Take a Stand, Lend a Hand!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on March 18, 2016

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The sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was held today all around Australia. We had a special assembly at Kilmore PS and completed some activities to help us all remember that there is no place for bullies in our world.

The annual day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and encourages all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond. Click HERE to read more on the official ‘Bullying No Way’ website.

Our SRC representatives and Mrs McCarthy delivered a special message at assembly.




T is for  Tell someone if you know something is not right

A is for   All stick together, don’t join in with someone who is being unkind.

K is for Kindness is catching. I’ll be kind to you, you be kind to me.

E is for Everybody feeling safe


A is for Always help your friends


S is for Speak in a friendly voice and say the right words

T is for Take a stand and lend a hand

A is for Ask someone for help

N is for Never be a bully, if you are a bully you will not have any good friends

D is for Do the right thing and don’t be a bystander


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Every student in the school contributed to a class set of no bullying bunting. These are on display at the office. Click HERE to make your own bunting.


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Together, we can make sure that Kilmore PS is a happy and safe place for everyone.




How do you say ‘No’ to bullying?


What tips do you have for us to make sure Australian schools are bully free zones?



Sharks & Skype


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Units of Inquiry | Posted on March 1, 2016

This morning started out like any other…until the Grade 6s found themselves talking to a shark expert in America as part of their unit of inquiry.

It may have been Tuesday 1st March in Australia, but it was still February over in Colorado, America! Through the wonderful Skype in the Classroom Virtual Field Trip website we were able to make contact with Lauren from Ocean First Institute.




The Grade 6s are currently learning about animal adaptations and Lauren was able to give them some new information. We are very grateful for the opportunity to hear from Lauren and appreciate the photos, video and shark jaws and teeth she shared.











Not the best photo, but these are shark teeth.


After the Skype call, students used the notes taken to write about their new knowledge. You can read some of their writing below:


Are you scared of sharks or think they are hurting people? Well we’re hurting them more than they are hurting us. Did you know you are more likely to be killed by lighting than a shark attack? Sharks are endangered and if you want to help you’re going to need learn about sharks.

Did you know the world is exactly 71% water and sharks are in every part of it? There are over 500 hundred species of sharks covering every ocean and sea. Here are just a few of these amazing species, hammerhead shark, great white shark, mako shark, velvet belly and whale sharks. These are all very different species and each has a different way of living.

Each shark has its own unique ability. The mako shark can swim up to 50 miles/80.4672 kilometres per hour. That’s fast! The hammer head shark smells its prey and sways its head to whichever side the smell is stronger on. The whale shark has a unique ability as it filter feeds, filter feeding means it filters plankton into its mouth.

Camouflage is another needed ability for slow sharks or small sharks, like the velvet belly whose belly glows, so to predators below it looks like the moon light or sunlight. Another glowing fish is the mega mouth that has a big florescent strip just above its mouth which lures fish to a close distance so the mega mouth can catch them. Another camouflage is counter shading which the great white uses. Its back is blue and the belly is white which makes it look like sunlight from fish looking up and sea water from fish looking down. Carpet fish also use camouflage in a great way. The carpet fish looks like coral so when a fish swims by it just thinks its coral until it leaps up and eats it!

Some things are very important to most sharks like teeth. Sharks have adapted to having five rows or more of teeth. Did you know a shark loses 30 000 to 50 000 teeth through its lifetime?  Another thing all sharks need is water going through their gills. To do this, they must continue to move so to sleep they only turn off half their brain so they keep moving. All sharks have a sixth sense which allows them to detect electricity coming off other animals, some sharks use it less than others as some live in murky water.

This is just some new information we learnt from Lauren Rieger through a Skype call. Now we hope you have learnt that sharks are amazing and not at all dangerous to humans. We think that humans should take better care of our marine life!

By Benjamin H and William F (6W)


There are 500 species of shark and they come in all shapes and sizes.

On 1st March we had a Skype lesson with the marine biologist Lauren Rieger who told us about sharks.

Great whites lunge at their pray with great speed and to protect their eyes they roll their eyes back into their eye sockets.

Goblin sharks are unusual. They have a very long nose. Impressed? No? Well, this next part is impressive…their jaws can expand as long as their noses to catch their pray. Now that’s impressive!

Hammerhead sharks are the latest shark discovered in the ocean. Hammerhead sharks have nine different varieties of heads from boomerang to shovel to hammer.

Sharks are awesome and because of Lauren we were able to learn more about them.

By Dean (6W)


We would like to thank Lauren for an amazing Skype call filled with the perfect combination of videos, pictures and props. We would also like to thank her for answering many questions and sharing her vast knowledge of sharks with us. It’s not everyday you speak to someone on the other side of the world, let alone someone who knows so much about sharks.


What do you still want to learn about sharks?

Where should we go for our next virtual field trip?

This Little Piggy Went to…the Bank!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on February 17, 2016




Are you saving up for something special? Imagine if you saved $2 every week of the school year. At the end of the year you would have $80. If you saved $5 every week you could have $200 waiting for you in your bank account! Imagine if you were able to deposit $10 each week. A whopping $400 would be yours at the end of the year.


