Category Archives: Stage 3

CUSCAL Buddy Experience!

“Good times come to an end…” It all started in Term 1, we began drafting letters for this big experience given to us by Mr. H (Our School Principal). We then got a short notice that our letters would be handed in very shortly! The stress we all had gave us a nervous feeling but the whole point was to build and gain confidence! And there our letters took off! Oh, what a feeling!

Oh, did I forget to introduce my buddy? Oh, his name is Brad! The rad one in the buddy system… Just receiving his amazing letters and writing back to him made me love and feel joy which made me a heap more desprate to meet him! But sadly we had to wait another 3 terms filled with suspense! “The effort you give is the effort you recieve”

One afternoon Miss Jones walks in with a black envelope… “What is it?” I asked my friends puzzled with curiousity… Not shortly after a silence occured, our letters were handed out one by one each with curiousity. We traded our letters one by one reading and observing the effort that they really put in! “One of the best moments in my life.”


Faria’s Literacy Buddy Experience

5J had the opportunity to write letters to some big buddies from company called “Cuscal”. We were to write letters to each other. My buddies name was Natasha, she was a kind and a wonderful buddy. We wrote letters to each other 2 to 3 times a term and we improved our writting skills significantly. We didn’t type our letters because it helps us improve our handwriting and it makes us think more creatively. I was really lucky because my buddy let her childeren write letters to me and their letters were fantastic. Finally on Thursday the 27th of October, 5J went to meet our buddies face to face. When we got there, I got to talk to my buddy and we had a tour around the offices. My buddy Natasha gave me a present and I gave her mine, then we took a group photo. Unforntenly after the photo we had to go back to school.That was my amazing experience with the my buddy and I hope it wont be the end.

Little Buddies meet Big Buddies

Literacy Buddies



Term 1, Miss Jones walked out of the staff room with a black folder, we had no idea what it was. She opened the folder and there were letters for my class. I felt so excited to see what mine said. I read mine and my peers letters. My buddy’s name was Rebecca. We had such a good time writing letters, asking questions and sending drawings. Unfortunately, my buddy Rebecca had to leave to go to Italy, but luckily I received a new buddy and her name was Bianca. Bianca and I have been writing letters to each other throughout the term. Yesterday we went to the city to meet our buddies and have a mini party. They showed us around our workplace. Walking up and down those stairs was like climbing up Mount Everest, in fact it is as big as Mount Everest. Bianca and I were talking and giving each other our presents. She gave me binoculars, a pen that is a USB, Diary, The Jungle Book story, Rubik’s cube, post it notes and a cookie. I gave Bianca a Disneyland soap pack and she complimented me ‘It makes me feel like I’m in Disneyland’ she said. That made me feel good. My favourite part of yesterday was when I met my buddy and had a mini party. The way I felt yesterday was excited and sad. I was sad because I had to leave my buddy.

By Alexandra

Dear Diary,

Yesterday  on the 27/10/16  my class 5J  had a trip  to a company called Cuscal, a place that makes ATM’s.My buddy  Jennifer who pays the people who work in the company came along and we had free lunch while others in the the school had to work and pay for the bake sale. We  went into this room where they test the ATM’S  to see if they work properly. If they don’t work you  wouldn’t want your card to be  stuck in the bank. My favourite part of the trip was when we sang happy birthday to the boss ‘Shaun the sheep’ . It was so fun! When our tour was over we went back to the party room where everyone was there before us. So we had lunch and took a group photo with our buddy. We had to  go back to school but we had time for one more thing. Can you guess what it is??? OPENING PRESENTS!!!!.  

When we headed off to our bus they gave us  a show bag. Inside the show bag there were many good, useful things for example, binoculars, a notebook, post-it notes, a USB pen and I also got a book called ‘The Book Of Horses and Unicorns’ and a 3D bookmark.

By Yalda


cuscal-company-logo  literacy-buddies-logofarias-buddyThis Is Faria’s Buddy: Natasha


bianca-ally-busddyThis Is Alexandra’s Buddy: Bianca

zac-buddy  This Is Zac A’s Buddy: Andrew

maddys-buddy This Is Madison’s Buddy: Elizabeth


PBL Update 6

5J and 5T have been working extremely hard to finish their amazing magazines and YouTube channels, to prepare and present their final projects in week 3. We have been using amazing tools to create our project, we started off using popplet to jot down our ideas about our magazines, then we moved onto MadMagz to create it whilst the Drone group have been using iMovie and have been so close to uploading their video on YouTube. Today we will be planning our presentations where we use screenshots and include them in our planning slides. #WorkingHard #Magazines #MadMagz #iMovie #LastWeekUntilPresentaion


PBL Update 5

During this session of PBL we have worked  to complete our magazines. In the coming week we will be presenting them. Most groups have completed and are ready to present. All groups have worked really hard in the past weeks and are excited to show others their final product.




