its leaves

I can use acrylic paint affectively




Using Popplet

Last week 5/6J Students had their first attempt at using Popplet to create a mind map.

We were brainstorming what life was like in the 1800s in Australia. Check out our Popplets below. We were experimenting with ways to build a Popplet and ways to organise information.

We found it frustrating when we couldn’t delete a ‘popple’ though!

NB: A ‘popple’ is one thought on a Popplet!

Leave us a comment and tell us, which Popplets did you like the best?

What else do you know about life in the 1800s?


Bottle Still Life


– recognise the features of a still life artwork

– arrange shapes using the foreground and background


I can name 4 things that are found in still life artworks

I can recall the name of 3 artists who painted still lifes

I can describe the shape of objects in still lifes

I can accurately draw a range of bottles

I can use a chalk pastels to make the bottles look see through

The still life paintings below are by Giorgio Morandi. He was an Italian artist who lived from 1890–1964. He mostly painted still lifes (called natura morta in Italian) and his favourite subject was of bottles. There are even some of his artworks in the Art Gallery of NSW.












Morandi would arrange the bottles and other paraphernalia on a table top and then paint and draw them. He would use  pastel colours and would create shadows to show that the bottles overlap.

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Check out these pictures of different glass coloured bottles.

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We can create an artwork of overlapping see through bottles using chalk pastels on black paper.


Miss B knows a cool trick for getting the bottle to look symmetrical!