A student in Foundation who saved $2 a week every week of the school year for their whole seven years at primary school would have a healthy $560 in their bank account…and that is before interest.


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Kilmore Primary School participates in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s School Banking Program. The aim of the program is to teach young Australians the importance of saving and lifelong money skills. It’s been around since 1931.


Kristy is our school banking fairy. She has two daughters at KPS and enjoys helping out at the school and one of the ways she does this is by processing the student banking each week. Each week students can bring their little yellow bank books to school with some money and Kristy will make sure it is deposited into their savings account.
Photo Credit: https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

Photo Credit: https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

Kristy started doing KPS’s school banking in 2015. Before that, she did it for about four years at her son’s primary school in Thomastown.


Kristy thinks it’s great for children to learn about money and to adopt healthy saving habits. She also thinks it’s great to see them get excited about the rewards that are offered through the school banking program. Did you know that KPS benefits from school banking because the Commonwealth Bank actually pays the school a commission for using their program. This commission goes towards improving the school for everyone.


Click on the links below for more information about school banking.




If you live in Australia you can join the school banking program. If you go to KPS, contact the office for more information.


What are your tips for saving money?


Are you saving up for something special? Tell us about it?


Why is it important to learn about money at school?


Parent Information Evening


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on February 17, 2016

Last night Kilmore Primary School’s alarm didn’t go on until after 8:30pm! The reason? It was a special ‘Parent Information Evening’ and ‘Open Classroom’ night.

Parents and students filled the school hall to hear our principal, Mrs Laffan, speak about our curriculum and 2016. Click HERE to read the handouts from Mrs Laffan’s presentation. After her presentation, students shared their classrooms with their parents.











We enjoyed sharing our school and work with our parents.


What did you like hearing about or seeing at the Information Night?


What do you think makes a great school?

Six Hats


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT | Posted on February 15, 2016

Image Credit: http://www.classcrown.com/blog/?p=239

Image Credit: http://www.classcrown.com/blog/?p=239


A man named Edward de Bono developed a special way to think about things. His strategy is based on six different coloured hats. Each hat helps you to think about a topic/issue in a particular way.


Image credit: http://www.ballymenaprimary.org.uk/skills_thinkinghats.php?p=3

Image credit: http://www.ballymenaprimary.org.uk/skills_thinkinghats.php?p=3


We used some of de Bone’s hats to think about ourselves and get to know our classmates. Using PowerPoint, we created slides and learnt how to:

*Format backgrounds

*Include hyperlinks

*Add animations

*Include transitions

*Use the snipping tool


We also practised:

*Inserting slides and textboxes

*Formatting the size and colour of our font

*Inserting ClipArt images


Below is an example of one our PowerPoints.

Wearing your Yellow Hat, please tell us about your favourite part of 2016 so far!


Do you think the Six Hats are a good tool to use to think about things? Why or why not?

Ready, Set, Go!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on February 9, 2016

This is the name of the special program all classes participated in at the start of the year. It is designed so that classes:

* Create classroom processes, routines and expectations

* Develop teamwork skills and strategies

* Get to know each other

* Are ready to make the most of all learning opportunities throughout the year

An example of an ‘End of the Day’ process


We enjoyed completing different activities including making a totem using our name.




To make your own name totem, follow these steps:

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half lengthways. We used white A4.
  2. Write your name in large letters on one half. You must write as close as you can to the folded edge.
  3. Hold your piece of paper up to the light so you are looking at the blank half of your paper. We used a glass door and windows.
  4. Trace your name onto the blank side.
  5. Open up your piece of paper and decorate your totem!


To get to know each other, some classes made ‘Whooo Am I?’ owls from this cool website.  You can make your own if you click on the link because the kind people Lakeshore Learning have uploaded the templates.

Grade 2J had a hoot making their owls.

Grade 2J had a hoot making their owls.


On Friday we had our ‘Ready, Set, Celebrate!’ Day. It was a full day with:

* A quiz run by the school captains over the PA system

* Open classrooms where family members could visit

* A scavenger hunt

* Whole school assembly where all classes shared their motto and a representative shared a highlight on behalf of their grade


Each class thought of a question for the Trivia Quiz. You can play along at home by clicking on the image below.



Trivia Quiz

Students worked in small teams in their classroom to answer the questions


School Captains

The School Captains asked the questions from the ICT Room using the phone (which is also the PA loud speaker system)


Later in the day we worked in mixed class teams of three to find the answers to 25 questions around the school when we completed a Scavenger Hunt.


Scavenger Hunt 2


The questions and answers are below.



What was your favourite part of the Ready, Set, Go program?


What do you think was the most important part of the program?


What are you looking forward to learning about in 2016?



Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in General | Posted on February 6, 2016

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Welcome to Kilmore Primary School’s new blog!

We are looking forward to sharing our learning with the world through this blog. Stay tuned!

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