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.
We are so excited that the 2KM and 2KJ student bloggers have been asked to write for the
Bay FM is one of Geelong’s two major radio stations, and we are thrilled that students in our class will have the opportunity to write about news and reviews of our own suburb, surrounding areas and the city of Geelong. Read the introductory post on the Bay FM website here.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (until the end of the school year) different 2KM and 2KJ student bloggers will write their own posts and they will be published on the Bay FM website for everyone to read. What a fantastic opportunity!
Jarrod is the first of our bloggers to feature on the Bay FM website. Follow this link to check out his post now!
Make sure you support our blogging students by visiting the Bay FM website regularly!
What do you think of this exciting project?
Do you have any ideas of what our student bloggers could post about?
The posts and comments on the Our World, Our Stories blog have generated some great discussions in our classroom. We enjoy spending time on the netbooks to read the posts and reply to comments. We are learning about the world and improving our literacy skills at the same time!
What is an interesting fact you’ve learnt through this project?
What is a similarity/difference you’ve noticed between life in Leopold and other parts of the world?
Do you have an idea for a future global project we could do?
It was a fun morning in 2KM and 2KJ today because we skyped with Mrs Yollis and her third graders!
We haven’t been able to skype with Mrs Yollis and her new students yet because of the different time zones. However, now there is daylight saving here in Victoria, and Americans have finished daylight saving, so we have a small window of time where we are at school when Mrs Yollis’ class is!
2KM and 2KJ students came to school early today and it was 8.45am Wednesday morning when we started skyping. Over in California it was 1.45pm Tuesday afternoon!
Mrs Yollis’ class finishes school at 2.21pm. Lots of her students stayed back after the bell to keep chatting!
For our Skype session, we assigned some special jobs to students:
Alana was our greeter. She introduced the class and started our skype call.
Haille and Ava were our typists. They used netbooks to type up the questions, answers and conversations we had.
Jordi and Mia were the photographers. They took photos of the interesting moments during the skype chat.
Our researchers were Charlotte, Molly, Quinn, Liam, Jarrod, Dana and Kayla. They thought of interesting topics to share with our American buddies and found information on the internet.
Other students brought in some special “Australian” items for a show and tell session.
Before our skype call, 2KM, 2KJ and Mrs Yollis’ class organised some questions and answers to share. It was interesting to learn some new information about America. Our researchers enjoyed sharing some Australian facts.
Read what our typists recorded during our Skype chat below…
Our photographers took photos to show all the fun we had…
What did you learn about America?
What are some similarities or differences between Australia and America?
Do you have an interesting fact about Australia that you could share next time we Skype?
Be sure to head over to Mrs Yollis’ Class Blog and check out the post about the Skype call from their end. It is a terrific post!
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”?
2KM and 2KJ love blogging and one of our favourite things about having a class blog is connecting with other student bloggers from all around the world!
Mrs Yollis and her third grade class in Los Angeles, California (USA), are one of our closest blogging buddies. We love to check out Mrs Yollis’ blog, leave her comments and have commenting conversations. We have learnt a lot about life in America from Mrs Yollis and her students.
Just to show how far away we live from Mrs Yollis, look at the map below. (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
A few weeks ago Jarrod sent a special package over to Mrs Yollis’ class. Check it out here. Read about what happened when Mrs Yollis’ class tasted vegemite!
We got such a surprise yesterday when we received a big parcel, all the way from Mrs Yollis’ class in California!
Our special package contained a lovely card, American flags for all students, four packets of “Jelly Belly” jelly beans, delicious lolly pops for everyone and a wonderful Californian book, titled “Golden Numbers”. We are so lucky!
Leo checking out the card from Mrs Yollis and her students.
We read the special book straight away!
We enjoyed the jelly beans. Yum!
Hello from Australia!
A big thank you to Mrs Yollis and her fabulous third grade students. You truly are such special friends!
Do you have any friends or family members who live in another country?
What have you learnt from Mrs Yollis and her students about America?
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.