Mansfield Primary School grade 5 and 6 students have been hard at work, designing, painting, hammering and weaving in preparation for their upcoming Pop Up Art Exhibition’ “Nailed It!”.
Under the expert guidance of art teacher, Lyn Gardiner, the students have executed their ideas successfully and the finished works are amazing!
“Nailed It!” will be on show 3:30 to 4:30pm, this week from Wednesday 7th to 8th, the following Tuesday 13th, 14th and 15th and the finally Tuesday 20th, 21st, 22nd of November at Top Terrace on MPS grounds, under the “shade tree” outside St Johns hall.
During our Poetry unit, 34A used The Black Book of Colours as a mentor text to model our own writing off.
In the book, a blind boy describes what each colour is to him using senses other than sight.
We worked on this concept and the use of similes to then create our own colour poems.
Brown feels like a scary bear.
Red sounds like a fire breathing dragon burning houses.
Black feels like a school bag.
Yellow sounds like a gold coin hitting the floor.
Green tastes like a sour apple.
Red feels like a red grape and apple.
Brown tastes like chocolate melting on your tongue.
Grey feels like clouds covering the sky.
Dark, dark green is like swampy water.
Pink feels like a pigs skin.
Dark yellow tastes like refreshing lemonade.
Dark purple tastes like lavender icecream.
Navy blue feels like soft school jumpers.
Red is the taste of a sour raspberry and smells like a beautiful rose.
Orange is like the sun beaming on my forehead.
Yellow is as bitter as lemon juice fizzing sourly in your mouth.
Green smells like fresh cut grass swaying in the cool breeze.
Blue is as dark as the night sky falling above you.
Purple smells like sweet lavender sitting n a small, watery jug.
Pink tastes like the ripest strawberry laying on a stem.
Black feels like a blindfold covering your face.
Aqua is the taste of fresh mint in a hot tea.
Grey is liken rain clouds pouring out tears of water.
Purple smells like lovely lavender.
Pink is like the sweet, juicy lollies.
Green is like luxurious cut grass.
Red is blood running down my scraped knee.
Black is like the cold winter night.
Dark green is like the salty chlorine.
Yellow is like a chirping bird.
Yellow tastes like a yummy banana.
Blue is like the sky on a sunny day.
Black is like the lovely night sky.
Brown is like stinky poop.
Red tastes like a yummy, bright red apple.
Red is like blood dropping from my scraped knee.
Blue tastes like a delicious blueberry.
Light pink and blue reminds me of the sweet taste of fairy floss.
Purple is like the juicy taste of blackcurrant and smells as sweet as lavender.
Red is like how much my mum and dad loves my brothers and me, and looks like poppy leaves.
Blue sounds like waves crashing on the rock at the seashore and is one of my favourite colours.
Green is like fluffy moss on a roack.
Pink is like sweet icing on a cupcake and how I feel happy when mum and dad give me hugs.
Yellow is like the silky sand squishing between your toes on a summers afternoon.
Blue is like splashing waves crashing and clamming into rocks on a fresh summers morning.
Green is like the perfectly cut grass in spring.
Brown is like a hot chocolate freshly made on an early winters morning.
Red is like a ripe juicy strawberry on a leaf.
Orange is like an orange on a branch.
Yellow is as bright as the sun.
Green is like the smell of fresh grass.
Blue is like the fresh smelling air.
Pink is like the rose growing in your garden.
Yellow tastes like mustard in a hot dog on my birthday.
Pink tastes like fairy floss from the fair.
Brown and yellow tastes like a banana icecream with chocolate topping.
Yellow and white tastes like buttered popcorn at the movies.
Yellow tastes tangy and bitter like an old lemon.
Red feels warm like my mum’s love.
Pink smells sweet like fairy floss that has just been made.
Blue sounds like the ocean waves crashing on the seashore.
Red you taste as bitter as a tiny, unripe strawberry.
Black you feel like a blindfold on my eyes that’s used for a pin the tail on the donkey game.
Orange you feel like a rough oranges skin.
Brown you taste like a warm hot chocolate we would drink on a cold winters morning.
Yellow you feel like a gooey Oobleck slime.
Violet you smell like fresh lavender.
Green you taste like a fresh and sour lime picked straight off the tree.
Indigo you taste as sweet as a hubba-bubba we can chew with ease.
Blue you feel as cold as winter midnight breeze.
The colour green feels like the tropical environment where the tigers roar and the beasts claw. The colour brings happiness, especially in spring so green is the way for the kids all day.
Orange feels like the warmth against my legs from the fire.
Gold is like the wonderful taste of perfectly cooked pancakes.
Blue is like the smell of wonderful, ripe blueberries.
