We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview some people who actually live in Australia. These visitors to our school live around the Melbourne area. They are all educators and we learned a lot about the similarities and differences between the schools in the two countries ... there were not a lot of differences! Have a listen to hear what they had to say.

This visitor to our school is a friend of Mrs Livingstone, our Head Teacher. She had once had the opportunity to visit Northern Australia and we were keen to ask her some questions because we didn't have much information about this part .... Australia is such a BIG country!!

Kayleigh, one of the pupils in our class moved with her family to settle in Australia. They went to Perth. We had a party for her before she left. Mrs Vass even baked some Australian cookies!

You can read about it here.

A Very Australian Day! May 9, 2007

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Today we all said farewell to Kayleigh. This is her last week at school …

she’s off to Australia next week! We’ll really miss her, but it’s fantastic

that she can keep in touch by posting her adventures on her individual

blog. She’s already made friends over there because we are in touch

with the **AllStars**

Check out the comments

she’s been receiving! She’s going to a different part of Australia (they’re in Sydney, she’s off to Perth), but maybe they’ll meet up sometime - who knows!

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Mrs V made some Anzac biscuits and even some Lamington cakes.

We found the recipes for them here …. They were yummy!!

Anzac Biscuits

Traditional biscuits baked by anxious wives and mothers during World War I, packed in food parcels, and sent to the Australian soldiers in the trenches.
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
125g (4oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 300F (150C)
Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut together.
Melt syrup and butter together.
Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup.
Add to dry ingredients.
Place 1 tablespoonfuls of mixture on greased tray (allow room for spreading).
Bake for 20 minutes.
Loosen while warm, cool on trays.
(makes about 35)

A few weeks later, Kayleigh and her family arrived at their destination!! We 'blogged about it! You can read the entry below.

Kayleigh Has Arrived in Perth, Australia May 19, 2007

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Kayleigh has posted on her blog that she has arrived safely in Australia. You can read about her first impressions on her blog. Just click on her name and it will take you there. Why don’t you leave her a comment to say hello? Kayleigh’s Blog

We were able to find out about Kayleigh's arrival in Australia because we read about it on her individual blog. It was so exciting and lots of us left her a comment to wish her well!

You can read her post and our comments below.

'We're In A New Home !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kayleigh at 5:43 am on Saturday, May 19, 2007

Yesterday at 10 past 5 i landed in perth airport. My mum and dads friends Laim and Tara, plus their two sons John and Adain. When we came ito perth the fist thing i saw was lots and lots of tress.[I din’t really edxspet to see trees.] Then three minutes after that i saw houses, then we landed in the airport. WHen we left the airport it took as about an hour to get to Laim and Tara’s house in Port Kenndy.'

Here are the comments we left on her Blog.


Comment by Mrs Vass
May 19, 2007 @ 7:26 am

Hello Kayleigh!
It’s so great to hear from you!! I’m pleased you arrived safely. We’ll look up Port Kennedy in google earth. Please keep in touch regularly. We’re really keen to hear about all your new adventures!!

Comment by Mrs.Nathaniel
May 19, 2007 @ 8:24 am

Hallo Kayleigh,
It is nice to hear from you. I am very pleased that you and your family have arrived safely in Australia. Good luck to you all in your new homeland.

Comment by AllStars & Mrs P
May 19, 2007 @ 9:21 am

Welcome to the land “Down Under” Kayleigh - it’s a REALLY long trip isn’t it? We are glad that you have arrived safely - let us know how you get on and what you think of Australia!

Comment by Marc
May 19, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

Hi Kayleigh i’m so glad that you made it safetly to Australia. Keep in touch with us please send us letters. We are missing you already. external image icon_wink.gif

Comment by Mrs. Shuttleworth
May 20, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

Salut Kayleigh!
Great to see you’ve arrived safely.It’s hard to believe you are halfway around the world! Did you find it a long journey? I’ll hear from P.7V the adventures you have in your new homeland.
Au revoir

Comment by Rachael
May 21, 2007 @ 8:42 am

Hello Kayleigh it is nice to hear from you i am glad you have arrived safely i am really missing i hope you keep in touch with me over my individual blog and the class blog can you comment me back and tell me what Australia is like.
Bye Bye i am really missing you it feels like ages since you left xx!!xx!!xx!!xx!!xx

Comment by Lisa.L
May 21, 2007 @ 8:45 am

Hi Kayleigh!
We have really missed you, is it really warm in Australia?
Please keep in touch with us.
Bye xx

Comment by Rebecca
May 23, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

I really miss you when are you starting your new school??? oh and what does kfj mean

Comment by Ryan
May 23, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

Hiya Kayleigh i’m sorry i havn’t spoke to you in ages.Hope your enjoying Australia.Everybody misses you Daniel won an LG Shine.I hope you can write soon.Speak to you later bye.): sad face

Comment by David Gilmour
May 23, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

