Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Melbourne Cup Day!

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It is called “the race that stops the nation”.

Here are some Melbourne Cup facts:

  • The race is 3200 metres long.
  • The race is for horses aged three and over.
  • 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.

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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 place with the horse Dunaden was Morgan (2KJ) and Millie (2KM)

Second place with the horse Red Cadeaux was Charlotte (2KJ) and Andrew (2KM)

Third place with the horse Lucas Cranach was Sophie (2KJ) and Ella (2KM)

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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 was Ella (2KJ) and Mia (2KM).

The winner of the boys was Morgan (2KJ) and Ryley (2KM).

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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”?

20,000 Visitors

The 2KM and 2KJ blog reached a big milestone on the weekend.

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This blog has been running for nine months and we’ve enjoyed getting to know our readers from all around the world.

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Well done, everyone!

We thank all the students, parents, teachers and community members who have made the 2KM and 2KJ blog a friendly and exciting place to visit.

Look at the Clustrmap and see if you can answer any of these questions.

How many different countries have we had visitors from?

What continents have we had the most visitors from?

Have we had visitors from all seven continents?

We have eight more weeks of school. How many visitors do you think we’ll get?

Three New Student Blogs!

This week, three more students in 2KM earned their own blog.

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Liam, Mikayla and Hannah were awarded their blog because they were very committed to learning about blogging and left lots of comments for our class and blogging buddies.

If you get time to check out these new bloggers’ blogs, they’d love to hear from you!

Liam’s Life

Liam's blog

Hannah’s Blog

Hannah's blog

Mikayla’s Happy Blog

Mikayla's Blog

There are now 14 bloggers in 2KM and 2KJ. You can find all the links on the right hand sidebar, under “L.P.S. Student Blogs”.

Jarrod’s Awesome Blog

Charlotte’s Amazing Blog

Millie’s Magical Blog

Haille’s Happy Blog

Keira’s Exciting Blog

Kayla’s Lovely Blog

Alana’s Animated Blog

Ava’s Awesome Blog

Ella’s Fantastic Blog

Amelie’s Adventures

Jordi’s Joyful Blog

Alana and Jordi have already written posts to introduce the new bloggers. What a nice idea!

We also thank all of the above bloggers who have been involved in teaching Liam, Hannah and Mikayla about blogging!

Which student blogs have you visited?

Do you have any compliments or questions for our student bloggers?

Operation Christmas Child Update

Recently, we had some special visitors come to tell us about Operation Christmas Child. You can read about that here.

Most of the students in 2KM and 2KJ have been busy collecting some special items to fill up our shoeboxes for less fortunate children overseas.

Some of the things we donated were small toys, soaps, pencils, shoes, clothing, toothbrushes and books.

We also wrote a letter for the boxes to tell the child all about our class.

2KM and 2KJ filled up seven shoeboxes.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan paid for the postage online so we could get a special tracking code. This tracking code will let us find out where the boxes go! It will be fun to follow our shoeboxes.

Here is Ella, Leo and Hamish with our shoeboxes that are all ready to be sent off.

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What did you donate?

How does it feel to give something to someone else?

What special things do you do at Christmas time?

How many days are there until Christmas?

Our Friends in California

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).

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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.

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We read the special book straight away!

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We enjoyed the jelly beans. Yum!

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Hello from Australia!

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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?

What is your favourite treat to eat?

Our World, Our Stories

In 2KM and 2KJ, we love to connect and learn with our friends around the world.

Today we are excited to start a new global project called Our World, Our Stories.

We have a blog  http://ourworldourstories.edublogs.org/ where all the blogging buddies will meet up and learn together for the next seven weeks.

Our World Our Stories Blog

Classes involved

The students are all from junior primary classes and are from three different continents and six different countries.

