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Literature that leads to deep inquiry

Literature that leads to deep inquiry

The Ruby Talisman

Blog post written by Izzy

At school, we have started our novel study.  There were four novels available to read:

  • The ruby talisman
  • Chinese cinderella
  • The boy who dared
  • Shahana

I am currently reading the book “The Ruby Talisman“. The Ruby Talisman is about the french Revolution. Tilly, a girl from the modern day finds a family treasure (the ruby talisman). She is transported back in time to the 18th century at the beginning of the french revolution. she and meets Amelie-Matilde, her ancestor who is being forced to marry an old, stinky and horrible man. Together, with hernri, amelies cousin they embark on dangerous journey across the country. Here is the blurb.

“Tilly visualised the pendant, recreating its crimson fire. She felt herself swimming down, down into a deep, vivid dream.”

Tilly falls asleep wishing she could escape to a more adventurous life. In 1789, Amelie-Mathilde is living in luxury at the palace of Versailles- but her guardians want her to marry the horrible Chevalier. she falls asleep wishing someone would rescue her.

Tilly wakes up beside Amelie-Mathilde. The timing couldn’t be worse. starving peasants are rioting and the palace is in chaos. Tilly knows Amelie and her cousin Henri must escape if they are to survive the Revolution. With mutinous villagers, vengeful servants and threats at every turn, will they ever reach safety?

All of our novels are linked to our current UOI unit “Governments and power“. The ruby talisman is focused on the ruling of a royal families back in the 18th century in France, opposed to the democratic Australia we live in now. I found it interesting to compare the different governments because it showed how governments have changed and how they are still the same. I don’t know much about the current government in France, but I am sure it is very different to what it was back in the 18th century at the start of the French Revolution.

I have enjoyed reading about the French Revolution because it really gave me a good idea of what happened. The author describes in great detail the majestic castle of Versailles and the beautiful jewellery and clothing people wore, as well as all the wonderful people and all of the surroundings. This really helped me to picture everything in so much more detail. I learnt so much more about the levels of government and how that meant your treated back then. I also learnt something about the different laws and punishments in 18th century France.

Here is a picture of The front cover of the book “The Ruby Talisman“.

Q and A

Q and A

Last week we had an invaluable experience asking questions at a Q and A session with 3 staff members who have lived in other countries. We asked them many open ended questions about their country and the government in it.

What would you ask someone about the government in their country?

Exploring coding through GROK

Exploring coding through GROK

This term we have been building on our knowledge of coding using an exciting program called GROK. Each week the students are attempting to complete challenges to given problems. Tilly said “it can be confusing but once you solve it, you feel really good.” Jaemi thinks “using coding is something new and different that makes you use your brain to think of solutions. It’s great fun.”

What superpower would you have?

What superpower would you have?

To encourage writing each day, we have responded to some creative questions on the large display boards.

One question was ‘what superpower would you want if you could have one?’

Some ideas we had were:

to be invisible because you can go anywhere without being seen,

to talk to animals so you would know how they feel, think and what they say,

To fly so you could get to different places easily,

to make food and water out of air.

What superpower would you want?

Another question was “What is the best thing that has happened to you this week. What would you write?


Peer Support Training

Peer Support Training

This week Year 6 have been developing their leadership skills through Peer Support Training. We have focused today on communicating effectively, building relationships with others and recognising our own leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Investigating Light in FIT

Investigating Light in FIT

This week, we have begun an investigation into “Light.” Some of our wonders about light are:

Why at different parts of the day are different shadows formed? (Alex J)

Where does light go when it hits black? (Bianca B)

Would an astronaut create a massive shadow in space? (Imi)

Why does light have different effects when it hits different materials? (McKayla)

How fast is the reaction time when it hits a mirror? (Steph)

Does light travel around corners? (Beatrice)


Pocket full of Rosies

Pocket full of Rosies

This week, an initiative of Sienna (Year 6) and Ruby (Year 5) was launched. They proposed that we have a student newsletter  called  “A Pocket full of Rosies” where all students K-6 can enter submissions to be published in a student newsletter. The girls have been busy discussing what should be submitted so stay tuned for details.

What do you clothe yourself in each day?

What do you clothe yourself in each day?

Our new principal was inducted recently. We had an enormous assembly and there were many encouraging words for and from her. She told us how she came from a family of farmers. Like a farmer grows a crop, a teacher grows by learning. All the teachers and other staff members were there and they all wore black cloaks; all the hoods of the cloaks were different colours to represent the University or College they studied at. It was amazing to congratulate her as she became a principal. She reminded us of Colossians 3:12 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


What matters in your life?

What matters in your life?

This morning we looked at this thought-provoking picture:

Here are some responses that we thought of:

Alice: Memories.

Izzy: The people around me.

Daisy: Friendship.

Zoe: Friends, family, laughter and goals you have achieved.

Jaimee: To not be in pain and to see my grandchildren.

Sienna: To make the most of the rest of her life.

Hannah: Appreciating life.

Audrey: I would want to have skydived

Kaitlyn: To have had a good life with good times.

What would matter to you the most when you’re this age?

By Emma C

STEM inquiry to design a pipeworks

STEM inquiry to design a pipeworks

After reading The City of Ember’  the girls investigated creating their own pipeworks using a packet of straws, 2 cups and masking tape. Many creative designs were collaboratively constructed to design and make a 60cm pipeworks to transfer water from a high point to a low point. They really enjoyed being engineers and testing and refining their constructions. 


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