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A great day was had by all in Room 1 making lemonade, although I hear they may have exhausted a vast amount of sugar!!

Room 1 completed an exercise in procedural writing, followed by the making of the lemonade. Suffice to say, it was lots of fun and a great success. WELL DONE!!!!


Managing the science garden continues as we have now re-planted the topiaries (Duranta Geisha Girl) and have re-planted out the proposed hedge. Experience having taught us that the Tom Thumbs couldn’t stand up to the summer heat, we have chosen Westringia Jervis Gem and Westringia Lilac and Lace to take their place. These natives to Western Australia should do well, and like a good hair-cut, so look out for the hedge developing over the coming months.

General maintenance continues with mowing, raking, watering and adding a fish fertilizer every two weeks to the watering cans to boost plant growth. Our gerberas are enjoying their second flush of flowers, just in time for the ANZAC service.


Once again the year 11 and 12 students from SEDA (Sports Education Development Australia) came to our school to deliver a series of Fremantle Docker inspired footy clinics. SEDA is an excellent option for students who want to complete their senior secondary education whilst gaining vocational education and training (VET) qualifications that are nationally recognised. Students graduate SEDA as mature, resilient, independent and capable young adults with the ability to both lead and work within teams. For more information about SEDA feel free to speak to Mr De Antoni or you can view their webpage:

Great Ball skills on display


Lots of fun learning and challenging our skills

Great kicking and moment !!

Hurrah !! A great Learning Experience

Firefighters visit GPS!

On Thursday 24 November, 2016 firefighters from Maddington Fire Station visited Gosnells Primary School. Year 3 students from Rooms 4, 5 and 6 were given an interesting talk about fire safety and the jobs firefighters perform in our community.

Craig, Justin, Kyle and Jeff taught the children 5 important points:

  • phone 000 in an emergency and give the operator your address and closest cross street;
  • in case of fire, get down low and crawl under the smoke;
  • have an escape plan in case of fire at your home;
  • change the batteries in your smoke detectors on April Fool’s Day each year;
  • stay a metre from the heater.

The children saw the protective clothing and equipment used by firefighters in emergencies. This activity allowed the children to become familiar with the appearance and sound of rescuers wearing breathing apparatus.

After the talk, the students were treated to an inspection of the fire engines and equipment. The firefighters invited everyone to stand on the 30m hose to see if the children could stop the water from reaching the nozzle. Even with about 50 children standing on the hose, the pressure was so great that it couldn’t be stopped. Then, the firefighters sprayed water on all the children. It was a wonderful surprise on such a hot day!

The students and teachers of Rooms 4, 5, and 6 would like to thank the firefighters from Maddington Station for a very informative and enjoyable presentation.







Conclusion Writing

Writing a conclusion in Year One usually means we talk about what we learnt as a whole group discussion. We answer questions and we always refer back to our hypothesis, as it is the guide to our experiment and drives our thinking. After our discussion, we go and write about what we’ve learnt. It takes a lot of concentration to write our conclusions, as you can see here from Room 13’s efforts.







K/PP Athletics Carnival

First of all, WOW!!! What a fantastic fun morning; the Kindy and Pre-primary children did a wonderful job and all joined in beautifully.

The carnival went off without a hitch mostly due to the parents who offered their valuable time to wear the high vis. (didn’t they look great) and help out. All the K/PP staff appreciated your support.

Our sincere thanks also go to Miss Fiorentino for taking time out of her busy schedule to not only open the carnival but to take photos. Thank you to Mr Anderson who also made a welcome appearance and cheered the children on, even taking part in the parent rolling relay. Huge thanks also go to the following people who undertook carrying assorted items, toilet duty, putting on of ribbons, lines man, the collapsing of tents (not an easy job) and the returning of equipment. Thank you Elaine, Debbie, Ivan, Leah, Leanne, Mechelle, Nicole, Jodie, Cherie, Carrina, Charmion, Paula and Belinda you are all amazing! Special thanks to Olivia (Yr 6) for taking time to help us out.

Our thanks also go to the P& C for putting on the bake sale. Yum!

Lastly to all of you who attended to cheer and support our children on their special morning.

Your attendance added to the fun and participation made the day worthwhile for all.