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Y5 PBL Update 3

This week 5T and 5J worked on their PBL projects and they started off the session really well.

The group who are working on a YouTube channel have finished their first video and now need to start editing using iMovie and Panzoid.

All students have a group timeline to record what they are going to do each lesson. When they have completed something they get to tick it off.

We introduced a new timeline this week which is used for tracking where each group is in relation to how many articles they have finished.

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Stage 3 RFF – Book Week Task 1

WALT: To revise the structure and language features used in persuasive texts.

Book Week Text: And the Band played Waltzing Matilda


QUESTION: What is a discussion??

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TASK: ‘Should the ANZAC veterans march or not?’

Write a letter to the Prime Minister persuading the reasons as to why the Australian soldiers should or should not march.

Complete the task in your workbooks before publishing (if time)


  • Written Discussion structure and language features
  • A persuasive and reasonable argument
  • Written work must be edited


Year 5 PBL update 1


So far 5T and 5J have learnt to use new webtools such as madmagz. Madmagz is very helpful in many ways because it organises and places everything in order for your magazine like putting in a cover, articles and much more.

We all have a shared document for booking an interview with one of the teachers for learning more about  google apps,  iMovie and blogging etc.

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Our Driving Question


Yousif and I enjoy using and learning about different webtools to communicate with our peers and the community.

By: Jana and Yousif


Year 5 have are working on a Project Based Learning activity to help improve communication with peers, parents and the wider community.

First we had to plan what we were going to do. People worked in teams and the came up with different ideas to communicate. Some of the ideas were: using drones, technology glasses, school magazines and Youtube  and School TV channels.

We collaborated with all the ideas and put it to the vote for the best, most realistic ideas.

The most popular ideas were to create a School Magazine and include a Youtube channel.


5J’s Literacy Big Buddies!

A trial literacy buddy program has arrived at GPS and 5J took the opportunity to become “Little Buddy’s” to a corporate company known as Cuscal. The program consists of sending 2 screened letters per term (similar to the ‘penpal’ system) to professionals within the workforce. Students plan, draft and publish their letters in accordance with their classes writing cycle, drawing upon critical thinking, varied language and creativity.

Their letters include:
* Deeper level questions for their buddies. For example- What are the most important things to you and why?
* Information about who they are.
* Personal touches such as pictures and drawings, individual interests and favourite things.

They were very surprised at how much they had in common with their “Big Buddy’s” and look forward to continuing their communication throughout the year.

Pallavi’s Reconciliation Week Writing Challenge.

Never Was, Always Will Be

It’s finally the big day. I am the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person to get to vote in the ballot. I’m so happy that my family, friends and I get to have a say after such a long time. There has been such a big change in our society now everyone is diverse because of our ever-changing government. This is closing the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.

My family and I are so happy we are trying to calm down before we leave to vote. My brother Tom shouts out, “Hip Hip Horayyy!” Mum gets everyone into the car to go to Parliament. I get to do the honours for my Indigenous people. Our votes will count this time.

We have finally reached Parliament. Mum gets me set up and fixes my tie. Oh no! Max is here with a slushy. I’ll tell you why it’s a bad thing. One day I was playing peacefully and Max, my classmate, comes along with a slushy and purposely spills it all over me.

See why I am afraid of him. Max is a BIG, TERRIFING, MEAN BULLY. All he does all day is ruin peoples effort and time. Why… Why … Why is this happening to me right now? Max is jealous I can tell from his scrunched up face. He comes up to me looking pretty angry with that purple, red slushy. ‘SPLAT ’. That slushy is all over my no longer white shirt. I tell mum we need to get home right away and meanwhile I told dad to hold off the election.