That’s not how you do a sad face!
Have a look here.
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Comment by Your friend Jeanan
May 24, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

Hey hen howz u am so glad tht u got their safely!!
we all miss u loadz!!
talk to u soon!!
Bye Bye xx

Comment by Mrs Livingstone
May 25, 2007 @ 9:44 am

Hi Kayleigh
Super to hear that you have arrived safely.We had a visit in school yesterday from some Australian headteachers. The class are going to have a treat today- Happy meals all round, including Mrs Vass! Do keep in touch and let me know all your news

Comment by mrs williamson p6
May 25, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

Hi Kayleigh! I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye and good luck to you. I hope you are very happy in Australia. Take care. Best wishes, Mrs. W. x

Sean's group loved investigating the story of Ned Kelly. They found a quiz. There is lots more about Ned in the 'Australian Stories' section of this wiki.

Ned Kelly

Here is a quiz see if you can get them all right! Read the information first, then try to answer the questions.

He has been described as 'one of the most romantic figures in Australian history' and as 'the father of our national courage'. Yet he was a criminal. He shot and killed policemen. He kept ordinary Australians hostage. Why was he considered a hero and why is he still revered today, more than 100 years after his death? It is a national mystery. He is and was a controversial figure.

His whole family was on the wrong side of the law. His parents were sent to Australia on a convict ship for committing petty crimes. Ned's criminal career began at a young age in country Victoria. In 1874 he was jailed for stealing a horse. Ellen Kelly, his mother, was jailed in 1878 for wounding a policeman.
Also in 1878 Ned and his younger brother Dan were falsely accused of attacking a wounded policeman. Both men fled to the bush where the 'Kelly Gang' was formed. For sixteen months they eluded police, committing robberies to survive. They killed three policemen, robbed a bank in Euroa and held the town of Jerilderie hostage.
In 1880 they took over the Glenrowan hotel and took many of the town's residents hostage. They made armour of thick steel to protect themselves from police bullets. Unfortunately the heavy armour made them clumsy. Ned was eventually captured and his brother Dan died in a fire when the Glenrowan hotel was burnt down.
He was a thief and a killer, so why was Ned Kelly widely loved? People admired his bravery and his defiance of the police. When it was declared that he was to be hung, 60,000 people signed a petition asking that he be spared. He was eventually hung at the Old Melbourne Jail on 11 November, 1880. Today we can still see a life size mask made immediately after his death. It is on display along with other Ned Kelly paraphernalia. He is remembered today in the popular expression, 'as game as Ned Kelly'.

Answer these questions from the facts above
Read the sentences below and then choose the best phrase to complete each sentence.

1. Ned Kelly's parents were

a. proud of him
b. sent to Australia on a convict ship
c. jailed in Australia

2. Ned and Dan hid in the bush for 16 months

a. after killing a policeman

b. after attacking a policeman

c. and formed the Kelly gang

3. During 1878 Ned and Dan

a. falsely accused a policeman
b. committed a number of crimes
c. were finally caught

4. In 1880

a. Ned and Dan drank at the Glenrowan pub
b. Ned and Dan lived in Glenrowan
c. the police caught Ned

5. Ned wore armour ___ .

a. to protect himself from police bullets
b. to become clumsy
c. which he stole

6. The 'Kelly Gang' was probably

a. a group of criminals
b. a nice bunch of men
c. a bush band

7. Three of Ned's crimes were

a. horse theft, petty crimes and wounding a policeman in 1878
b. killing policemen, holding people hostage and bank robbery
c. killing policemen, being hung and horse theft

8. Ned Kelly is a controversial figure because

a. he committed so many crimes
b. some people think he is a hero and others think he is a criminal
c. he killed policemen

9. Many people loved Ned

a. but no-one knows why
b. because he was so brave and defiant
c. but 60,000 people wanted him hung

10. 'As game as Ned Kelly'

a. is a children's game
b. is still remembered
c. probably means, 'very brave'

Here is some more information the group found interesting:

