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National Young Leaders Day

National Young Leaders Day

By Ruby and Georgia B

On Monday the 12th of March, 15 girls from Year 6 were fortunate enough to have the opportunity of going to the National Young Leaders Day conference along with 4 000 other students from around NSW.. We had an exceptional time learning about what it means to be a leader from some very inspirational speakers; John Coutis, Lauren Cheatle, Harrison Craig and Matt Cosgrove.

John Coutis was born with deformed legs and a backbone that stopped at his ribs. No one thought he would survive but he did. Now, John is inspiring people all around the world by sharing his story. His main message was to never turn your back on a challenge; don’t walk around it, or step over it, instead hit it straight on. Know the things you can control and change, and the things that are outside of your control. We are the leaders of our own life so it is up to us to make wise choices, to take responsibility, and to step outside our comfort zone.

Lauren Cheatle is an Australian cricketer. When she was younger, she would play cricket games with her brother and dad in the backyard. One day, her dad changed the rules on her. Lauren told her dad that this wasn’t fair, to which her dad simply replied “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” This was and still is Lauren’s main motivation when pursuing her dream in her cricket career. We will have to make hard decisions in life and there will always be setbacks but it’s how you deal with it that makes you a leader. She encouraged us to find the thing we enjoy and are passionate about because if we’re not, we are unlikely to put in the effort.

Harrison Craig was born with a stutter. He was teased by people but used music as a way to escape the bullying. He practised, never gave up and eventually won The Voice Australia in 2013. He realised that having a stutter didn’t matter anymore and that whatever hurdles or challenges you come across, you can overcome them and live your dream. As leaders we were encouraged to set goals to work towards our dream and that you need to have a plan in place on how to get there. Our theme of Say It, Do It, Be It was evident in his message.

Matt Cosgrove is an author and illustrator of the thrilling new book series Epic Fail Tales. As a child he feared public speaking but instead of letting this stop him achieve his dream, he put his hand up for every public speaking opportunity that was presented to him, with a hope to reduce his fear. He still is afraid of public speaking but has learned to accept and control those feelings. He wanted us to remember five key messages when being a leader; perception is everything, find your passion and then practise, people are important, be persistent, and imagination is powerful.

All these speakers have inspired us as leaders and demonstrated to us that most things are possible if we put our mind to it.

International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day! In Year 6 today we celebrated the achievements of women worldwide, a reminder of how far we’ve come, while also considering the road ahead. What did you do to celebrate International Women’s Day?


This year’s theme is #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Here are how some of us are going to #PressforProgress. We would love to hear how you are going to.


Our last day

Our last day

Last night we were treated to a surprise visit from Pete who dazzled us with his magic tricks! Cards appeared on the ceiling and in pockets, ropes became linked together, and tissues that were ripped apart suddenly ended up whole as if they were never torn.

The girls slept beautifully last night and are ready for an action packed day or snorkelling, rafting and treasure hunting. We are sure they will sleep even better tonight parents!


Designing new structures for Canberra

Designing new structures for Canberra

The girls visited the National Capital Exhibition this morning where they learned about how Canberra was designed and built. They were given the opportunity to design new structures for Canberra out of lego. Here are some of their designs. What would you like to see built in Canberra?

Aeroplane Museum

Hall of Fame and New Parliament House

National Music Museum

Centre for Homelessness

A place to remember

Olympic Stadium

National institute of technology

First Issue: Pocket Full of Rosies

First Issue: Pocket Full of Rosies

Sienna and her sister Ruby, along with the help of various Year 6 students, have been able to publish their first issue of the Pocket Full of Rosies. You can view the magazine through the link in Week 5’s school newsletter.

Look out for issue two coming out later this year!

Being Grateful

Being Grateful

Attitude of Gratitude

Blog post written by Sienna F 


I want you to ask yourself if you have you ever expressed your gratitude to someone special in your life or taken the time to stop and reflect on the opportunities you have access to.

At school, we have all been learning about having an attitude of gratitude and how to be thankful for all we have been given. When we express gratitude, we acknowledge all the positive things in our lives. There are others who are responsible for the goodness in our lives and by regularly expressing our gratitude to them, it helps us to maintain greater happiness.

When we acknowledging the privileges we are bestowed with in everyday life, it helps us to learn to embrace every opportunity we get given to the greatest extent. If we do this we can forget about living our life doubting every decision we make and stop wishing we had taken the chance. Even if those opportunities fail, it helps us to learn and makes our confidence stronger.

Expressing your gratitude is great for your overall health and well being, and helps us acknowledge the simple things in our life that shouldn’t go without notice. We can express our gratitude for one another by keeping a gratitude journal, telling someone how much you care about them to there face, by committing a random act of kindness, by showing respect, by listening or by simply smiling.

For example, the other day I was thinking about how much my friend Mia meant to me, so I decided to send her an email telling her how much I value all that she has done for me. This random act of kindness not only made her feel happier, but helped me to feel more positive about myself.

An American author, Melody Beattie once said,

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Discrimination and privilege

Discrimination and privilege

Girls in Year 6 hoodies were given a whole sheet of newspaper this afternoon and were allowed to sit at the front of the room. Girls without a hoodie on were given half a sheet of newspaper and were asked to sit down somewhere behind the girls in hoodies.

They were asked to scrunch their newspaper up in order to try and get it in the bin at the front of the room, but they had to sit down on the floor to throw it. The students without the hoodies immediately started arguing: “That’s unfair!”, “I can’t even see the bin!”, “The girls at the front are in a better spot!” They could see the students in front of them had a much better chance of getting the paper in the bin. In contrast, the girls with hoodies, who were at the front of the room, said nothing.

When the girls swapped places, there were feelings of empathy and guilt mentioned by those in hoodies. “I should have thought about the girls at the back of the room instead of just myself.” The girls experienced first hand what it feels like to be discriminated against just because of what you look like.

Part of the ‘population’ had a privilege but weren’t aware of it. Education is a privilege that not all children get. It is up to the girls to be aware of this privilege and do great things, all the while advocating for those in the rows behind them.

Historical research about a communication method

Historical research about a communication method

This term Year 6 got to choose a form of communication and inquire further into it. We had to come up with a few lines of inquiry about our chosen topic and, using technology, convey historical research findings to create an informative, creative and engaging presentation.

I chose sign language as my topic and I created a Powtoon to represent my findings.

Maddie inquired into hieroglyphics and used Google Slides to present her findings.

Not all our presentations can be accessed via our blog but if you ask us we can show you in person. Some presentations can be accessed though. Sienna F created a website about her research on the English language which you can visit via this link:

By Abby


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