I jump into the car, and tell mum to drive full speed ahead! Did mum listen to me? NO! Why? It’s because she always has to drive the perfect speed on the road. We finally reach home and I quickly rush off to change my shirt. Meanwhile there was a call from the Press Adviser of the Prime Minster asking where I am. WH … WH… WHAT A PHONE CALL FROM THE PRESS ADVISOR ASKING WHERE I AM. It’s nobody else the prime minister is looking for it’s me she’s looking for. OH DARN! I’M IN TROUBLE!

I quickly take my shirt off so mum can wash it right away. I check my wardrobe to find a white shirt. I’m lucky I found one of my white sophisticated shirts. In a flash of a light we are back in the car all ready to go back to Parliament. Again, I told mum to go full speed ahead, did she listen? Yesss! Finally mum will rush to get our vote. I’m just sitting down and enjoying the ride.

I get there and there’s a red carpet so I can walk up to vote. Before I can have my vote the Prime Minister Pallavi Kamoda gives a few words. I get introduced. It’s time. I take my vote. This is just the beginning of a new chapter.


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If you are reading this then WE KNOW you are here for the right reasons!!

You are ready to start thinking about designing your own websites!

It is time to have some fun and experience:

Digital Sandpit Time

This is time for you to explore and create without the teacher telling you exactly what to do. You will need to explore and be creative. There are endless possibilities. How many things can you discover about this website? How many things will you be able to share with someone else at the end of the lesson?

Clues: click and drag…..see what happens….

WALT: We are learning to explore a new web tool

TIB: This is because it is important to spend time understanding how things work before we try to use it


  • sign up to Weebly
  • explore the website
  • find at least 4 things you will use on your website
  • share something you have learned with a partner


Maths Mania

Have you had a chance to use Maths Mania yet?

Maths Mania

This is our new website subscription for all students K-6.

Follow this link to the website, login and check out the tasks your teacher has set for you.

Please leave a comment here to share your thoughts about this website.

What do you like about it?

How do the activities help you to learn?

What would you change?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.




5T Write text reviews


WALT: question and reflect on a specific text

TIB: good readers think critically about what they read and recommend texts to others


  • Watch video (wear headphones)
  • Answer all the questions in literacy books using full sentences
  • Read your answers to a group member
  • Listen to someone else’s review

Review questions

Where is the story set?

How can you tell the story is set here?

What is the best part of the story?

What do or don’t you like about the story?

How have you changed since reading the story?

What does the story make you want to do?

Bebras Challenge

Want a new challenge?

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Do you enjoy solving puzzles and working collaboratively to find solutions? Do you read instructions carefully?

Why not try out this website for some computational thinking.

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For the free challenges you will need to click the Bebras365 tab and scroll down to the relevant year group. You might even want to challenge yourself.

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think and what you recommend for others.

Reciprocal Reading in 5T

WALT: Understand and explain the importance of reciprocal reading groups and share it with a wider audience via blogs.

TIB: Reciprocal reading helps us learn to guide group discussions using four comprehension strategies (summarising, questioning, clarifying, and predicting). This encourages us to think about our own thought process during reading and helps us to be actively involved and monitor our comprehension skills as we read.


  • Why is reciprocal reading important?
  • Are the interconnectors useful in helping to understand the text deeper? Why/ why not?
  • Summarise the comprehension strategies we use when reading.




In pairs, choose a webtool to SHOW your understanding of reciprocal reading and its importance. (popplet, prezi, padlet, bubblus, voki, microsoft word, google slide). Record at least 8 things about reciprocal reading.

You may use titles, images, sub- headings etc to demonstrate your understanding.

Save your presentation and add 1 thing about reciprocal reading to the shared Padlet



SRC merit certificate competition


Competition Poster

Thanks to Mrs Belomesoff and the SRC, students in years 3-6 have had the opportunity to design a new merit certificate to replace the old one: 

Old Merit Award

Take a look at some of the creative designs Guildford students have come up with. It was a difficult decision indeed!

Congratulations to our  2016 winner: Anna in 6AK!

Winning Entry 2016
Winning Entry 2016


We will all look forward to receiving one of these fabulous awards at the fortnightly assemblies.

5T Research task!

As part of the HSIE unit, 5T have been learning about the Australian history.
In pairs, students have been using their library time effectively to research early Australian explorers by using their questioning skills to find information (5W 1H questions).

Task! Comment on the box below by typing in ONE interesting question you are using to find information about your famous early Australian explorer/s AND what Web tool you will use to present your research to the class.

Happy researching 5T!