Digital Technologies Term 3

This term the Year 5/6 students have been creating ‘Choose Your Own Robot Adventure’ stories. This ties in with our learning about branching within flowcharts – that is, the way computers or robots make decisions based on the code they have to follow and the data that is entered into them.

The students have created stories about our school robots. Each story offers choices for the readers to make for their robots, and includes hyperlinks to different ‘pages’ (slides or sections) depending on what decisions the reader has made. Some of the storylines have been particularly creative – our robots have had lots of different adventures now!!

After creating their stories, the students needed to test it out with their chosen robots to make sure their links worked, and they had to check their peers’ projects too.

Here are a few examples of the students’ adventure stories:






Clay Art Incursion

Recently the students were very lucky to have a visiting artist, Jane Annois, come and work with them on creating art with clay. The students created pieces inspired by what they have been learning about their family history. The pieces have been taken away to be fired in a kiln. We look forward to seeing the finish products when they are returned.

Social Justice move ‘Happyland’ – Special Showing

Hi Families,

We received the following information from the organisation Bahay Taluyan, that ran the Kidsview social justice day for the year 5/6’s earlier in the year.

We are very excited to announce that we have the rights to screen the film “Happyland”. This beautiful film features the work of Kaff-eine (a local street artist) and Emily Cheeseman (a former secretary of BTPA).   Two of BT’s youth were Junior Production Assistants for the film.  Happlyand was first shown at the Human Rights Art Festival in Melbourne in 2017 where it won the People’s Choice Award. It has since been entered in various international film festivals. It is not yet available for general showing so we are thrilled that we have been given permission for this ONE NIGHT ONLY event.

The film is set in Tondo, a rubbish dump in Manila. Bahay Tuluyan work with the children in Happyland and visit each week with the Mobile Unit. The Mobile Unit urgently needs replacing and  we are fundraising  this year for a new van so this important work can continue.

It is a wonderful opportunity to understand the situation faced by many of the children we are supporting through our involvement with Bahay Tuluyan.

Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street Carlton on Wednesday 22 August from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  All proceeds from ticket sales will support Bahay Tuluyan to prevent and respond to abuse of children in the Philippines.

Tickets. Adults $22 Students $18

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Interschool Sports Wrap Up

Congratulations to our soccer and volleybounce teams for making the finals. Both teams competed in exceptional spirit and sportsmanship.

The soccer team came out victors, 3-0, while the volleybounce team went down 2 sets to 1 in a very closely fought competition.

Below are season reports for the two sports that didn’t quite make it into 5/6M’s Assembly on Friday. Click on the links to view the reports.

Soccer Season Review

Volleybounce Season Review

Here are just a couple of pics from the respective Grand Finals

5/6 Students Turn their Social Enterprise Efforts into Concrete Donations

A very big thank you to all the students and family members who came along to help purchase all the donations for the students’ chosen charities.

An armada of trollies were filled with art supplies for McAuley Community Services for Women and groceries for Ozanam House.

It was wonderful to see all the students’ hard work transformed into such a significant collection of goods that will help so many people who are facing the most challenging of circumstances.


Tania from McAuley Community Services for Women Visits 5/6

Today Tania, from McAuley Community Services for Women, came to speak to the year 5/6 students and to collect the donations purchased by the funds raised by the students at the McOz Make a Difference Day!

Tania spoke to the students about the extremely important work that McAuley Services provide to women and children that have had to deal with family violence.

In particular, Tania spoke to the students about how important it is that we all treat each other with respect and that we understand that stereotypes about how boys and girls should act or what they should do, can be very damaging.

The video below demonstrating very clearly how we can unconsciously reinforce these negative stereotypes.

The students were very engaged during the presentation, asking questions and responding with great maturity thoughtfulness. Tania thanked all the students for the fantastic work they did in working so hard to raise funds and purchase much needed supplies that will make a real difference to women and children in great need.

‘Thank you’ Incursion Inspires Budding Entrepreneurs

The year 5/6 students were very lucky to be visited by guest speakers from a social enterprise called ‘Thankyou.’

Here is a message about what our students think about ‘Thankyou’

To find out more about Thankyou and their products, visit their website:

The students learnt a great deal about what it takes to run a business and just what a significant difference can be made when you put your mind to it.

To see more images from this incursion, click here