2KM and 2KJ from Victoria, Australia

B4 from New Zealand

Mrs Yollis’ third grade class from California, USA

Mr Salsich’s third grade class from Connecticut, USA

Mrs Watson’s 2/3 class from Canada

Andy Sefa Boachie and his students from Ghana

Miss Usher’s standard 3 class from Punta Gorda, Belize

A map showing participating classes

View Our World, Our Stories in a larger map

How will it work?

A different class will “lead” a topic on the blog each week. The lead class will publish posts and reply to comments.

Topics will be based on students’ interests such as school games, hobbies, food, local environment etc.

The other classes will read the posts, possibly publish their own posts, and leave blog comments.

The students will be able learn a lot from getting to know how the other classes live their lives.

We plan to have a special celebration in December to finish our project!

If you want to keep up to date with how the fun and learning unfolds, there is a “subscribe via email” box on the right hand side of the Our World, Our Stories blog.

We encourage all members of the 2KM and 2KJ community to get involved!

What do you think about Our World, Our Stories?

What do you think we’ll get out of doing of this project?

The Grade Two Activity Night

Tuesday 18th October was the Grade Two Activity Night at Leopold Primary School.

Excitement was high and everyone had a terrific time on the night!

The Activity Night started at 5pm and finished at about 9.15pm. Luckily, Wednesday is a holiday for the Geelong Cup (horse race) so we can all have a sleep in!

Watch this slideshow to see how our night unfolded…

Thanks to our special helpers Mr D, Mr Mac, Mrs Geoghegan, Mrs Mullen and Nate who helped out on the night!

What did you enjoy most about the Grade Two Activity Night?

Have you ever been to an event like this before?

If you were planning an Activity Night, what other activities could you have?

Blog Action Day: Food

Today, Sunday 16th October is Blog Action Day. This is an organised event where bloggers around the world post about an important topic on the same day. This year the topic is food.

Thank you to Jarrod’s mum, Melane, who told us about Blog Action Day! Jarrod has also published a post for Blog Action Day here.

Recently in 2KM and 2KJ we have been talking about how lucky we are to have so much nutritious and delicious food at our fingertips. When we were learning about some of the children who will receive our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, we found out that many of them don’t get to eat three meals a day like we do.

We have been thinking about how lots of people in Australia actually have more food than they need! It is sad that so much food is wasted in our country.

We watched this BTN story about food wastage.

We couldn’t believe that one out of every four bags of groceries we buy is wasted!

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If you want to help feed people overseas, why don’t you check out the website http://freerice.com. On this site you can answer questions. For each question you get right, ten grains of rice are donated to hungry people overseas.

Free Rice

How many questions did you get correct on Free Rice?

How can we avoid wasting food?

Leave a comment with your tips!

P.E. 9am

with Mr Ben Dew and Mr Andy Hair/Mr Haydn Marshall

Operation Christmas Child

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.

Operation Christmas Child

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.

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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.

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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?

A Surprise from the Northern Territory!

On the holidays Mrs Morris was helping Miss Dwyer in the Northern Territory with her first class blog. Miss Dwyer used to live in Geelong and is friends with Mrs Sliwa who is a teacher at Leopold Primary School.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris also enjoyed getting to know some of Miss Dwyer’s students on the holidays through some commenting conversations.

What  a surprise everyone in 2KM and 2KJ got today when we received a package in the mail from the Northern Territory!

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There was a postcard from Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park in N.T. and a book called”Cranky Crocodiles” by Steve Parish. Miss Dwyer said there are crocodiles near their school!

We enjoyed reading the book!

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We looked at the 3/4 Dwyer and 4 Francis blog and saw all the great things they were learning. Everyone loved their Voki.

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We looked at Google Maps to find their school. It is a long way from Leopold Primary School to the top of the Northern Territory.

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When we got back from P.E. we noticed that Leo and his pet Lulu were also enjoying the book!

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Thank you Miss Dwyer!

Have you ever received a surprise in the mail?

Have you ever looked at Google Maps?

Do you know anything about the Northern Territory?