A big congratulations to Zac and Giuliana for writing this weeks script and presenting our news report.  Well done to Eleanor and Candice for their Camera Work & Editing.  Great job team.  What a busy but successful week we have had in 5ST.  Well done to all our wonderful students.

#4 5ST NEWS REPORT from Shelly Michalke on Vimeo.

5ST Amazing Maths Race

Eight strong and determined teams, locked in fierce battle, striving to be crowned the 5ST Amazing Maths Race champions.  That was, until the power went out.
One of the team challenges required teams to make several Polygon shapes using only their team members bodies.
See below some of the photos from our very first 5ST Amazing Maths Race.

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Hi 5ST

I have sent an email to you on your school email but I am putting this here in case some of you miss it.


There are many of you who have not handed in your Pen Pal Letter homework and many of you who have only handed in a draft.  Your Pen Pal letter needs to be finished and ready to post by Monday afternoon at the latest.  It was due Friday 🙁


5ST students are working collaboratively with students from the Good Shepherd Catholic School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and  Jubilee Elementary School, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The project is the “Monster Exchange Project”.

Here are some of our monsters that we are exchanging.

See if you can work out which of the above monsters this description fits.

  1. Draw a bell starting from the middle.
  2. Draw an oval at the bottom of the bell horizontally.
  3. Draw 9 teeth in the oval top and bottom.
  4. Draw a nose and a moustache under it.
  5. Draw an eye on the left of the nose.
  6. On top of the eye draw an eyebrow.
  7. On top of the head draw 2 ears and a hat.
  8. Draw two feathers on the right side of the hat.
  9. Where there is no eye draw a stitched eye.
  10. Under the head draw the top of a cup.
  11. Do a diamond necklace around his neck.
  12. At the ending of the cup do six octopus tentacles and colour the body and head in the colour
  13. Colour the mouth red but don’t forget to leave the teeth white.
  14. On the eye ball do veins red
  15. Colour the stitched eye brown

(Post a comment if you can work it out)


Monster Exchange began in 1995 when John Thompson, a dedicated parent of a Brunner Elementary student in New Jersey, joined with Brian Maguire, a former third grade teacher, to create and participate in an educational project for the Kindergarten-8th grade level.

Monster Exchange is designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating Internet technology into the classroom curriculum. Classrooms from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together; the students in each classroom are split into groups, each of which designs an original picture of a monster. The students must then write a description of the monster. The partnered classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet. These students are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking at the original and using only the written description of the monster.

The written descriptions, original monster pictures, and redrawn monster pictures are scanned and uploaded to the Internet using the browser-based Monster Gallery Builder. The Monster Gallery Builder is entirely form-based and does not require the teacher or student to know any HTML code.

The Monster Galleries are then published, and feedback is provided via e-mail.