A city full of history

Last week, the Year 5 and 6 students saw Melbourne through new eyes – Year 5 teacher, Alex Schifter, tells how.

56-ex-3Last week, the Year 5 and 6 students traveled into the city to become explorers for a day as part of our History Inquiry unit. We have been looking at the Colonial period of Australian history and exploring how history can be told from different perspectives. Continue reading

A to Z reflection to Sovereign Hill

The one excursion that I remember going to in primary school was Sovereign Hill – a day where we stepped back in time, ate a vast quantity of boiled sweets, had ‘Wanted’ posters printed with our names on them, and watched our left-handed classmates struggle to write in ink with a quill in their right hand.

Year 1 and 2 students recently enjoyed an excursion to Sovereign Hill and have reported back on the best bits of the day. Thank you to Di Pantazis and the Junior School Team for this post.

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Look up, it’s our beloved Peppercorn tree

This week’s blog is written by Bonnie Savage who was a student at KPS from 1991 to 1994. After graduating from KPS she went onto Loreto Mandeville Hall and is now working as a freelance photographer here in Melbourne. She photographs a range of subjects from food for cookbooks to portraits for advertisements or magazines.

KPS_Bonnie3Most of you picking up and dropping of your kids at school each day probably don’t look up and admire or even notice the wind vane on top of the pavilion shelter.

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Thanks to James Penson for his thoughts on ANZAC Day and what KPS is doing to mark the event.

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War which broke out in 1914. In 1915 Australia and New Zealand sent soldiers on an allied expedition to Gallipoli. The soldiers landed at Gallipoli on April 25 with the aim of capturing Constantinople (known as Istanbul today). But what they thought would be a quick mission turned into an eight-month long ordeal, during which more than 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed.

ANZAC-2This news significantly affected Australians back home, and in 1916, April 25 became the date we paid our respects to those who had sacrificed their lives for their country. From the 1920s, the day picked up momentum and commemoration services were held throughout Australia, New Zealand and even overseas. Continue reading

The KPS ‘Field of Poppies’

Blog-Collage-8Thank you to Bethanie Clarke for this fabulous ANZAC Day poppy-making tutorial.

Take part in creating a “Field of Poppies” to commemorate this ANZAC Day by following these simple steps.

You will need:
– Printed template (download here) or you could use red card, paper or crepe paper.
– Red texta or colouring pencil
– Scissors
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