Taste Test

Today some of the students tasted the radish sprouts we have been growing in our aquaponics garden.

You can probably tell what they thought from these photos 🙂

Apparently they were quite peppery!

In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes

Wipe out Waste

Yesterday we had a guest from Wipe Out Waste who assisted the school with a rubbish audit. The results were very confronting. Several of the class actually helped sort out the rubbish for the audit.

Here are some statistics ….

Of all of the dozens of garbage bags of general waste (landfill) that was collected in just one day at Holy Family only a bin about this size  (small waste paper basket) actually needed to be in the landfill waste…..

  • Foil can actually go through with mixed recyclables as long as it is in large balls that can be pulled out by hand. So all those foil containers from the canteen can be recycled.


  • We can collect clean soft plastics like glad wrap and snap lock bags and drop them off at Woolies or Coles for recycling.
  • If as a school we collected all of our 10c containers we could make approximately $3000 per year!
  • As a school we are adding approx. 10,000 straws to landfill and waterways. Do we even need a straw to drink a slushie???
  • Our school adds 8,000 zip lock bags to landfill
  • Based on the food waste in our bins we throw away nearly 5,000 sandwiches in a year that HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN UNWRAPPED  let alone eaten…..that doesn’t include all of the other food (muesli bars, chips, snacks) that were in the bin totally wrapped in their original wrapper….

We followed up the visit yesterday by watching a short episode of War on Waste on the ABC. It added to our thinking and made us think carefully about our ecological footprint….

Today as a class we discussed some of the action we could take in response to this information

Some ideas included

  • Come up with a manageable classroom recycling system. This will require additional tubs and labels to ensure children know what to put where.
  • Investigate how the rubbish is handled once it leaves the classroom.
  • Talk with the canteen about the selling of straws and possible alternatives
  • Talk with Mr White about upgrading the drink taps to ensure accessibility, possible refrigeration of drink fountains and the potential for the canteen to stop selling disposable water bottles.
  • The use of reusable cups in the classrooms that have sinks so that children that forget their drink bottle can access water there instead of buying it.
  • Educating others about everything that can be recycled.
  • Nude food to ensure minimal waste is brought from home
  • Never buying yogurt squeeze pouches as they NEVER break down….and they are expensive!

The children then worked individually and in small groups to devise a personal action plan in response to the provocation ” So what can I do….I’m only 9/10 ”

We encourage you to talk with your children about their personal action plan.

In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder

Fish Farm Activities

Mr McCarthy was the replacement teacher for Mrs Hawkes on Monday and Tuesday this week. This allowed us to visit the Fish Farm to feed the fish and to see all the recent changes and additions to the Fish Farm. We also compiled an informative report on the Yabbies and then started our own animal inquiry.  We learnt a lot about the Yabbies, especially how they get their colour and also that they can move fast on class carpets.


Reading Task – Predicting

An important reading skill is being able to predict what will happen when reading a story. Being able to predict events helps with comprehension as well as maintaining the reader’s interest in the story.

A task this week was to predict what could have happened before, during and after an event.

Money Matters

Our Math’s focus this week has been on solving money problems. Students have been asked to find solutions to a number of real life situations involving mainly the addition but also the multiplication of money amounts.

In attempting these money problems we are consolidating their understanding of decimals which was our main focus last week.

Eco classroom

This term we will continue our focus on reducing our environmental footprint and exploring sustainable practices.

Last term we were excited to win the aquaponics aquarium which we completed setting up today. We now have 2 guppy fish in the aquarium and have planted some micro herbs to grow.



We have also started using the SMART Cara.

This is a portable and compact composting system that rapidly turns fruit and vegetable scraps into a concentrated compost powder.


From this 



to this 


We are then going to use our powdered compost to add to the soil in our next round of gardening.

Last term BH planted a selection of seeds to raise plants with the hope of selling some of these at Spring Fair. Our seeds are now little seedlings and next week we will be transplanting them into bigger pots. Our plan is to plant some chilli plants next to see how we go with them.


Produce Stall

We have also been managing the Holy Family Produce stall for the last few weeks. We are attempting to ensure that none of our lovely produce is wasted and offering fresh picked herbs and vegetables in return for a small donation. It is not about raising money, however the donations go towards buying new seeds, soil and pots to keep our gardens cycling through the growing phases. So far we have sold : tomatoes, onions, basil, mint, parsley, beetroot, cauliflower, spinach and lettuce.


In kindness

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder







Sense Making


As we prepare students to once again undertake the CLARA survey and explore their learning powers, we have been looking at the characteristics of the different learning powers. This week we have focused on Sense Making.


Sense making is making connections between ideas, memories, fact – everything you know – linking them and seeing patterns and meaning. Its about how ‘learning matters’ to you, connecting with your own story and things that really matter.

Below is the icon that students in the Holy Family community designed to represent Sense Making 

As part of our inquiry yesterday students had to use their sense making learning power to recognise, find, make, and build connections between several images. It was very interesting to hear the different ways that the children made sense of the pictures. The different connections they saw and identified. They were encouraged to use their 100 languages to explain what ‘sense’ they made of the images.

Hope that all makes sense 🙂

Mr Elder and Mrs Hawkes