Posted in Australian history, Reconciliation

Reconciliation Week – Let’s take the next steps

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey.

NRW is held from 27 May to 3 June each year. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, NRW is bookended by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:

  •  27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census.
  •  3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

Reconciliation Week: 26/5/15 BTN story

This Years Theme

N.R.W has a different theme each year – the 2017 theme is ‘Let’s take the next steps’. As we reflect and commemorate two significant anniversaries of reconciliation in Australia, we look to take the next steps together in our national reconciliation story.

The theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’ reflects the nature of our Nation’s reconciliation journey so far, and looks forward, taking the next steps in this continuous journey. Earmarked by the two key anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo Decision. In reflecting on and discussing taking the next steps it is important to acknowledge and discuss the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reconciliation in Australia.

Answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

You will need to do some further research to answer some of the questions.

1. What does reconciliation mean?

2. Why do you think Reconciliation Australia chose this theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2017?
3. Does the poster effectively communicate a message about reconciliation? Why/why not?
4. What was the significance of the 1967 Referendum and what is the significance of its 50th anniversary in 2017?
5. What wast the significance of the 1992 Mabo decision, and what is the significance of its 25th anniversary in 2017?
6. What are some other significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey, and why is it important to commemorate these milestones?
7. What do you think some of the next milestones could or should be in Australia’s reconciliation journey and why? What might be your “next step” towards advancing reconciliation in Australia—as an individual, as a class, as a school and as a community?

Create your own National Reconciliation Week poster: Create your own poster based on the theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’. It is important to choose the right images, layout, size and quantity of text, colour and composition for effective communication and to grab your audiences attention. When creating your poster, consider what the purpose of the poster is, who the audience might be, and why certain images and text have been included in the poster.

Posted in Reading

Links to find advertisements

WHAT? We are learning to analyse different persuasive techniques used in advertising.

WHY? This will help us understand what makes an effective advertisement.

How? I’ll be able to look at advertisements and record techniques used.

Choose six advertisements–two magazine/newspaper ads, two television commercials, and two internet-based advertisements—and explain how each uses pathos, logos, and ethos. Not every advertisement will use all three, but examine the ad carefully before you decide to write “none.” Also list any other strategies used. Refer to the definitions and examples from yesterday’s lesson for help.








Web Resources for Finding Example Advertisements

To find web-based advertising for a product, simply type the product’s brand name into the search engine of your choice.

Ads of the World

Advertisements organized by seven different media.

Ad Flip

Searchable database of classic print ads, including some modern advertising.


Duke University’s database of newspaper and magazine ads from 1911 – 1955.

Coloribus Advertising Archive : Creative Ads

A searchable archive of video advertising.

Posted in ICT, Numeracy

Bonanza! Binary Number Game

Test your knowledge of binary numbers with this very addictive game. You simply look at the numbers on the right side, and then use your mouse to highlight the binary version on the left side. You can highlight in any order, enjoy 🙂

What was the highest level you reached?

What strategies did you use when you were playing the game?

What did would you rate this game out of 10 and why?

Posted in 6S

What do think of the new look?

I decided that my blog could do with a change as it has had the same theme (look) for a few years now. I’m not sure though as I really do like the old theme. So now I have decided to create a poll to see what you think. Please tell me if you like the new theme better or prefer the old theme by taking this poll, thank you.

Scratchpad theme
A brand new day theme




Which theme do you like?

A brand new day theme (previous theme)
Scratchpad theme (this one)
Like them both

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Posted in Riddles

Unsolved riddles

I have posted these riddles before but they remain unsolved. Can you crack them?

Riddle 1.

Riddle 2.

Riddle 3.

This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary, you’d think nothing was wrong with it. Actually, nothing is wrong with it, but it is not as ordinary as you think. If you think about it for a bit you will find what is truly unusual. So what is it?


Please post your answer as a comment below, good luck 🙂

Posted in 6S, Sport

Cross Country

Well done to everyone who competed on Wednesday!

Click on this picture to go to the school blog for more info, a slideshow of the day and a snapshot written by Braydan.

Congratulations the Sabrina & Braydan for making it to the second round!

Posted in Writing

Writing Prompt

Use this picture as a prompt to write a snapshot.

Who’s hands are they?
Why are they behind bars?
Where are they?

Remember to use ‘show me don’t tell me’ and include interesting descriptions and information in your piece.

If you would like to publish your writing please post as a comment below 🙂