Category Archives: H.S.I.E


Five White came up with the question ‘how might we encourage and prepare year five to be good leaders at St Felix?‘ Each group then brainstormed many ideas to answer this non-googleable question and selected the best one.

Natalie, Alicia, Cecilia, Amy and Amanda created a blog.

Bella, Josephine, Grace, Angel and Jamie created a website.

Tony, Phillip, Moufid, Kevin and Anthony demonstrated leadership qualities via videos while playing soccer.

Nathan, Kong, Hagen, James and David created videos about leadership.

Brenda, Isabelle and Simone created a board game about leadership. 

Jennifer A, Jennifer E, Andrea, Theresa and Isabella created leadership activities.

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What did you enjoy about bringing your idea to life and what did you learn about being a good leader at St Felix?


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Dig For Your Life!

On the 15th and 16th of October, year five went to Belgenny Farm. Click here to learn more about Belgenny Farm. The students experienced what it would have been like to work on a farm before the gold rush. They checked the sheep and moved them across a bridge. They also experienced what they gold rush would have been like as they panned for gold by the river and dug for gold in the soil.

Year five worked together in their groups to pay for their license, tools and materials they would need to pitch a tent and find gold. They also made damper. Take a look at the photos below!

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Click here to take a look at a Weebly site Natalie created which contains useful information about gold. Well done, Natalie!

What did you enjoy about the excursion?

What have you found interesting while learning about the gold rush?

If you could interview a gold miner, what questions would you ask?


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HSIE and Science

In Term 2, Five White worked on a range of activities that required them to research all about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

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The students in Five White also made their own volcanoes and erupted them!

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What was your favourite research activity and why?

What did you enjoy about making your volcano erupt?


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Rainforest Tasks

During term one, the students in Five White learnt about Rainforests in H.S.I.E and Science and Technology.

The students had a variety of activities they could complete in order to find out information about rainforests. The students researched the layers of a rainforest, endangered animals, what animals live in each layer, flora, deforestation, different types of rainforests, locations of rainforests and much more. The tasks included the following.

  • Various presentations using a variety of different presentation tools
  • Creating picture books 
  • Creating posters 
  • Writing an exposition
  • Drawing a flow chart 
  • Creating a website 
  • Writing a letter 
  • Creating a board game 
  • Composing a song
  • Creating a diorama 
  • Creating an artwork 

Miss Azzopardi was so impressed with the hard work and motivation of the students throughout the unit. Take a look at their fantastic work below! 

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What activities did you complete?

What did you learn about rainforests?

Which activity did you like best and why? 


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The Minnamurra Rainforest

On Tuesday 19th February, Five White and Five Green went to the Minnamurra Rainforest as they are learning about rainforests this term. Minnamurra Rainforest is part of Budderoo National Park, located on the New South Wales South Coast. Year five left school at approximately 7:30am and arrived at approximately 9:15am. It was then time for recess and a presentation by a guide about interesting information about Minnamurra Rainforest and other rainforests around the world.

Five White and Five Green then split up as the guides took them on a tour of the rainforest. They pointed out interesting trees and plants and shared more of their valuable knowledge about the rainforest and the animals that live there. The guides then left year five to continue the walk to the amazing waterfall. Miss Azzopardi is really proud of Five White’s enthusiasm and motivation to get to the top! It was a very challenging and highly rewarding walk!

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Thank you to our lovely parent helpers – Sonya, Dolly and Alexandra. We really appreciate your support!

What was your favourite part of the excursion?

What did you learn about rainforests and/or the Minnamurra Rainforest?


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