Yellow tastes like the jaw dropping taste of buttered popcorn at the movies.
Neon pink is as soft as a pillow.
Pale green is as rough as a desert bush.
White is as fluffy as sheep wool.
Yellow tastes like Mountain Dew.
Emerald is as deep as a big, dark, haunted forest.
Blue is like the sun beating on my skin.
Deep orange is like an astonishing sunset.
Aqua is like the smooth sea.
Red is as hot as lava.
Bright blue is like the colour my hair is going to be.
Green you’re as sour as a small lime,
Hanging on a tree for a very long time.
Dark green you’re as rough as a tangled vine,
Swinging slowly in the sunshine.
Dark blue is as dark as the midnight sky,
But smells like the salty water crashing by.
Yellow tastes like a bitter lemon,
And when you bite into it you feel like you’re in heaven.
Brown tastes like coffee pouring into a mug,
Then you go crazy for a hug.
These are all great colours I’ll tell you now,
If you want to write a poem then I’ll show you how.
White is harmless like yang.
Black is like the taste of charcoal.
Green feels like slime – gooey and yuck!
Blue you smell like blueberry pie, waiting in the oven for me to pass by.
Lime you feel like ooey gooey slime, waiting in the shop for someone to buy.
Yellow you’re as hard as cheese, just waiting for a mouse to nibble with ease.
Aqua you’re as blue as the waves, crashing by on the rocks and on the sand like a musical band.
Gold you’re as royal as a queen in her castle, sorting her mail and finds a big parcel.
Black you’re as dark as an evil witch, flying in the air with a cat named Stitch.
Yellow is as shiny as the sun and as sour as Mountain Dew.
Black is like the night sky and sounds like a cat going “mow”.
Pink is as pretty as fairy floss just like a summer sunset.
Red is like fire lighting up the night sky.
Blue is like the ocean waves crashing on the shore.
Purple tastes like lollies on Halloween.
Pink tastes like sweet fairy floss.
Rainbow feels fluffy like a unicorn.
Orange tastes like oranges.
Red is like the taste of juicy watermelon. I hate when I find it runny on my leg.
Orange is like the sun beaming on my head. I like it when I hear a crunching sound underneath my feet, it tells me it’s Autumn.
Yzellow is like sour lemon fizzing in my mouth.
Green is as fresh as a ripe lime. It feels soft underneath my feet.
Blue is as cold as water from the ocean running down my face. It’s refreshing after a hot day.
Purple is like sweet lavender in my mouth, making its way to my stomach.
Pink is as yummy as a raspberry trying to not get rid of the taste.
Black feels like a blindfold on my face. I love black, it’s all I can see.
Pink you taste like yummy icing on a cupcake.
Purple you smell like lavender.
Light brown you are like a surprise in a parcel.
Green you smell like refreshing mint leaves.
Violet you are like a nice breeze on a summer night.
Black you are like a hug from mum when her hair tickles my face.
Orange you are like Halloween candy.
Cream you are like drinking lemonade on a hot summer night.
Red is like a hug from dad in winter to keep me warm.
Red tastes like a juicy watermelon.
Blue is like the waves crashing in the sea.
Pink tastes like ice cream frosting.
Green smells like grass been cut.
Yellow is like the sun beating on me.
Faded blue is like cuddling a soft blanket around my shoulders.
Red is like hugging my sister when she is sad.
Green is like grass which has been cut.
White is like clouds covering the blue sky during the day.
Silver is like a knight in shining armour saving a damsel in distress.
Light purple smells like lavender.
Dark pink is like frosting on a chocolate cake.
White is like the clouds gathering to rain.
Red is like a delicious strawberry cake ready to be cut.
Black is like a dark, dark creepy lake.
Orange is like a tiger snake slithering by.
Dark purple is like grapes on a vine so sour and delicious and really divine.
Green you’re as rough as the ground with all the leaves around.
Pink you’re as beautiful as a butterfly when they fly by.
Yellow you’re like a delicious lemon when you bite into it you feel like you’re in heaven.
Brown you smell like someone did a poo, so bad you feel like you need to do one too.
Blue you’re like the night sky with a witch flying by.
Mansfield Primary School farewelled a beloved teacher earlier this year when Annette Morgan retired after over 40 years of service.
Annette graduated from Toorak Teachers College in 1972, her first teaching position was here at Mansfield in 1974.
The move to Mansfield with her husband Peter in 1973 was to be a temporary one, although they soon found themselves part of the
community. While Annette was making her mark at MPS, Peter was working in real estate and contributing to the community via his
involvement with the Mansfield Football Club, the Mansfield Kindergarten and the Golf Club. The couple had three children Cindy,
Tate and Janelle who all attended MPS. Annette and Peter are still here, a valued part of our community, although the winters are
tough for the sun loving Annette!
