Toolangi National Park

On Friday the 29th August 5MR and 5RK visited Toolangi National Park. We were lucky enough to visit two different types of forest – Mountain Ash and a rainforest as well as a logging site. It was a great opportunity for us to not only experience life in the forest, but also learn important things about our unit on bushfires.

Some of the trees we saw were hundreds of years old and the small section of rainforest contained vegetation species that could be traced back to the time of the dinosaurs. It was fascinating to hear how trees have evolved to cope with bushfire and the firestick farming methods of Indigenous Australians. Some of the seeds from the trees will only open with the immense heat of the bushfire, so in some ways bushfire can actually help in the re-generation process. Bushfires are extremely bad for rainforests however as they don’t re-generate. The logging site that we saw had been cleared of trees in 2013 and it will take 75 years before they grow back to that height again. There were so many interesting things and I would love to hear some of the reflections from students as well. Here are a few photos:

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Welcome to our class blog

Welcome to the 5MR class blog. Maybe you are just visiting our online space or perhaps you are commenting on some of the things we doing. Either way we hope you enjoy the journey that we are on in 2014!

We will be using this space to:

  • develop our student voice
  • establish meaningful learning conversations
  • learn about appropriate online behaviour
  • utilise specific learning resources

 

Our class have chosen a motto that represents how we feel about each other:

‘No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have erasers’IMG_20140321_160757

 

We also chose ‘Steve’ from Minecraft to represent us because:

-he starts with nothing just like us in Foundation

-he gathers more and more things and gets smarter

-he becomes ‘the king of the world’

-he builds things like us building knowledge

-he takes risks

-he fights to the end

-he protects people

-he collects new things

-he changes skins and names and this shows that we are many different people

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Our learning community is built on four key norms:

1) We listen to each other

2) We know that there is sometimes more than one good idea

3) We respect each other

4) We build on each other’s ideas

 

One of the things that we are trying to achieve this year (as well as in to the future) is to have the skills, the confidence and the knowledge to ‘feel comfortable wherever you are’

'Feeling comfortable wherever you are'