Monthly Archives: September 2013


There has been a lot of art going on at St Felix! The St Felix Art Show  was held on Wednesday 18th September and the students participated in creating a mosaic with an artist that has been placed in our friendship garden.

At the art show, there were many beautiful artworks on display in our hall for the art show – every student was an artist and should be very proud of themselves! Year five learnt about Picasso and created an artwork inspired by him.

A mosaic is a pattern or a picture that has been created by arranging together small and coloured pieces of a hard material such as glass, stone or tile. Every class helped create the mosaic by cutting and/or gluing the tiles onto our school community mosaic with the help of an artist.

Take a look at the photos below!

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Take a look at the YouTube clip below.

What artwork(s) from the YouTube clip above, do you like and why?

What colours are used and how does it make you feel?

If you were in the artwork, what would you smell, touch and/or taste? 


Filed under Special Days, Visual Art

Cooking Up a Storm

Cooking Up a Storm has been so much fun! Year five have made lots of great dishes and have been learning lots of new skills along the way. Take a look at the photos below.

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We are all looking forward to the cook off in Term 4! If you would like to participate in the cook off, bring in your recipe before the end of term 3!

What has been you favourite Cooking Up a Storm session so far? What have you learnt while participating in Cooking Up a Storm? 


Filed under Cooking Up a Storm

Visual Art

In Visual Art, Five White have looked at John Olsen’s artwork. He is an Australian artist who was born in 1928. His shapes are very organic and often have lots of curvy lines flowing from them. Quite often his artworks are rich in vibrant tones of one colour. Inspired by John Olsen, Five White chose a base colour and mixed it with white and black paint to make six different tones. They then used the six different tones to paint their bikes.

Five White used organic lines and geometric lines.

  • Organic lines are types of lines that are found in nature. They are irregular, curved and often fluid.
  • Geometric lines have sharp or hard edges. True geometric lines are rarely found in nature but are often found in man made constructions.

Take a look at our artwork!

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Can you provide examples of geometric and organic lines within the paintings?

What did you enjoy about creating your artwork?

Research John Olsen and leave comment providing interesting facts about him and a link to one of his artworks that you like and explain why you like it. 


Filed under Visual Art

St Mary’s Cathedral and Mary MacKillop Place

On Wednesday 28th August, year five attended St Mary’s Cathedral and Mary MacKillop Place in order to compliment the learning about the Early Church in Australia.

Below are some interesting facts about St Mary’s Cathedral.

  • The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians.
  • St Mary’s Cathedral was built with a gothic structure and there are 200 heads in the building.
  • Two churches were destroyed in fires before the Cathedral was built.
  • There are two large statues of Mary Magdalene and Jesus inside the Cathedral.
  • There are many altars within the Cathedral.
  • Priests used to say Mass with their backs to the congregation (the people attending Mass).
  • There are beautiful stained glass windows that each depict a story.
  • There is a large organ inside.
  • It is made of sandstone which requires a lot of maintenance.
  • The crypt can be found underneath the Cathedral. The bishops are buried in the crypt.
  • Some people get married in the crypt.
  • The floor of the crypt is decorated with the creation story.

Click here fore more information about St Mary’s Cathedral. Click here for more information about Mary MacKillop Place. 

Take a look at the photos below!

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What did you enjoy about the excursion?

What did you learn about St Mary’s Cathedral and/or Mary MacKillop?


Filed under Excursion, Religion

The Adidas School Fun Run

On Friday 16th August, St Felix held an Adidas School Fun Run! The students at St Felix have been working hard to get sponsors in order to raise money for our school playground. Everyone had so much fun! To start the day, year five ran with their buddies in Kindergarten. Later that day, they had their own fun run. The students really challenged themselves and ran six or more laps! Take a look at the photos below. Well done year five!!

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Remember to return your sponsorship form and money as soon as possible. The first class to return all their money wins a pizza party!

What did you enjoy about the Adidas School Fun Run?



Filed under Special Days

Just Like You! Part Two

On Monday 19th August, years five and six enjoyed part two of the Disability Awareness Program led by Erica and Natalie from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Take a look at what we learnt below.

There are different kinds of disabilities, including the following.

  • Physical disabilities: Many different sorts of permanent conditions which result in part of a person’s body not functioning as it should. E.g. Amputation
  • Disabilities that you can’t see: You cannot see some disabilities. Sometimes they can be difficult to understand because you do not know that the person has a disability. E.g. Autism and hearing impairment.
  • Sensory disabilities: Sensory disability refers to a range of impairments to a person’s senses such as sight, hearing and sometimes even touch or smell. E.g. Blindness
  • Some disabilities can fit into more than one category. 
  • We also learnt about paraplegia and quadriplegia. These terms refer to a person’s ability to move a particular part of the body as they are paralysed. Paraplegia is paralysis of both legs or both arms. Quadriplegia is paralysis of both legs and both arms.
  • People with a disability communicate in many different ways. For example, a person who is blind or who has a vision impairment may use braille, while a person with a hearing impairment may use Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Remember, a disability is not a disease. We shouldn’t describe people as a ‘disabled person’ or a ‘disability boy/girl’. Always describe them as a person with a disability.

Take a look at the YouTube clip below for some great tips regarding how to treat people with a disability.

Take a look at the YouTube clip below. Show it to someone in your family. Encourage them to leave a comment about what they felt when they watched it. How do you feel when you watch the YouTube clip?

Take a look at our photos below!

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Click here to leave a comment on Natalie’s blog. 

Click on one or more of the following links and leave a comment about what you found out.

 Cerebral Palsy


Guide Dogs


Filed under Health, Incursion


In Mathematics, year five have been learning about mass. Mass measures how much matter is in an object. The metric units for measuring mass include milligram (mg), gram (g), kilogram (kg) and tonne (t). 


Mass can be written in a number of different ways.

For example: 1600 g / 1 kg 600 g / 1.6 kg   

Take a look at Jenny Eather’s Poster below regarding metric conversions.


Gross Mass: The total weight – including the contents, packaging etc.

Net Mass: The total weight – not including the packaging etc. (contents only)

Take a look at year five learning about Mass!

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What unit would you use when finding the mass of certain objects/animals and items? E.g. whale (t), paperclip (g) and person (kg).  

What are the different types of scales used to measure mass?

Ask your parents when they use mass in their daily lives and where they see g, kg and t.  


Filed under Mathematics

Book Month!

In August and September this year, St Felix has been celebrating book week. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Read!

  • Reading provides you with knowledge – you learn more as you read!
  • Reading books can increase your vocabulary – the more you read, the more words you will know!
  • Reading helps you to develop confidence when speaking.
  • It relieves stress and helps you to relax.
  • Reading helps you to forget everything around around you. It helps to improve your memory and increase concentration.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Suess 

“If you don’t like to read you haven’t found the right book.”
– J.K. Rowling 

Year five watched a performance on Tuesday 13th August called ‘The Owls Apprentice’. Click here to find out about Jenny Ellis and her puppets. Take a look at the photos below.

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Remember to take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual place and email it to Miss Azzopardi. 

Many students in year five have written fantastic book reviews in the ‘Year Five 2013 Book Reviews’ Google Presentation – don’t forget to read them and add some yourself!

If you could ask the owl, Hoot, a question, what would it be?

What did Hoot learn? How do you know?

What questions would you like to ask Jenny Ellis?

When and where do you like to read? Do you have a favourite book? What is it?


Filed under Incursion, Special Days