In her time at Mansfield Primary Annette has seen a lot of change, not only staff members and students as they came and went, but
technology moving into the classroom and in the education system, curriculum and teaching styles. The school itself has also
changed considerably in that time growing in size to accommodate the increasing student population, from well under 200 in 1974 to
over 400 today.
Annette’s passion for educating our children was always evident, she taught Prep to Grade 4 but she was happiest when she was
able to help our Preps learn to be at school and take their first “steps” in literacy, numeracy and being a good friend.
Mansfield Primary School Council, along with staff, presented Annette with a beautiful photo album, documenting her time at the
school in pictures. The pictures were from Annette’s own collection which she has carefully kept all these years. A special school
assembly was held in Annette’s honour, her past students and colleagues attending to wish her well and thank her for all she has
Last term, Mansfield Primary School students across all year levels were encouraged to submit a short story or poem to a recent Write4Fun
Several students in years 3, 4 & 5 were notified that their submissions had made it through the 1st round of judging with grade 4 student Elsie Leatham later hearing that her poem “Growlers Gully Road” was selected as a finalist.
With over 10,000 submissions Australia wide from students in years Prep to 12 entering her achievement was remarkable.
“We are proud of all the students that wrote and submitted their poems and short stories and encourage all young or aspiring writers
artists and poets to write and create, you never know what could happen if you put yourself out there and give things a go!”
teacher Sally Kelly commented.
Write4Fun encourages young student writers and artists with fantastic competitions, publishing children’s work in their quality books
and conducting interactive, fun workshops across Australia.
During term two the 3/4 unit has been taking a look at our local history, with a particular focus on bushrangers. After sharing their varied projects with the school community as part of Education week all 5 classes took an excursion to Beechworth where they delved further into the regions history and learned more about the Kelly Gang.
Split into 4 groups the 3/4s were hosted at the Bourke Museum, The Kelly Vault, The Telegraph Station and The Beechworth Courthouse.
At the courthouse students were given roles to play in a re-enactment of Ned Kelly's trial which was held in the Beechworth Courthouse after the police shooting at Stringy Bark Creek in 1880.
The students came away from the experience with a greater understanding of our local history, inspired, happy and a probably more than a little tired.
Last week the Grade 6s ran a commonwealth games day for the whole school! They had an opening ceremony, a rotation of activities and a closing ceremony!
The whole day was coordinated by 8 amazing Grade 6 students, who gave up endless lunch times and worked together as a team to run and coordinate the running of the day. These students are: Adele Leon, Lockie Peck, Sam Guppy, Indi Nicholls, Erin Brond, Oscar Clelland, Madi Carvill & Judah Kelleher!
In 2018, the media team investigated what people like about school by heading out into the playground to ask:
"What do you like about MPS?"
"I feel safe here." - Julian Bruno
I" I love the play space" - Mrs Howe, teacher
"I like the equipment" - Mikayla Jones
"The teachers!" Zara Yenken, Charlotte Cleeland & Esher Berry
"Everyone is friendly" Maia Leatham
"I like PE" Troy Baltas
"Our school is nice and tidy" Harrison Sheeran
Last Tuesday on the 14 of November all of the grade 6 left Mansfield Primary and rode out to Merrijig, the weather was really hot and dry there was a lot of steep hills.
We camped at Merrrijig Primary and had butter chicken for dinner and carrot cake for desert, we all went for a swim in the river.
In the morning we had pancakes for breakfast we also had to pack up camp so we could leave before Merrijig Primary arrived at school. Group 4 left first then groups 3,2 and 1. We walked past the Merrijig pub and headed south towards Round Hill.
After a few hours we stopped and had lunch once we arrived at Timber Top we had a tour of the school, it was quite big.
Finally we were able to make camp at Darlings Huts. We had pizza for dinner and brownie for desert some people slept in the hut.
In the morning we had cereal for breakfast before packing up and setting off toward Forest Creek Saddle. We had lunch in the rain, walked in the rain told riddles in the rain. When we got to camp we set up our tents in the rain, and had tortellini for dinner and chocolate chip biscuits.
On the last day we backed up our wet tents, had breakfast and headed out to West Ridge we waited for an hour in a sheltered place for a storm to pass, when the storm had pased we kept walking it was very steep in some parts and then we finally reached the summit.
The final 200 m was the most exhilarating and exhausting time of the camp, we were all proud of our selves and each other for making it to the summit of Mt Buller.
by Toby Cotterill and Mahi Suggate
Well done to all the Grade 6 students on completing this amazing challenge, everyone at MPS is incredibly proud of you all!
(Footage shot by Jon Cotterill)