Today we held our CCS REGATTA – where we tested the ‘First Fleet’ boats we had created. A small swimming pool was set up in our courtyard with a fan at one end. All students who had created a boat participated, from all 3 Grade 5/6 classes! There were some wonderfully made boats. Some boats sailed beautifully, and sadly, some, not at all. But we all had fun! Once each grade had their specified winner, those 3 students all raced again to find out once and for all which ‘captain’ sailed the fastest ship. Our grade’s fastest captain was Megan, with her boat named HMS Megan. She was up aginst Angus with his boat named  Red Racer, and her twin sister Sabrina, with her boat named HMS Sabrina.
It was a very close race, too close to call infact – the judges declaring at the end that it was only fair to call it a draw between Megan and Sabrina. In the competition for most like a First Fleet ship, the competition was again fierce. Mr. west had great difficulty choosing the winner – finally announcing Willem as the winner.
We had a great day; thank you to the judges, organisers and especially the students and their parents for producing some fantastic boats!

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One of the questions asked at the end of the September 2009 challenge was: What topic would you like to write more posts about? One of the most common answers was:
There are many different ways to look at this topic and across the world this week, there are many celebration days being held:
**Sunday March 21 – World Forestry Day
**Monday March 22 – World Water Day
**Tuesday March 23 – World Meteorological Day
**Saturday March 27 – Earth Hour – Global
So again this week, a wide variety of activities to choose from either as a blogger, commenter or class.
**Research and write a post including links and images on one of those   special days.
**Join in Earth Hour and write a post about what your family did during that hour.
**Write a post about activities your family could do while the lights are out for that hour.
**What do you do at school or at home to help protect the environment?
**Write a comic strip as a hero wanting to save some aspect of the environment.
**Your worries regarding the environment – what can you do as a student?
**Create an animoto about the environment – maybe you worry about the polar bears. Find images from links on this post.
**Write a post about an environmental field trip you went on, maybe to the rubbish dump or cleaning up a creek etc.
**Visit these posts from last year to leave a comment: Priscila from Argentina, Ashley from USA, Abbey from USA, Courtney from USA, Hailey from USA
We are going to produce cartoons using TOONDOO. But you may, of course, complete any of the other above mentioned ideas at home.

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Grade 5/6-13's strange hair!

Grade 5/6-13's strange hair!


Today was Funky Hair Day at our school. We all came dressed in casual dress instead of our uniforms. We also wore our hair in really strange styles and lots of students added hair colour. They looked quite funny.
The reason we had Funky Hair Day was in aid of the Leukaemia Foundation. Lots of money was raised over the last few weeks. Most of the money raised was because a teacher at our school, Mrs. Jaccie Harbinson said she would shave her head if we raised $1000.00. As it turned out, over $3500.00 was raised by the whole school community – a phenomenal effort! A very big THANK-YOU to “Harbo”, who will now have very short hair for a month or two – what a very special lady she is!

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Collingwood Football Club theme song


Yesterday was a very exciting day for Cohuna – well it was for me, anyway!! We were lucky enough to have had a visit from 8 Collingwood AFL players who conducted a footy clinic with the help of some secondary school students. The players who attended were: Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom, Anthony Corrie, Brent Macaffer, Tristan Francis, Tom Young, Lachie Keefe and Ben Sinclair. The students from grades 3 – 6 all participated in this event. The students moved around eight different skill stations throughout the session. It was a very hot day and we were all really tired on the walk back to school – but it was worth it because we had such an exciting time!

What was you favourite part of the afternoon? WHY?

Who is you favourite AFL club and how long have you barracked for them?

Where do you think your team will finish on the ladder at the end of the season and who do you think will win the Premiership this year?

Keep on commenting.

Mrs. D 🙂



Student Blogging Challenge Number 3:

It’s a very small world we live in now.

Only 220 years ago, it used to take a sailing ship about 4 or 5 months to sail from England to Australia with convicts on board.  It took me 24 hours to fly from Australia to Vancouver, Canada with a short stop in Hawaii for a couple of hours. Yet it took only seconds for my class to connect to Ashley in Connecticutin 2008  when we used Skype to make a call.

Students born in the last twenty years  should be taking it for granted that they will be working collaboratively with students and teachers across the world using modern technology.

So this week’s challenge is to tell the world about the area you live in – your town, your state or province, your country in general. But hopefully you will also be having international visitors coming to your blog, so you need some way of knowing where they are coming from. There will be many options of what to do this week ranging from adding widgets, writing posts, leaving comments by visiting international blogs and  adding images so I am posting a couple of days earlier than usual to give you time to complete them.

So, this week we all have to write something about our town to give those around the world an idea of where we live and what it’s like.

Keep on commenting.

Mrs. D 🙂

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Birthday Challenge

We completed the following birthday challenge using calculators today. We have no idea (at the moment) how or why this works, but we aim to find out! Have a go!!

Type this into your calculator:

  • The day of the month you were born on.
  • X 4
  • + 13
  • X 25
  • – 200
  • + the number of the month you were born on.
  • X 2
  • – 40
  • X 50
  • + the last 2 digits of the year you were born in
  • – 10,500.

What answer did you get?

AMAZING, huh??





This week as part of our Blogger’s Challenge we had to make an avatar of ourselves. An avatar is an editable graphic image that represents a person. We all made our individual avatars and then made a slideshow using those images. We all had a fun time creating cartoon-like images of ourselves. We hope you enjoy seeing what we all ‘think’ we look like.

Mrs. D 🙂

5/6-13 AVATARS on PhotoPeach


This week’s homework is for each student to write a review of a favourite movie or TV show. Ensure you let your readers know the plot and characters in the movie/show but make sure you do not give away too much information – you don’t want to wreck the ending of a movie in case one of your readers has not yet seen it.

You then have to leave a comment on at least 2 other class members’ posts. That way we should all get some comments! Have FUN!

Mrs. D 🙂


Welcome to the first challenge for March 2010.  For the first time, all challenges will be categorised as one of the following:

  1. Beginner student
  2. Veteran student – means has been blogging for about 6 months or more
  3. Commenter – doesn’t have own blog but comments or posts on a class blog
  4. Class
Class (this is the category we are in):

 Each week you will need to have visited the blog of the class on either side of my name on the ‘March 2010 classes’ page. This will make sure each class gets visited by at least two other classes.  Then choose some other classes from the list that you would like to visit – students of similar age perhaps.


On our class blog, write a post about why students and classes should visit our blog. What will they learn from reading our posts? Are there any skills our class has that we could pass on to other classes and students?