Thanks again

The Kindy and Pre-primary staff.

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Year 5/6s head to prison!

Fremantle Prison

Yesterday we went to Fremantle Prison. Our tour guide, Moira, was cool and funny. Moondyne Joe was a famous prisoner because he escaped many times. The last time he could have stayed free for ever but they accidently found him in a wine cellar. After we learnt about Moondyne Joe we saw his cell; it was really dark. We got to see the shower room and the clothes room. Then we got to see the triangle where Ngadang was flogged by the cat-o-nine tails because he was a bad, bad boy. Some of the cells were nicer because they had a TV and a bigger space. They also had a desk and their chairs were good too. After we had toured Fremantle Prison we had a lunch break at the park, then we went to the Roundhouse in Fremantle. The trial was number 2.4.1834 and the crime was breaking into a house and larceny therein at Fremantle. The sentence was transportation beyond the seas.

By Georgia B


Fremantle Prison and Roundhouse

On the 3rd November rooms 1, 2 and 8 went to the one and only Fremantle Prison and the Roundhouse. When we arrived at the prison, our tour guide, Moira, lead us through the prison and talked about all the history. She made us march to the escape yard like actual prisoners. Moira told us about, and showed us Moondyne Joe’s cell. It was very interesting as we had learnt about him at school. She showed us all around the prison and we even got to be locked in a dark, punishment cell. In the church we were taught more about the prison and prisoners. The prisoners only got a hammock, bucket and a bible in their tiny cell. I thought the visit was awesome and fun.

Next we went to the Roundhouse. I got to shoot the cannon and it was really loud (it made my ears ring). When we inside the Roundhouse we learnt about the history of it. There was a stock that was used to embarrass the convicts.

I had a really good day.

Paige A




Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison was such a crime zone;

It used to be full of criminals.

We learnt about Moondyne Joe;

Who made it his mission to escape from prison.

We saw his dark, creepy cell;

Full of studs so he couldn’t rest his head.

Pests were bred in the cracks;

Prisoners earned money for catching rats.

A creepy triangle was where you were flogged;

A cat-o-nine tails whipped your back.

Stocks were used to humiliate prisoners;

We saw this at the Round house.

By Zainab K




Year 4 Earth & Space Sciences

Using the book The Rock Cycle, year 4s are investigating each type of rock formation: igneous rock, sand and sediments, sedimentary rock and metamorphic rock.

The first stop for us is looking at sedimentary rock: stalagmite and stalactite rock formation.

In our session we have asked these questions

  1. What process is involved in the formation of stalagmites and stalactites?
  2. Why do these rocks often form in pairs?
  3. What makes up the sediment in stalagmites and stalactites?

The sample below is from week 1. Here we can see the saturated solution of Epson salts and water. Along the string (which serves as the cave ceiling), we can see just the beginnings of stalactite formation as the water evaporates away, leaving the crystalized solid to build up into a sedimentary rock.

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How does the garden grow?

The school garden is starting to bloom with the advent of some warmer weather. Thanks to those early-bird students who come to Gardening Club on Wednesdays, we are managing this environment by keeping the hedge area weeded, the topiaries trimmed and the lawn mowed. We are gradually adding other elements to the garden to draw more birds and insects to the area and are enjoying watching the seasonal development of our deciduous tree.
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The cogs are turning…

Ahh, a sight to gladden a teacher’s heart! You can positively feel the brain-power at work! The scientists in Room 1 were trying to formalize their thinking on how light refracts – one of the four boundary behaviours of light we’ve studied this term.

In order to write a good conclusion one must:

  1. Refer to the hypothesis, either confirming one’s thinking or changing it.
  2. Refer to the variables: very often, the way we know what we’ve tested is by looking at what we know we didn’t In later years the students will refer only to the independent and  dependent variables, but for now, referring to the controlled ones also helps establish what we’ve learnt.
  3. Refer to the data. You’d be surprised at how reluctant some students are to turn back a page and look at the data collected in order to confirm their thinking! But it really is vital to look at results in order to confirm one’s thinking.
  4. Use key words. In this case the key words were refract/refraction, bends, water, coin, and the types of controlled variables for this experiment.