-Photograph of Ned Kelly. Image courtesy of Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
The bushranger Ned Kelly is one of Australia's greatest folk heroes. He has been memorialised by painters, writers, musicians, and film makers alike. More books, songs and websites have been written about Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang than any other group of Australian historical figures.
When people are asked what they think of Ned Kelly, the answers are usually fairly extreme. They either see him as a hero who fought for his family and friends, or a bushranger who robbed banks, stole livestock and murdered policemen.
A brief history of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang
Edward 'Ned' Kelly was the first-born son of an Irish Catholic couple. His father was an ex-convict and his mother was a migrant. He was born in June 1855 and was executed in 1880 at 25 years of age.
In his teens he was a 'bush-worker' - ring-barking, breaking in horses, mustering cattle, and fencing. From this he graduated to cattle duffing and horse stealing.
During Ned's short life he was arrested for assault, horse stealing, bank robbery, and finally a reward for £100 was put out for Ned and Dan Kelly for attempted murder of a policeman. Later the reward was increased to £1000 for each of the Kelly Gang for the murder of three policemen at Stringybark Creek.
After more bank robberies, the Kelly Gang's had their 'last stand' in the small town of Glenrowan, Victoria, where they took 60 hostages in a hotel. In the battle with police three gang members - Dan Kelly, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart - were killed and a wounded Ned was arrested and charged with the murder of a policeman. Ned Kelly was tried and convicted of the murder of Constable Lonigan at Stringybark Creek and hanged at the Melbourne Gaol.
An extensive history of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang can be seen at Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw. The Old Melbourne Gaol held a unique Kelly Exhibition in early 2002, and the Kelly gang featured in the National Museum of Australia's 2003/04 Outlawed! exhibition.
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1906 feature film The Story of the Kelly Gang
The Australian film industry produced what was probably the world's first full length feature film in 1906. The film was the Tait brothers production The Story of the Kelly Gang. It was a success in both Australian and British theatres, and it was also the beginning of a genre of bushranger stories.
In November 2006 the National Film and Sound Archive released a new digital restoration of The Story of the Kelly Gang. This restoration incorporated 11 minutes of material recently discovered in the United Kingdom. Prior to this discovery only a few minutes of footage was available. The Story of the Kelly Gang can be seen when visiting the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
While the Australian public took a liking to bushranger stories, the New South Wales police department did not. The production of films about bushrangers was banned in 1912. The Kelly story, however, outlasted the ban and has been refilmed a number of times since.
Other well known films about Ned Kelly include: Ned Kelly (1970) starring English rock singer Mick Jagger as Ned; the Trial of Ned Kelly (1977) starring John Waters and Gerard Kennedy; the 1980 mini-series The Last Outlaw starring John Jarratt, Steven Bisley and Sigrid Thornton; and most recently the 2003 Gregor Jordan directed Ned Kelly which starred Heath Ledger.
Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang - Books
Recently, the Australian author Peter Carey won the 2001 Booker Prize for his fictional novel True History of the Kelly Gang. Carey's inspiration, in part, came from the Sidney Nolan series of Kelly paintings, some of which can be seen at The Nolan Gallery's Foundation Collection. The novel's first person narrative style was crafted from Ned's own 'Jerilderie Letter' - an account of the dramatic events leading to his being outlawed in the 1870s.
Carey's book is not the first to be written about Ned and the Kelly Gang. There are many other books including Ned Kelly: A Short Life (1995), Ned Kelly: The Authentic Illustrated History (1984 and reprinted in 2001), I am Ned Kelly (1980) and the Inner History of the Kelly Gang (1929), a very brave move on behalf of the author, J. J. Kennealy, considering that some of the people being discussed were still alive.



64|]]=external image Hornby-Colour-Feature-Gap.jpgIt could be mistaken for a detective novel, with a mystery stretching into three centuries – from the colonial days of the mid-19th century to the ultra modern world of the early 21st century.The Gap, South HeadIt dates back to the night of August 20, 1857, when the sailing ship Dunbar was smashed to pieces as it attempted to enter Sydney Harbour. On board were 122 souls – 68 passengers and 54 crew. Only one would survive.The 1186-tonne Dunbar was described as a first class sailing vessel. When launched in 1854, it was said to be the largest ever built in the north-eastern English centre of Sunderland. The ship was owned by Duncan Dunbar, whose fleet also included the Phoebe Dunbar, the Dunbar Castle and the eponymous Duncan Dunbar.It had been at sea for 81 days on its second voyage from England when it approached Sydney Heads in treacherous weather conditions on the night of Thursday, August 20. Its skipper, Capt Green, decided to enter the harbour rather than ride out the heavy weather until morning.Heavy rain obscured the cliffs at Sydney Heads and when Capt Green heard the shout ‘breakers ahead!’, the Dunbar was south of the opening and almost under the Macquarie Lighthouse. The ship was driven broadside into the towering cliffs and began to break up almost immediately.In the hours that followed, all but one of the passengers and crew perished in the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Australia’s history.
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The sole survivor, able seaman James Johnson clung to a ledge on the cliff face until he was rescued on the Saturday morning, 36 hours after the Dunbar ran aground. The search for other survivors continued for days, but only the bodies of victims could be found. Most could not be identified.A mass funeral was held on September 24. The interments took place at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Newtown, where there is a monument to the victims. About 20,000 people lined George St for the funeral procession. Banks and offices closed, ships in the harbour flew their ensigns at half-mast and minute guns were fired as seven hearses and more than 100 carriages moved slowly through the city.

¬ Australia used to be part of a giant continent called Gondwana over one hundred million years ago.

Din-e-wan told of bones all pointing towards the water.

Astralias nick name is "the land down under" bucause it lies entries in the southern hemi-sphere, its almost halfway around the world from England, its mother country.