Welcome to our blog! We are the children from 2KM and 2KJ at Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia. There are 45 of us and our teachers are Mrs Kathleen Morris and Miss Kelly Jordan. We used this space to share all the great things that happened in our classroom in 2011.
It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year.
The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
2011 is the 151st Melbourne Cup.
The race is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
It is run as a “weight-for-age handicap”. That means the weight of jockey and riding gear is adjusted to a certain amount depending on the horse’s age and how well it has gone in previous races. Some horses carry more weight. Some horses carry less weight.
Race day in Melbourne is a public holiday. That means no school or work for people in Melbourne.
Many people like to bet on the race or particpate in a “sweep”.
The famous horse “Phar Lap” won the race in 1930.
The present record holder is the 1990 winner “Kingston Rule” with a time of 3 min 16.3 sec.
We has a sweep in 2KM and 2KJ today. That means everyone pulled the name of a horse out of a hat.
It was a very exciting race and it was a “photo finish” at the end!
First placewith the horse Dunaden was Morgan (2KJ) and Millie (2KM)
Second placewith the horse Red Cadeaux was Charlotte (2KJ) and Andrew (2KM)
Third placewith the horse Lucas Cranach was Sophie (2KJ) and Ella (2KM)
Fashion is very important at the Melbourne Cup. We had our very own “Fashions on the Field” competition. The students had to design an outfit for the Melbourne Cup.
The winner of the girls wasElla (2KJ) and Mia (2KM).
The winner of the boys wasMorgan (2KJ) and Ryley (2KM).
Here is a slideshow of all our Melbourne Cup action.
What a fun day!
What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?
What did you think of our Melbourne Cup activities?
What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?
Today we had a Leopold Primary School parent, Tim, and his friends, Kristy and Peggy, come to talk to all the Grade Twos about Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that the Grade Two team is supporting this year.
Tim, Peggy and Kristy told us that there are a lot of children around the world who have a very difficult life and don’t get presents like we do. We learnt that we can make a difference by donating a small gift to a child in another country.
Each class is collecting small gifts to put in a shoebox. The shoebox will then be sent overseas and will make a child very happy at Christmas time.
The shoeboxes might go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. We will be able to track our shoebox online to find out where it goes!
Peggy and Kristy gave us lots of ideas of what we could donate to our Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Some ideas include small toys, things for school, soaps, hair accessories, sunglasses, thongs etc. Anything that is used, breakable or food cannot be donated.
We learnt that some children in other countries are extremely happy just to receive anything at all. They don’t care what colour it is or where it came from. Look at this boy in Uganda. He received a shoe box of presents. He didn’t care that it was pink or smaller than the other boxes. He is over the moon!
2KM/2KJ students who want to donate to our project should send along their gift by Friday 21st October.
Families or anyone else who wants to prepare their own shoebox can visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au to find out more information. Note: there is a $9 postage cost per shoebox.
This is a video we watched about boxes being delivered to Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.
What do you think about Operation Christmas Child?
What ideas do you have for shoebox donations?
Have you ever supported a charity or helped someone before? How did you feel?
Today is the first day of Term Four in Victoria, Australia .
It is the last term of school for us before our long summer holidays. When we return to school in February next year, the 2KM and 2KJ students will be in Grade Three!
It was terrific to hear that everyone in 2KM and 2KJ had a fantastic two week break. Over the holidays many students visited new places, went to the movies, enjoyed bike rides, saw their friends and watched Geelong win the AFL Grand Final!
We have two new students joining us for our final term. Dana is in 2KM and Morgan is in 2KJ.
Dana came from Mandama Primary School, where Mr D (our new principal) used to be the principal! Dana likes playing netball and she enjoys playing in her cubby house and on the trampoline with her younger sister, Lauren.
Morgan came from Nazareth Primary School. Morgan enjoys riding his bike, playing soccer and playing with his brother, Morrison and sister, April.
Here are Morgan and Dana with Leo!
Over the holidays our new school building was finished! The five Prep classes will be moving into the building this week and some of the Grade One and Two classes will move into our building.
We thought of some very interesting dinosaur questions and Jenni answered them for us on Skype. We learnt so much and we are so grateful that Jenni gave up time in her busy schedule to help us all learn more about dinosaurs!
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Check out the summary Miss Jordan typed while the students spoke with Jenni.
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What did you learn from Jenni?
What else would you like to ask a dinosaur expert?
What other sort of expert would you like to skype with?