Busy Bees

This has been such a busy term that we haven’t made a single post!
The most exciting part of the term was our school production of ‘Seussical the Musical’. We had 2/3 of our whole class involved. Bree had a lead role as the Sour Kangaroo and some of the other 6s and 7s were understudies for the main parts. They got to do their very own performance at one of the matinees.
Here’s a video of one of the songs.
Gertrude McFuzz

New Zealand

1/3 of our class traveled to New Zealand this week for a 12 day camp. We had a very early start on Monday at Melbourne airport when we checked in at 4.45am! The rest of the day was spent traveling to Rotorua where our camp is based.
On Tuesday we went to the luge. It was raining heaps but that didn’t worry us. In fact it was good because there was no one else there. After the luge we went to Wingspan where the falconers introduced us to the wild birds that live in there. Everyone got a chance to hold one of the birds which was very cool.
On Wednesday we traveled down towards Taupo. We stopped at Kerosine Creek and had a swim in a hot waterfall. Amazing! Then we did a long bush walk at Waimangu and had a boat cruise on the lake. We saw where Mt Tarawera erupted and where the pink & white terraces used to be.
Today ( Thursday) has been a really busy one. We were at the Agrodome when it opened this morning and everyone who wanted to went on the Swoop or the Agrojet or the Freefall. You should have heard the screaming! After that we went to the sheep show and met lots of breeds of sheep. Some kids got to milk a cow and feed the lambs. We gobbled down some lunch and then EVERYONE ( even Mrs D) rolled down a hill in the Zorb. When we got back to camp a few people braved the creek for a swim. It was refreshingly chilly ūüôā
Kerosine Creek

13 More Sleeps!

Today, the Red group class who are going to NZ in April stuck our itineraries in our camp books. Last Friday we skyped with the Room8 class at Melville Intermediate, a school we are going to visit in Hamilton NZ. The connection was pretty bad but we got to say hello to some of the kiwi kids. Doing that made us feel like the trip is actually going to happen and there are only 13 more sleeps till we get on the plane! In fact, this time in 14 days we should be lugeing down the side of Mt Ngongotaha. Woo hoo.

 Look out for some awesome blog posts from the Land of the Long White Cloud!

Interschool Equestrian

Show Jump

Tuesday the 15th of March was the day of the Mortlake College interschool showjumping event.

This year Mortlake regained the title of event winners. We have won the title every year since 2007 except for last year when we were defeated by Heytesbury.

This year our team consisted of David, Jack, Celia, Liam, Jamima, Lizzy, Rosie & Airlia. To win, we had to have the most points. To score points we had to place in our events. Our top three scorers were Celia who was age group and height champion, Lizzy who was second in her division and Jamima who placed 3rd in her division.

Overall we won with 50 points, defeating many other schools. Well done team!

Jamima & Liam

Paying our respects to the New Zealanders, who suffered during the Christchurch Earthquake

Thinking of ChristchurchAs a lot of you know, on the 22/2/11 at 12:51 PM, Christchurch in New Zealand, was massacred by an Earthquake which¬†destroyed homes, live stock, buildings¬†and sadly, turned peoples’ worlds upsidedown in a matter of minutes.

This massive eartquake was recorded as a 6.3 on the Richter scale, tearing down the historical Christchurch cathedral, collapsing buildings in its wake, and killing people in the terror.

Many people are still mourning losses of family members and friends, and we feel deeply sorry for these people, who have had the pain that the earthquake has inflicted on not only the city of Christchurch but the whole world.

As a mark of respect today, all students in the 5-7 area had a minute silence in front of our Mural wall, which shows the journey of some of our ancestors from Hawaiki to New  Zealand and then to Australia.

Lots of staff members and students have friends or whanau in New Zealand, we hope that they are all OK, and coping with this tragedy.



We have had lots of swimming events this month.

3/6 swimming was a huge success with all students participating, having fun and giving it their best. We had ranges of different competitions like 25 metre races, 50 metre races and noodle races. We had some great times and very proud kids. We also had some very special random guests from England, the lady Mayoress and the lady- in- waiting (Jack & Georgie) who decided to go for a swim in the pool in their clothes.

But back to swimming! We had so many successful kids who made it to Portland Regionals¬†with excellent times. We would like to thank all the students who participated, the year 7’s for helping out on the day, the family and friends who supported the swimmers and the teachers.

 Georgie (5/7 sports captain)

5-12 swimming was a successful day with many younger students stepping up to fill in for the older students who didnt participate. Everybody had a successful day with many proud 1st 2nd and 3rd winners.

Everybody was very sunsmart which was wonderful to see. At the end of the day everybody was part of the house relay across the pool. the houses are boorook (green) mirrawae (blue) wurrong (red)

Over all the results were boorook  first on 45 and equal second mirrawae and wurrong on 38. thanks to all the teachers and parents that helped out on the day. Lily (boorook participant)

Then we had the interschool sports.  Everyone was really optimistic about our chances because our swimming academy has been training really hard and all our relay swimmers were keen as. Lake Bolac have won the swimming sports forever and so beating them is an enormous challenge.

The competition was neck and neck all day and in the end we came so close. Lake Bolac won again and we were second by just two points! It was a great effort by everyone and it gives us the incentive to try even harder next year.
Swimming Sports on PhotoPeach by Jackie

A Fresh Start

5-7 2011

By Jack & Claudia.

The new year of schooling has finally begun though some students found it hard to get out of bed! Holidays are over and we are straight into the¬†routine of things. We started off the day with lots of chat and catching up. There were many new faces for the 6/7’s: Grade 5’s and 2 new year 6 students, who have already started to fit in. We did a couple of activities to get to know each other. Then we had¬†Recess. Recess is always fun the first day, hearing all of your friends holiday stories. Then after recess we got into naming books, and getting on to setting goals and what we are looking forward to.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Most can’t but look forward to the new year because it’s always filled with great new times.¬† This year many students are looking forward to the camp¬†in New Zealand we have coming up in April which includes 21¬†students from our 5 – 7 area. We also have lots of sporting days coming up in term 1 and 2¬†and swimming is only in two weeks.¬† Sporting in the College is considered quite important by most¬†families and teachers in our school as there are many opportunities to be had.¬† Performing Arts is also a very large part of our school. This year we are doing Suessical as our play and everyone seems very excited to be in a play like this one.¬† There is not much not to like about the new year but in a flash it seems that it is¬†over¬†and you cant wait for the next. 2011 will be yet another great year for Mortlake College and hopefully will for many years to come.

Have a great year!

Welcome Back to School

This year we have had a particularly long Summer holiday break but it’s time for the boredom of being stuck at home to end and the fun to begin!

We welcome 13 brand new year 5s into the unit and also, new to Mortlake College, Keira and Josh in Yr 6.

Our curriculum through line this year is “Global Citizenship’ and we will be exploring and sharing our ideas of excatly what that means.

We hope that by the middle of the year every student will have their own blog. In the meantime we will publish ‘guest’ blogs from each year level and we’ll start our very own version of the 365 project.


Middle @ Mortlake is a blogspace for the students and teachers in Years 5-7 at Mortlake College.

I hope that as the year goes on, all students will have the opportunity to guest blog or to add links to their own blogs from this page.

It’s a great opportunity to showcase some of the great work we do in our unit to the rest of the world.